Last May, DreamWorks Animation SKG treated College of Architecture
students, faculty and staff to a pre-release screening of its
new animated feature film, “Over the Hedge,” at the
Cinemark Hollywood U.S.A. theater in College Station.
Joining the Aggie moviegoers was special guest Mike Fry, co-creator
of the “Over the Hedge” syndicated comic strip, on
which the movie is based.
After the feature, Fry, who writes the comic strip, talked about
his creative partnership with T. Lewis, who draws it, and their
experience in bringing their work to film.
Fry also writes and draws “Committed,” an irreverently
funny comic that takes a realistic look at what life is like
in a household where both parents work. He is executive producer
and creative consultant for the animated “Committed” television
series and is creator of strips “Cheeverwood,” and “Scotty” and
the editorial cartoon “No Bull.”
Born in Minneapolis, Fry attended Baylor University and holds
a bachelor of arts in history from the University of Texas at
Austin. He was an editorial cartoonist for the student newspapers
at both universities and his first cartoon published after college
appeared in Playboy magazine. He is a founding partner of RingTales,
an Internet start-up that provides and distributes animated serialized
content for the Web, and he has worked with Mondo Media to create,
produce and develop interactive animated Web programming.
Like the Dreamworks film, the “Over the Hedge” cartoon
follows a band of woodland animals as they learn to co-exist
with — even exploit — a strange new world called
suburbia. Fry and Lewis, who have known each other since 1992
when they both contributed to the “Mickey Mouse” comic
strip, collaborate on the “Over the Hedge” strip
via the telephone and the fax machine.
"Over the Hedge" co-creator Mike
Fry discusses his work at a prerelease screening for Aggies
Two characters from the new Dreamworks
animated feature "Over the Hedge"