<bgsound src="sample.wav" loop="1"> Under the Smogberry Trees: The True Story of Dr. Demento and Mr. Hansen


Meep Morp is providing a link to the Cease and Desist notice offered to Meep Morp Studio by Barry Hansen, Sue Hansen & Arthyr Chadbourne, August 2014, for the benefit of our Kickstarter investors, along with our attorney's response. This is the ENTIRETY of the case made against MMS.



Dear Kickstarter donors and fans:

We at MEEP MORP STUDIO, as the creators of the Under the Smogberry Trees campaign, are obliged and deeply regret to inform you that as of August 2014, after a Kickstarter campaign that raised $117,000, some great original Kickstarter rewards, months of successful production, and interviews with top celebrities and luminaries in the comedy music world, MMS has parted ways with Barry Hansen, a.k.a. "Dr. Demento". This was not Meep Morp's decision (we have always been committed to making a great movie), and we were given no choice in the matter. Henceforth, ALL responsibility for the balance of your Kickstarter rewards has been taken by Barry Hansen & company.

When time finally came for Barry's feature interview this past July, he and his manager slapped MMS with an unexpected and non-legal "Cease and Desist" demand. Our attorney can easily refute every allegation made against us in this document, and we have received no better explanation for this abrupt change of course.

IT IS OUR OPINION that Barry Hansen's manager, Arthyr Chadbourne, defamed Meep Morp Studio towards Mr. Hansen; successfully encouraged crew members to quit the production, adding to unnecessary delays; interfered repeatedly in MMS' contract with Mr. Hansen with the goal of disenfranchising the Producers of their contractual entitlements and positioning himself as "Executive Producer" despite having made no prior contribution to the film. We also allege that he issued threats against the Producers for failing to comply with non-contractual demands, tried to prevent MMS from having access to their own footage, and ultimately put the entire project in jeopardy to suit his own needs. As Mr. Chadbourne is NOT any part of MMS' contract with Mr. Hansen, it is hard to see how such behaviour could be either legal or acceptable.

We don't believe that it was in the best interests of the movie or the Kickstarter donors to eliminate the Producers, Creators, Art Directors and Studio from a very public and pre-sold project of their own development, more than a year into production. Any forthcoming Kickstarter Version of the UTST movie neither has our endorsement, nor qualifies as the "studio version", as we have no way to ensure that it maintains our high design and content standards. Our opening animated Dr. Demento L.A. credit sequence, as well as planned comical recreations from Barry Hansen's record-obsessed childhood and other fun bits are already among the casualties of this new arrangement.

MMS still maintains all legal rights to produce this film, per our contract. MMS are co-owners, not employees, and can only be bought out, not "dismissed", from their property. As we have had to endure months of delays and interference, and find ourselves without Star or crew, we have chosen not to take action at this time that woud indefinitely delay the delivery of your Kickstarter rewards.

Thank you all again for your immense support throughout this project.
Happy holidays and all our best wishes,
Scott & Christy McKenzie
Meep Morp Studio

Contact us anytime at info@smogberrytrees.com or meepmorpstudio2@gmail.com.


Some of our successes: interviews with "Weird Al" Yankovic, Jimmy Fallon, Stan Freberg, Barnes & Barnes, Jerry Samuels, Tom "T-Bone" Stankus, Kip Addotta, Jessica Delfino, Mojo Nixon, Chris Hardwick, Henry Phillips, the FuMP and more. Location shoots in Portland, Chicago, Minnesota, Philadelphia, New York.

A look back at some of our Kickstarter prizes:

Original Sticker Pack and Kickstarter Movie Promo Poster

Samplings from our Postcard Pack

Dr. D Basement Tapes 17-CD Box Set

Front and back cover of The Dr. Demento Interviews CD


A few designs that never made it...

A couple of original cartoon bits for the KS campaign.