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Bullseye Art was a New York City based art collective that pioneered art and animation on the web, (see also Antirom, adaweb, Founded in 1995 by Josh Kimberg, Nick Cogan and Ryan Edwards, the company gained fame for its creation of unique and offbeat interactive cartoons made using Macromedia Flash.

Bullseye Art became well known for its humour with such cartoons as Porkchops, which consisted of a donkey in surrealistic situations, and Miss Muffy and the Muff Mob, about a band of rapping muffin-headed girls. The small Asian dragon known as Hooptie-Goo was the generally used mascot for Bullseye Art, often appearing in the opening or closing credits fighting over the last slice of watermelon with a crow. Other multi-episode cartoons included Internet – The Animated Series, Rat Chicken, Space Dog, Makin' Moves and The Rhino and Nutmeg Show.

The company was commissioned to do several high profile cartoon segments, the most notable of which was the opening theme to the Rosie O'Donnell show, for which they were nominated for two Emmy Awards. Notably the Rosie open animated by Bullseye Art was the first work of Flash Animation to appear on television. They also created the music videos First Tube and You enjoy myself for the rock band Phish.

Bullseye Art maintained a free entertainment portal featuring many of the first community features that are now standard on the internet. Revenue was driven by licensing their cartoons to third party sites (Atomfilms, shockwave, HBO's, Razorfish Inc-RSUB) and from commercial animation (icebox, Kenny the Shark). Bullseye Art shut its doors in 2003 and the founders started a production company named Raw Power. During this period (2003-2004), the majority of the cartoons were unavailable.

In 2005, Josh Kimberg launched the cartoons under the new moniker Magic Butter. While initially a pay site for a short while, the Magic Butter website now freely displays all of the old content along with new cartoons, T-shirts for sale, and free downloads such as MP3s, desktop wallpapers, and icons.

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