Fox Kids ‘Psycho’ for toon

Comic-turned-ani pacts with Straytjakit

NEW YORK — Fox Kids has gone psycho for “Joe Psycho & MooFrog Cartoonshow,” an animated project the network is developing as a series.

Fox recently signed a development deal with Straytjakit Prods., which produces “Joe Psycho” on the Internet (www.joepsycho.com). The project began as a comic book and then migrated to the Internet, where it developed a cult following.

In an attempt to compete with WB’s runaway hit “Pokemon” and Nickelodeon’s hot “Sponge Bob Square Pants,” Fox Kids — which regularly comes in third in Saturday morning ratings — is looking to develop more off-the-wall comic cartoons, said a source.

“Joe Psycho,” set in the fictional town of Spleen, Ore., revolves around the antics of the title character, a round-headed freak who works with his level-headed best friend MooFrog at a local TV station. A source close to the deal describes the show as “something that Bart Simpson would like to watch.”

Straytjakit Prods., which is developing creative properties for television, film, Internet and videogame applications, was formed in 1998 by Troy Couch, Jason Raines and Michael Montaine. Straytjakit is repped by Russell Binder at AniManagement.

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