Arlene Klasky and Gabor Csupo

Arlene Klasky and Gabor Csupo

If the name Klasky Csupo doesn’t sound familiar to you, it should. If you had a child or were a child who lived in North America during the 1990’s, then you undoubtedly watched at least a few episodes of Nickelodeon’s RugratsThe Wild Thornberrys, or Aaahh!!! Real Monsters. Even if not, it’s hard to believe you haven’t seen an episode of The Simpsons, which was produced by the Klasky Csupo company for its first three seasons.

We also appreciate this duo for the hard work they have done in advancing the cause of funny nameology, to which they’ve made some fantastic contributions.

Hungarian-Americans Arlene Klasky and Gabor Csupo married in 1979, and formed Klasky Csupo in the spare bedroom of an apartment where they were living in 1982. Early on, they distinguished themselves by doing inventive work on logo designs, movie trailers, TV title sequences, and promotional videos, and in 1988, their studio opened its first facility in downtown Hollywood. The studio facility’s walls would later be famously covered with murals of their characters.

That same year, they got their big break when they were given a contract to design the title sequence for The Tracey Ullman Show and, in what would prove to be more important, a series of one minute “teaser” cartoons for a proposed show called The Simpsons. As proof of the role that funny-named people have in shaping history, Klasky Csupo animator Gyorgyi Peluce came up with the idea of givingThe Simpsons a never-before seen look – with the characters having yellow skin and several having blue hair.

The firm’s logo, consisting of squares containing what appear to be randomly-arranged letters. Looks like something Jasper Jasperse might encounter.

Though their role in producing The Simpsons would end after three seasons, during that time, Klasky Csupo began production on Rugrats, the firm’s biggest hit to date. The show struggled initially, and in 1993, production was put on hiatus. However, when the last few episodes aired in 1994, and other episodes were seen on reruns, Rugrats started to get a lot of attention, and the firm started producing the show again. From 1995-2000, it was the highest rated show on Nickelodeon and the highest rated kids show. We can see why they liked it – because every main character had a funny name!

  • Tommy Pickles and his brother Dylan “Dil” Pickles. Their parents are Stu Pickles and Diane “Didi” Kropotkin Kerpackter-Pickles
  • Angelica Pickles, Tommy’s cousin. She is daughter of Charlotte and Drew Pickles
  • Chucky Finster, Tommy’s scaredy-cat friend. Chucky’s dad is widower Charles Norbert “Chaz” Finster II, who later marries Kira Watanabe-Finster.
  • Phil and Lil DeVille, Tommy and Chucky’s friends. They are the twin children of Howie and Betty DeVille.

The show aired until 2004, and its 13 seasons is still a record for the longest-running NickToon.  Klasky and Csupo divorced in 1995, but remained business partners, and went on to release several other popular cartoons, including Duckman, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, The Wild Thornberrys, As Told by Ginger, All Grown Up, Spy vs. Spy, and Rocket Power.

P.S. If you want to get in touch with your creative side and have a little fun, our Nipsey Russell poetry contest is still open. We’ll be posting the winning entries (with a link to your blog) in an upcoming post. We’ve been bringing in between 200-500 hits per day lately, so it’s a great chance to get some exposure to a new audience who appreciates good writing and wordplay.

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10 Responses to Arlene Klasky and Gabor Csupo

  1. Dave says:

    I can’t understand why we had 17 comments by 5pm on yesterday’s post, and none on this one. What a difference a day makes 🙂 Perhaps everyone is so Nipseyed out that they decided to sit on the sidelines today. Still, these are influential, funny named people! I’m sure someone has something to say!

    (I’m also open to the possibility that “someone” may be just me 🙂 )

  2. Thanks for the background on the Pickles family. My daughter used to watch that show all the time! I would even chuckle once in a while. This is a holiday weekend Dave – many people are just doing Holiday stuff this weekend. I’m sure the comments will pick up come Tuesday! You do a great job and people, including me, love your stuff!

    • Dave says:

      Thanks for the comment! 🙂 Arto is doing holiday stuff this weekend too, so I definitely see what you’re saying.

      I, unfortunately, won’t be doing much celebrating because I have the MCAT next Thursday. I think that, plus the fact that I went out of my way at 12:30 last night to bump my Monday post up to today, because Arto was having internet problems, explains why I made that comment. I’m in a funny mood today – not my usual funny mood, but a funny-feeling funny mood. Judging by that sentence, I also seem to have lost my linguistic clarity 🙂

      • You need to rest up for the MCAT. It will make all the difference in where you get to go – especially if you have a specific University in mind. When my son took the LSAT he studied, but also turned off the phones and computers and slept very good the night before and was ready – you will be too. good luck and let me know how you do and where you are going

  3. Blink says:

    good reminder! 🙂

    • Dave says:

      They were definitely cool folks! Fun fact: Did you know that Mark Mothersbaugh from Devo was the guy who made all the music for Rugrats?

  4. I have nominated you for the Sunshine Award because you have a beautiful blog and you inspire me!! If you wish to take part please see the link below, if not – I would just like to say a big thank you for the joy you bring 🙂


    • Dave says:

      Thank you! We’ve gotten a few awards so far and I really need to get around to re-awarding them. I’ve been trying to find ways to incorporate funny names into the award acceptances, but it can be so hard.

      I’m glad our blog brings joy to your life. It brings joy to ours as well! We’re certainly not doing this for the money 🙂 (Haha, I can imagine Arto and Rob reading this and saying “What money?”… which is kind of my point 🙂 )

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