Matt Thompson

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Matt Thompson

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Matt Thompson is best known as the co-creator/executive producer of Sealab 2021, Frisky Dingo, and Archer, all of which he has worked on with his partner Adam Reed. He has also done some voice acting.

Thompson got his start in television by doing grunt work at the fledgling Cartoon…more

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  • Trivia

    • The hand puppets on the show High Noon Toons were named Haas and Lil' Jo. Matt named them this as a pun on the Bonanza characters Hoss and Little Joe.

    • Matt's first show, High Noon Toons, was based on an idea he had while very hungover. His boss at Cartoon Network had asked him to come up with an idea for filler programming during a three-hour block of cartoons. Matt got very drunk the night before the meeting and failed to come up with anything. When he had to present his idea, he just started making his hand talk like a puppet, and the show was born.

    • Matt met Adam Reed while they were both working for Cartoon Network in the early 1990s, when they were both in their early twenties. They had similar senses of humor and became friends.

    • On Matt's first show, High Noon Toons, he and fellow voice actor/writer Adam Reed were frequently drunk on the set. They once set fire to a prop spaceship on the set because they thought it would look cool. They were reprimanded both for the fire, and for drinking on the job.

    • Matt said his favorite show on tv in 2011 is Modern Family.

    • Matt based the Archer character Pam on a friend of his in Atlanta.

    • Matt and Adam Reed worked on a live action kids show with Carrot Top, under Turner Entertainment (who owns Cartoon Network). They did not enjoy the experience, but agreed to it in return for being allowed to produce Sealab 2021. However, the network didn't hold up their end of the bargain and Matt and Adam left (though they would return later, with the advent of Adult Swim).

    • The name for Matt's production company, 70/30 Productions (which closed down in 2009), is based on the idea that Matt would do 70% of the producing and 30% of the writing, with his partner Adam Reed doing the reverse.

  • Quotes

    • Matt: (on casting voice actors) The voice has to pop out of the screen. That's why Jon Benjamin is always recognized as being so good at voiceover. There's something about his voice that you instantly hear it and leaps out at you. It's not just his acting ability, it's his sound, quality, and temper of his voice.

    • Matt: (about the balance of comedy and action in Archer) It does walk a line. It can't be a regular comedy script. Adam Reed writes all the shows but he and I talked about it a lot and it's tricky because if you write a script and it doesn't have some tension and doesn't have consequences, [it doesn't work]. We've tried to get some other writers to write the show and we always get these really funny scripts that have nothing to do with the show. No tension, no drama. It has to be a balance between comedy and telling a spy story.

    • Matt: (on Archer, which he produces) The show works best when it does have overarching storyline, and the characters have to learn something. I love the shows like The Simpsons and Family Guy and stuff, but that's not this show. I hope that you won't come back a year later and say, "I am completely bored by Archer. He's just doing the same thing over and over again."

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