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SLAY IT WITH CLAY

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Pokey in Eye

Eric Fogel had a moderately successful cel-animated series on MTV a few years ago called The Head, but now he finds himself having added the Butt -- he's the creator of MTV's clay-animated smash, Celebrity Deathmatch, a hilarious cross between Gumby and professional wrestling. "We can get away with a lot more, being that it's clay," chuckles Fogel, 29, a native Long Islander and an NYU film school grad. Since the violence is "out of the realm of reality," heads are ripped off, organs pulled out, even whole skeletons can be removed with a flick of the wrist. "We can't do nudity, though," Fogel notes sadly. And what about Beavis & Butt-head-style merchandising? Are we going to see Deathmatch action figures for Christmas? "I don't know about action figures," Fogel hedges. "We

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