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Posted: Tuesday, September 29, 2015 7:00 pm

For people of a certain generation (myself included), Butch Hartman’s animated oeuvre is part of the pantheon of after-school classic cartoons. With his inimitable style — a synthesis of dense, vaudevillian, every-line-a-laff patter and genuine heart — Butch’s work, which includes Nickelodeon fan favorites like "Danny Phantom" and "T.U.F.F Puppy," has tended to transcend going for the simple gag, opting instead for more unique storytelling perspectives.

And it seems to have worked: His long-running "The Fairly OddParents," about the adventures of the pink-hatted Timmy Turner and his fairy godparents Cosmo and Wanda, was recently renewed for a 10th season. While his animated ventures keep him extremely busy, Butch found the time to launch a kid-friendly mobile app stuffed to the brim with live-action shows, animated shorts and wacky games. He calls it the Noog Network (NoogNetwork.com) — “Something I’ve found time to do on the weekends,” he says with a laugh. And if that isn’t enough, Butch and his wife, Julieann, are the co-founders of Hartman House (www.hartmanhouse.org), a nonprofit that builds homes, provides sustenance, education and spiritual growth to vulnerable people. I spent some time chatting with Butch about where he finds inspiration, what’s behind his new Noog Network, and, most meaningfully, his faith.

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