The Most Popular Girls in School is a stop-motion animated series created by Mark Cope and Carlo Moss and produced by Lily Vonnegut that centers around the highly aggressive and vulgar misadventures of the most popular girls at a fictional high school in Overland Park, Kansas. The easiest way to conceptualize the show is “South Park meets Mean Girls.” The Overland Park High Cheer Squad, led by head cheerleader Mackenzie Zales and co-head vice captain Brittnay Matthews, is constantly at war with any number of rival factions trying to usurp their popularity. These groups include a family of Overland Park socialites known as the Van Burens, a rival cheer squad from the neighboring town of Atchison, and a group of former cheerleaders who have become hipsters bent on overthrowing popularity as we know it. Besides a never-ending struggle for power, the girls also go through all the trials and tribulations anyone in high school goes through: relationships, sex, prom, parties, etc.
Since first launching as its own channel in May of 2012, The Most Popular Girls in School has garnered more than 100 million views and more than 850,000 subscribers. The show has been featured on Good Morning America, Variety, Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, New York Magazine, The Atlantic, College Humor, Know Your Meme, Logo’s NewNowNext, Oh No They Didn’t, as well as thousands of blogs and Tumblr sites. The creators have launched successful Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaigns to fund the past three seasons, and all campaigns have not only met their goals, but exceeded them with time to spare. When in season, new episodes are released weekly and range from eight to fifteen minutes in length. The channel also releases a weekly bonus video which, in the past, has included Behind the Scenes Featurettes, Cast Trivia Contests, Blooper Reels, Viewer Mail Episodes, and Top 10 Countdowns among other content. Due to the overwhelming of support from the show’s fanbase, in late 2013, the channel launced a third weekly video: Fan Friday Videos. In these videos, the cast and creators answer questions from the fans on social media and highlight the various creative ways that fans around the world are supporting the show including fan art, tribute videos, cosplaying, takeovers of popular websites, and even the occasional decorative cake.
Check out the first episode of MPGiS below, as well as a look behind the scenes of our fourth season, shot entirely at the Youtube Space in Los Angeles.
Dr. Havoc's Diary is a new stop-motion series from Mark Cope and Carlo Moss currently in production and slated for release in late 2016. The series will take typical superhero-supervillain situations and place them in a real-world context, as it seeks to answer the question, "What happens when an international supervillain goes through a mid-life crisis?"
Developed in conjunction with Ron Howard and Brian Grazer's New Form Digital, the series will tell the story of Dr. Havoc over the course of 30 short-form episodes, in the same vulgar and outrageous tone as The Most Popular Girls in School. Puppets, sets and props will be fabricated through the use of 3D-printing technology, and the project will be the first shot entirely at our new Culver City studios! Mark Cope stars as Dr. Havoc, alongside Lee Newton as his wife Kim, Grace Helbig as his daughter Ally, and Dave Hill as his arch-nemesis Secret Agent Brock Mason. They will be joined by a repertory cast made up of MPGiS regulars and a slew of guest stars including Flula Borg, Chester See, Jim O'Heir, Allie Marie Evans, and Open Mike Eagle.
The series doesn't launch until later this year, but until then, check out this sneak peek featuring Erik Griffin as SuperJamaal, as well as a look behind the scenes:
After the initial success of MPGiS, Mark & Carlo turned their attention to the one thing they have in common: a love of 90's pop culture with their hit podcast F Your Show. Every week, the two of them welcome a guest and conduct a fantasy draft based on some piece of pop culture nostalgia. One episode might a draft of your dream TGIF lineup, while another draft might consist of everyone building their fantasy 90's prom playlist. Past guests have included Lee Newton, Gaby Dunn, Marissa A. Ross, and a host of familiar faces from the MPGiS universe.
In the coming months, look forward to the launch of a full Extra Credit podcast network.
The final component to our work here at Extra Credit Studios is our work in branded content. In fact, Mark and Carlo's first project together, long before Most Popular Girls, was a branded webseries for Target featuring the popular childrens' toys, Paper Jamz. Since then, our team has worked on a wide variety of branded material for a number of different companies. These have included a month-long exclusive promotion with Dannon, a branded spot with Purina & Jash, and a video with Verizon promoting their STEM education program for young women. The Verizon video can be seen to the right and stars Haley Mancini from MPGiS, Dr. Havoc's Diary, and The Powerpuff Girls.
For more information about other branded projects we've worked on, or to inquire about future projects, please connect with us via our Contact page.