FLEXITUBE is NYCentric! The creative team that devised this new series is Flexitoon, a NYC based puppet production company that for 30+ years has brought original puppet visions to national and international children’s television. Flexitoon helped put Nickelodeon on the map with Ace Award winner "PINWHEEL", (prompting Time Magazine to call the Pinwheel Puppets "the best"); they turned the Weekly Reader characters into dimensional stars with "KIDS-TV" on Showtime; starred as "DJ KAT" on FOX (won Outstanding Kid's Show Award from New York State Broadcasters); and helped develop and perform the popular Juke Box Band on the multi-awarded children's series "SHINING TIME STATION" starring George Carlin. Flexitoon was awarded the first National Endowment for Children's Educational Television Grant and created and produced the special "GOIN' UP" for Thirteen/WNET. Flexitoon won the 1996 Henson Foundation/UNIMA Award for Outstanding Broadcast Puppetry.
The founders of Flexitoon are puppet artists Craig Marin & Olga Felgemacher. Craig (Henry/Hector/Grandpa Homer) is a native New Yorker who grew up watching kid TV show legends like New York’s Chuck McCann. This fueled his vibrant imagination and he has been pulling strings his entire life (so far). Craig also makes all the puppets. His partner in art and life, Olga (Cassandra/Abigail) graduated from Northwestern University and moved to New York City where she became lead puppeteer at the legendary Bil Baird Marionette Theater, a cultural touchstone for almost 10 years. Olga also makes the costumes. Founding member of the Flexitoon Puppet Theatre and Artistic Associate Jonathan Freeman (Captain Bigboot/Abearnathy) has a long history with puppets dating from his childhood up to working with Olga at the Bil Baird Marionette Theatre. Jonathan is a Broadway veteran (She Loves Me, Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins) as well as the voice of Jafar in Disney's Aladdin. He also works with Olga on many of the puppet costumes. Hailing from Westchester, Mike Campbell joined Flexitoon 8 years ago. Former head creative at J Walter Thompson, Mike is the official Flexitoon ‘Digiteer’ – moving those puppety pixels around.
From different studios throughout Manhattan, Flexitoon has created a dynamic range of puppets and marionettes for all media including TV, Film Fests, commercials and stage. Their work has won awards from Emmy’s to Clios to Official Selection Laurels. Their live Flexitoon Puppet Theatre has traveled to many places around the globe, including representing America at the Global Festival of Puppet Arts in Taiwan..
Having loved NYC kid TV shows, creating FLEXITUBE for the same market is a dream come true for the Flexitoon Team. The series is designed “for children and other people” in anticipation of capturing a wide demographic. Original, magical, hilarious fun, there is nothing else anywhere like the home-grown, wacky intelligence of FLEXITUBE.