It's time for another episode of Hello Kitty and Friends Supercute Adventures! And today's episode was written by our good friend, Charlotte Fullerton. Get to know Charlotte and who her favorite Sanrio character is and more! (HINT: It's the main character of the new episode that airs today!)
Hello Friend! Introduce yourself and tell us what you do for Hello Kitty and Friends Supercute Adventures animation series.
Hi, I’m Charlotte Fullerton, one of the writers on Hello Kitty and Friends Supercute Adventures!
When did you first hear about Sanrio?
I was aware of Hello Kitty and some of the other adorable individual characters long before I understood that they were all part of the same little world. My college roommate and I even had Hello Kitty and Tuxedo Sam toothbrushes!
What Hello Kitty and Friend is your favorite or do you related with the most from the series?
Keroppi! All day, every day! #KeroppiRulesAll Strangely enough, even though he’s been my favorite since the 80s (He’s so cute! Those bulgy eyes, those little feet. Come on!), I only found out when I started work on this series that I had been mispronouncing his name all this time! I thought, because he looks like a frog, that his name was pronounced “Ker-roppy” like “hop.” I still have to remind myself not to say it that way at meetings!
How did you get started in writing for animations?
I’d always wanted to work in children’s television: Sesame Street and The Muppets remain my favorites! I am very lucky to have gotten to know Jim Henson himself. When it came time for me to go to college, on his advice I moved across the country to attend the University of Southern California, at which I studied Cinema & Television Production and where my student job was at The Children’s Film & Television Center of America, based at USC. My first real job out of college was working at Fox KIds Network answering the phones. While there, some friends and I sold them our own animated show! And though not animation, my very first produced script was for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. My first for animation was a Digimon English translation. My first true animation script was for Angela Anaconda.
As writer of “Keroppi Faces The Music”, Keroppi learns how important practice really is - is there anything you’re learning or practicing at the moment?
My family is a very musical one—practically everybody plays an instrument of some kind or sings. Mine was piano when I was a child, but I didn’t keep it up. I'm trying to relearn. It takes practice even when you used to know how! The other thing I'm always practicing is the French language. I studied it back in school, but you know what they say: Use it or lose it!
When you have writers block, is there something you like to do to get your pen moving and ideas flowing again?
Well, we have these new fangled machines nowadays called “computers," so I don’t use a pen. ;P But often before fully delving into a new project, I like to take drives alone in no particular direction, to think about the show, the characters, their relationships with each other, what makes them tick, what stories have already been done, and what I’m going to do. I'm always on the lookout for inspiration, fresh ideas, new ways of thinking about problem-solving in stories. Traveling and meeting new people who have very different life experiences than I do is my number one way to get my creative juices flowing. Learning new things through travel is the best thing in the world! Pun intended.