Buzzco's Jake the Snake short

Buzzco Associates, Inc. is a New York-based animation studio which supplied several inserts for Sesame Street from 1988 to 1992.

Named "Buzzco" after animation producer Buzz Potamkin, who founded the concern in 1982, the company was turned over to lead directors/designers Candy Kugel and Vincent Cafarelli and renamed Buzzco Associates in 1985. The studio, most of whose shorts are a collaboration between Kugel and Cafarelli, focuses on independent films and educational/industrial work, and also produced segments for CTW's Square One TV.

The studio renewed its Sesame Street association in 2005, with the short "I Eat the Colors of the Rainbow."

Buzzco's credits have also included countless commercials (some with famous characters like Betty Boop, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Underdog), TV station IDs, and inserts, as well as traditional 2D animated effects for some live-action ads. The latter included a 1999 spot for the Magic Talking Kermit the Frog toy from Tyco, animating a fly for the Kermit toy to catch.[1]


The following shorts are all co-directed by Kugel and Cafarelli, generally with designs by Kugel.

Picture Title / Year Description
Jake the Snake
Jake the Snake, a John Wayne sound-alike (voiced by Jim Thurman) demonstrates the parts of the body.
The segment was a finalist for Best Animated Short at the Ottawa International, and won an ASIFA-East award for Best Design.
Calcutta Joe
Calcutta Joe (Thurman again) teaches the "oh" sound, joined by Flo and two crows.
Redwood Tree
A banjo playing turtle folksinger (Edgar Turtle) learns the concept of a round from his three nephews.
Hey Diddle Diddle
A banjo playing turtle folksinger (Edgar Turtle) and his nephews sings a lovely nursery rhyme song about a cat in the fiddle, a cow and the moon, a silly laughing dog, and a dish with a spoon.
The Bird Song
A banjo playing turtle folksinger (Edgar Turtle) sings a song about pairs of little birds.
It's Hip to Be a Square
In a spoof of the Huey Lewis song "Hip to Be Square", a band of cut-out style squares sing about their uniqueness, but stress the fact that they still get along with the other shapes.
Little Red Riding Hood
Little Red Riding Hood (voiced by Fran Brill) can't find Grandma's house without a map. With Jim Martin as the Big Bad Wolf. Script by Anna Dibble, music by Dave Conner.
Animal Elevator
A mob of animals crowd in and out of an elevator. Only two segments were made: One was addition and the other one was subtraction.
Sing a Song of Fourteen
A song that teaches kids about the number 14, performed by Jerry Nelson.
Mother Brown's Farm
A song that teaches kids the number 15.
Sixteen Blues
A song that teaches kids about the number 16.
Colonel Travel
A traveling man named Colonel Travel (Thurman again) travels all over the countries of the world. Only three episodes were made: England, New Zealand, and Canada.
I Eat the Colors of the Rainbow
In a new short produced as part of Season 36's "Healthy Habits for Life" mandate, a boy (voiced by Nolan Marsh, grandson of Danny Epstein[2]) sings about the different colors of fruit. Lyrics by Candy Kugel, music by Lanny Meyers.


  1. Buzzco Animation official site- Tyco Kermit
  2. NY Times- Paid obituary for Danny Epstein, 2010

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