Kyle Adam Carrozza (born May 19, 1979) is an American animator, musician, songwriter, comedian, writer and voice actor who is the creator of the animated series Mighty Magiswords on Cartoon Network, billed as the network's first online digital series. Prior to Mighty Magiswords, he was also the creator of MooBeard the Cow Pirate; an animated short from Nickelodeon's Random! Cartoons.
Besides animating and cartooning, Carrozza is also an accordionist and singer in which he performs songs such as "I Like Pie" under the name "TV's Kyle" in The FuMP.
Carrozza was born in Catskill, New York. As a young child, Carrozza was influenced by many cartoon shows on television, mostly Bob Clampett's Looney Tunes. Most of the cartoons he watched were inspirations for his own drawing style. Shows such as Beany and Cecil and Garfield helped influence his drawings. He also got into anime in 1996 while he was at high school and particularly enjoyed watching Ranma 1/2 and Project A-ko. His big influence came from animation director, cartoonist and storyboard artist Ken Mitchroney from reading and submitting fan work to his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics from Archie Comics. He later got to work with Mitchroney in his career.
During his senior year in high school in 1997, he was invited to visit StarToons; a defunct-animation studio in Chicago, Illinois and met the studio owner Jon McClenahan who criticized his drawing work online when he sent him fan letters (along with Ren & Stimpy creator, John Kricfalusi). He worked on the famous Warner Bros. series Animaniacs in StarToons doing some cleanups and in-betweens for the Slappy Squirrel cartoon, "Bully for Skippy", for two days. The work on Animaniacs helped his animation and cartoon ability grow. He was offered a full-time job but passed it down because he already accepted a full tuition scholarship to the Art Institute of Philadelphia after winning a portfolio contest.
Recently in an interview, Jon McClenahan stated that Carrozza's work for the show was possibly re-done, which may be the reason why he wasn't credited.
After graduating from the Art Institute in 1999, the college send his portfolio to the defunct CD-rom studio Funnybone Interactive in Canton, CT. He worked as a character designer, 2D animator and voice actor in the studio. He worked on proposed CD Roms never made and mostly worked on the JumpStart CD Roms. He was dismissed in 2001 as the company decided to drop 2D graphics in order to favor completely 3D games. He subsequently moved back in with his parents.
Carrozza also did some animation for a cartoon short called "Da Heist" for the American animation studio, Fantasimation Inc. located in Levittown, New York He also storyboarded the opening sequence for the non-licensed children's concept, Kappie the Kangaroo, at the same studio. Carrozza's hiring may be due to the fact that Brian Mitchell, who Carrozza studied over the summer, was the owner of the studio. However, Brian Mitchell stated that since Mitchell left the studio around the time, he never saw Carrozza at the studio but remembered that Carrozza was working at Funnybone at the time the projects were in production.
Nickelodeon / MooBeard
Carrozza did not have much luck until in 2005 where he pitched MooBeard the Cow Pirate to Nickelodeon and Frederator Studios for their then-upcoming series, Random! Cartoons. One of his friends, who was a crew member on My Life as a Teenage Robot, told him about the then-fourth season of Oh Yeah! Cartoons needing new shorts. After several storyboards, he got the greenlit. He did the final storyboards, key poses, character designs, voice direction and provided the voices of "Ungus the Unpleasant" and the "Cow Eating Gentleman".
During MooBeard, he did some storyboard revisions for Catscratch, a series on Nickelodeon created by one of his favorite and inspirational artists Doug TenNapel who was also working on two Random! Cartoons shorts "Solomon Fix" (done in computer animation) and "Squirly Town" (done in traditional), which were rejected by the director. After MooBeard, Carrozza later did some storyboards for the second season of Fanboy & Chum Chum, another series from Random! Cartoons. He worked alongside Ken Mitchroney, who was storyboarding for the series.
He storyboarded several episodes of Danger Rangers in PBS.
He returned to Frederator Studios for a short period in which he did storyboard revisions for the Bravest Warriors episode "Catbug".
Cartoon Network / Mighty Magiswords
Carrozza's animated series Mighty Magiswords premiered on Cartoon Network Video and Cartoon Network Anything on May 6, 2015.
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His music was inspired by famous artists Weird Al Yankovic, They Might Be Giants and Dr. Demento. Carrozza started recording his own music in 1990 after discovering They Might Be Giants. He was also inspired by Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?. The show featured a group called "Rockapella" who performed rock songs using only their voices. Carrozza got a stereo out and began recording some simple a capella musical pieces adding two more "tracks" by playing another stereo while recording.
He is now currently recording his own solo songs for The FuMP and his own Bandcamp website as well as making occasional live performances and collaborations with other FuMP members.
On May 18, 2019, a day roughly before his 40th birthday, Carrozza launched a Kickstarter campaign for the release of his new album "Commodore Touchdown" in conjunction with Needlejuice Records.
While working at Funnybone, he started his comic book series Clare's Stupid Life for Antarctic Press. It has since gone on to become a 6-part series for Radio Comix's long-running comic anthology Furrlough. Clare was recently voted the ninth most popular comic feature in FURRLOUGH'S 140+ issue history. He also did some work on the comic series, Ninja High School for the same company. He also did a comic titled Frog Raccoon Strawberry on Dumm Comics from 2008 up to 2014 because he and his animator friend, John Berry, were too busy on production with Magiswords. He also did graphic drawings and designs for Kee Kee Koki; a Spanish comic created by Looney Tunes artist and cartoon director, Dave Alvarez. He even created some characters for the comic series and even original designs. He also worked on the ABCmouse.com website for a year. He is also a freelance artist at the time, offering services to many clients and some graphic designs for some artists.
Kyle is the son of Catskill Middle School teacher and photographer Carl Carrozza and Anne Carrozza. He has one sister; Laura, who works as a painter in Albany, New York. Kyle is also the grandson of WWII soldier, Frank P. Carrozza; who survived the 344th Bomb Group.
|1997 (original); 2020 (reboot)||Animaniacs||Animator (Startoons/uncredited; original series), Storyboard artist (freelance and in-house; reboot series)|
|2005||Random! Cartoons||Creator, storyboard artist, character designer, composer, director|
|2005–2006||Danger Rangers||Storyboard revisionist|
|2006-2008||Ralph Panda and the Half Baked Ditz||Animator, voice artist, creator|
|2010–2011||Fanboy and Chum Chum||Storyboard artist (season 2)|
|2012||Fish Hooks||Storyboard artist|
|2013||Doc McStuffins||Flash animator, storyboard artist for The Doc Files|
|2015–2019||Mighty Magiswords||Creator, show runner, story, writer, executive producer, storyboard artist, composer, theme song writer, character design, background design, model designer|
|2011||God Bless America||Actor (Guitarist)|
|2015||The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water||Character layout artist|
|2009||Funny or Die||Composer|
|2009||Ask the Guy with the Glasses||Animator, voice artist, writer (Klondike Bar Contest Entry cartoon)|
|2011||Some Jerk with a Camera||Actor (Doc Brown #39) / Ep: Back to the Future: The Ride - Part III|
|2012||Bravest Warriors||Storyboard artist (CatBug)|
|2012||Joe Goes||Guest (Joe Goes Power Rangers)|
|2012||Garage Pro TV||Guest (Joe Goes Power Rangers)|
|1999||JumpStart Explorers||Character designer, 2D Animator, Voice Actor|
|1999||JumpStart Around the World||Voice|
|2000||JumpStart Adventure Challenge||Character Designer, Artist, Animator|
|2007||ABC Mouse||Character designer, Graphic Design|
|2002||Spookycube: Quest for Pie||Writer, animator|
|2004||ONE PIECE of Crap||Co-writer, co-animator|
|2008||Weird Eddie: Luck of the Oafish||Creator, animator, voice artist, writer|
|1999||JumpStart Explorers||Additional Voices||Video game|
|1999||JumpStart Around the World||Brady Bear||Video game|
|2002||Spookycube: Quest for Pie||SpookyCube / Computer Programmer / Additional Voices||Short film|
|2004||ONE PIECE of Crap||Jack / Roronoa Zolo / Red-Haired Shanks / Rapper / Additional Voices||Short|
|2008||Random! Cartoons||Ungus the Unpleasant / Ungentlemanly Pig||Episode: "MooBeard the Cow Pirate"|
|2015–2019||Mighty Magiswords||Prohyas / Announcer / Grup the Dragon / Additional Voices||92 episodes|
|2017||The ChickenDuck Show||ChickenDuck / Wilbur||"Duckwatch"|
|2018||The PowerPuff Girls||Harmadillo||Episode: Bubbles the Blue|
|1985||Heathcliff||Fan Letter (Heathcliff's Letter Box)||Marvel|
|1988||Mighty Mutanimals Issue #5||Fan Art||Archie Comics|
|1989||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures Issue #16||Fan Art||Archie Comics|
|1994||The Simpsons||Junk Mail||Bongo Comics|
|1994-1995||Bartman||Fan Letter (Bartmail)||Bongo Comics|
|1997||Patty Cake||Fan Letter (Patty Post)||Caliber Press|
|1999||Clare's Stupid Life||Creator, artist, inker||Furrlough / Radio Comix' Manga Ex|
|1999||Ninja High School||Artist, inker||Furrlough / Radio Comix' Manga Ex|
|1999||Tech High||Artist, inker||Furrlough / Radio Comix' Manga Ex|
|2006||Tea Party||Artist, writer||P.M.B.Q. Publishing|
|2006-2008||Kee Kee Koki||Artist, designer||David Alvarez Productions|
|2009-2015||Frog Raccoon Strawberry||Co-creator, artist, inker||Dumm Comics|
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