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Thursday, June 5th, 2008
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Inside Thirteen Blogger: Ellen Doherty, series producer, CYBERCHASE

On CYBERCHASE, not only do I get to work with wonderful colleagues here at Thirteen, making fun action adventure cartoons about math, but I also have the pleasure of working with incredibly talented actors like Christopher Lloyd, who was recently nominated for an Emmy Award for his performance as The Hacker, and comedian Gilbert Gottfried, who brings such humor and heart to cyberbird Digit.

This week, I got another memorable experience because Matthew Broderick, who’ll always have a place in my ‘80s heart for playing Ferris Bueller, stopped by to record a guest star spot in a special “Father’s Day” episode of CYBERCHASE that’ll premiere next year.

Matthew is playing both Max (the easy-going and likeable dad of a good friend of the CyberSquad) and an evil robot version of Max created by the villainous Hacker in order to ruin both Father’s Day and Max’s spotless reputation.

It was a real treat to watch Matthew bring these characters to life using only his voice, giving a warm “Daddiness” to Max and a dastardly zeal to Robot Max, Hacker’s evil invention. One of my favorite moments: there’s a spot in the script where Robot Max is spraying maple syrup over a crowd of people. The hilarious maniacal laughter Matthew gave Robot Max is not to be missed!

Matthew’s decision to take the role was motivated by someone who is perhaps both his biggest and smallest fan: his 5-year-old son, who watches CYBERCHASE all the time. (Matthew said he sometimes watches the show in the morning with his son.)
We had already decided to approach Matthew for the role of Max when we discovered this, but it was great to hear his wife Sarah Jessica Parker mention that their son was a CYBERCHASE fan during a TODAY show appearance in April.

Tune in a year from now to see Matthew’s performance as Max and Robot Max. It’s a long way off but don’t worry…we’ll remind you all about it!

  • Donald Jones

    Dear Thirteen/Wnet,
    I hope you will talk to Mattel about Licensing Deals for Cyberchase toys,I would like you to talk to Mattel about it:
    Mattel, Inc.
    333 Continental Boulevard
    El Segundo, CA 90245-5012
    310-252-2000 tel

    I hope you will speak to Mattel about them producting toys products for Cyberchase:
    Cyberchase Character Action Figures
    Cyberchase Figures Set
    Cybersites Playsets
    Cyberchase Cyber Vehicles
    Cyberchase Character Plushes
    Squak Pad Toys

    I bet you are dying to get Cyberchase name in the Licensing Brands.
    Good Lucks with Contacting Mattel,
    Donald Jones

  • Jason Gore

    “Someone” should talk to “someone” about licensing some toy merchandise. I have a five year old who takes her Matt figure she aquired from Carl jrs (fast food) everwhere she goes. It is absolutely her favorite toy . Who would have thought a kids meal toy valued @ 1.99 would surpass her extensive collection of toys, gizmos and gadgets. I mean she has a walk in closet full of stuff, and Matt, out of all she has , is her favorite. I just wish I could have got the rest of the characters from Carl jrs before the promotion was over but she was an infant at the time and who knew. Oh, and forget Mattel, they like to use lead paint and poision our kids. Try Jakks pacific / Play along, I havent heard of any problems with them.

  • Donald Jones

    I hope you will talk to an Licensing Company like Mattel Inc to do Cyberchase Toys.