In the early 1980s, Joe Oriolo, creator of Casper the Friendly Ghost and producer of over 260 Felix the Cat episodes, originated a cartoon character named Professor Beetoven. He devised Professor Beetoven along with 25 other cartoon characters. Hundreds of scripts were created around these characters. There is a script for any subject or situation imaginable. In 1985, Joe Oriolo and my Father James Rumpf created a 23-minute cartoon pilot titled “Friends Make the World Go Round: The Adventures of Professor Beetoven.” This pilot aired on HBO and was rated #1 for its category, beating out “The Smurfs”! Unfortunately, Joe Oriolo passed away from cancer during this same year. My father, who was partners with Joe Oriolo, never continued this great project. In 2008, I started branstorming on the best thing to do with these great characters, I decided to create a line of children’s storybooks.
Thus the series, The Adventures of Professor Beethoven, is reborn. The Pacific Ocean is the first in what I see as a series of Kids Story Books. Future titles include Mr. Hoot changes Wall Street, Dubios’s Chocolate Factory and Professor Beetoven Friends are forever, all with great characters created by Joe Oriolo creator of Casper and producer of Felix the Cat. Think of stuttering Elmer Fudd updated to Barnacle Bill. He’s the old guy who can’t quite get it right and makes children laugh. They are all so colorful and memorable they offer hundreds of licensing possibilities for educational toys, books and clothing, not to mention TV and online animation.
Experts in education agree that capturing a child’s attention is paramount to successful teaching. The Pacific Ocean and its successors fill that criterion.
I have assembled a group of experts to help me with this project: Writers, marketers, coaches. I see my knack for team building and a sense of humor that makes me interviewable as strengths I can contribute to the long-term success of this series. I see the quality of my book’s e-book version together with the current interest of the press in technology as it relates to education as positive aspects for its publicity campaign. Teachers will appreciate its education value, including its content, its immediacy, and its computer screen compatibility.
Won’t you tell me that you will help bring my dream for The Adventures of Professor Beetoven to children who might otherwise be left behind in school systems that make them yawn?
James Rumpf II