Adam Sandler is coming to a browser near you: His new six-minute animated short ”The Peeper” premieres online Friday on the Warner Bros. Records site. The cartoon, which features Sandler voicing a meek pervert crouching in a tree to observe his female neighbor, appears on his next album, ”Stan and Judy’s Kid” (in stores Sept. 21). Warner decided to turn that track into a Web cartoon to give the CD some advance buzz.
They found the perfect man to put Sandler’s sophomorism into picture form: Tom Winkler, the ex-”Simpsons” animator who puts up a new outrageous scatological cartoon every day on his own site, doodie.com and manages to get a whopping 8 million hits a month. ”They showed him like 30 of my cartoons, and he said, ‘Wow, let’s call this guy,”’ says Winkler. ”[Working together] felt like two guys in college in their short pants and sneakers just making something funny.”
Sandler isn’t the first comic to laugh his ass off at doodie.com’s toilet humor. Winkler was recruited to draw the opening credits for the Norm MacDonald sitcom ”Norm” when creator Bruce Helford was turned on to the site by the star of Helford’s other sitcom, Drew Carey. Winkler, 34, who supports his two-year-old site entirely with revenue from ad banners and by selling some 30 doodie.com T-shirts per week, feels indebted to the Web for his success, because where else could a man with a passion for bathroom humor go to showcase his work? ”You don’t have to ask permission to do anything on the Internet,” he says. ”It truly is a new frontier, the way America was 300 years ago. The only difference is there’s no Indians to give chicken pox to.”