IF: It's like a scene, too, if you want to go back to the punk rock thing again, in a way.
CJ: It's like how you'd go to the same shows and you'd see the same people all the time. Or the art scene -- you'd go to each other's art shows, it's all the same artists, they always hang together and work together. It feels very much like that, rather than the traditional Hollywood way of making kids shows, for sure.
IF: Like in a normal Hollywood show I probably wouldn't be able to tell the director, "Hey, I think we should add this shot or we should go from this angle."
CJ: Well, you are an actor, so it depends. It depends on how much you're getting paid to act.
IF: I'm just saying, on the average show.
CJ: If you were just writing songs you would have got fired. But you're an actor. Directors have to put up with that sometimes.
Who makes your monsters?
CL: Scott Johnson, who did "Where the Wild Things Are" and "Tron" and stuff for the Muppets and "Yo Gabba Gabba!"
JF: Almost every time he surprises you, like, oh my gosh, we had this idea, and he makes it, it's way better.
JB: It shows up on set and you pull the tarp off and you're like, "What? This is incredible."
CJ: We'd made a Cobra Man costume before, back in the day, because a lot of these characters we brought over from the live show; we had monsters that we'd fight onstage. And sometimes we would make them up in the backstage, we'd grab some trash bags or a box and make Trash man, or whatever. Or we'd make up elaborate costumes beforehand. Some of the other characters that show up on "The Aquabats" show we've been fighting for years. But when we made the Cobra Man costume with Scott and those guys, they'd taken 4,000 plastic spoons and snapped off the heads and then done scales all over. They were, "This could have been better but we had to use plastic spoons."
JB: We were so looking at it like, "This is the greatest thing we've ever seen."
Do you have a sense of how the show is being received?JF: It seems like a lot of fans are making their own fan art from the show.
JB: There are pictures from Comic-Con in Phoenix last weekend, and there's the Jimmy the Robot person, the EagleBones person, there's the Commander person. And they all went together as a group -- as our characters and whatnot.
CB: Right -- where before it was just like you dressed in the Aquabats costume. In the early days of the Aquabats, people were their own thing, like "Kooky Bat" or "Chicken Bat." Exact Change Man, he was dressed as an Aquabat, with a little change dispenser. Like, "$2.37?" -- he could do it really fast. Something about the Aquabats encouraged their individuality; now, because of the show, it's "I identify with EagleBones because my hair is long" -- whatever it is.
CJ: That's a new phenomenon for us.
JB: It's pretty rad.
CJ: The energy is a little different now.