*FunHouse* was my production group
at Philips and is best remembered by Brian
Allgeier’s outrageous Christmas
Cards. (Click the image for a larger image.) Our specialty was puzzle
games with sumptuous hand-drawn animation
and rousing musical accompaniment. We
were the first stop when international
visitors toured the Philips facility (which
seemed almost daily).
My CD-I career as Director/Producer began
when Sarina Simon approached me to do
Hanna Barbera’s Cartoon Carnival,
ostensibly the same concept as another
product I had designed — Disney’s
Cartoon Arcade. See
I set to work on Cartoon Carnival as
a team of one, programming the concept
in Hypercard in a tiny office on the second
floor near the men’s room. I soon
created Hypercards for Merlin’s
Apprentice and Labyrinth of Crete as well
and they, too, were green-lighted. Yet
I’d garnered a $4,000,000 budget
and had no staff whatsoever to create
That’s how *FunHouse* came to be.
It began as 8 determined FunHeads —
Gordon Brooks, Paul Mithra, Brian Allgeier,
Doran Fish, Brad Parker, Kelly Holthaus,
Clayton Wishoff, and myself — and
at its peak, swelled to over 30 artists,
animators, and programmers.
Jim Andron, the one-man symphony orchestra,
composed, arranged, and performed the
splendid musical scores.
The once and forever.