An original sketch of Nature Cat, drawn by David Rudman, at Spiffy Pictures in Highland Park, Illinois. When “Nature Cat,” voiced by former SNL star Taran Killam, premiered last fall, the PBS Kids cartoon became a breakthrough hit for Spiffy Pictures, an aspiring television production studio with an unlikely address – the second floor of a Highland Park strip mall.
Tucked away above a yogurt shop and a fitness studio, brothers David and Adam Rudman are making animation magic, creating, writing and producing their way onto the children’s television map after decades on the fringes of the industry.
With millions of viewers and several major deals in the works, the Highland Park natives may even find their way onto the mall directory. Michael Tercha photo. #PBSKids #NatureCat