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    Why Animation Needs a Warren Buffet

    Monday, March 3, 2014

    If you’re not familiar with Warren Buffet, pretty much all you need to know is that he’s one of the richest men in the world. That doesn’t have a lot to do with animation, at least on the surface, but what Buffet is good at doing (investing) certainly is and his advice is well worth heeding too. Let’s take a look at why that is.

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    Does More = Good When It Comes To Animated Featu...

    Monday, February 24, 2014

    Over at Pando Daily, David Larkin has a really interesting piece about the intersection of art and business that is films and takes a look at how the increasing supply of films does not necessarily mean better films, or indeed, better returns. Animated films have always been few in number but recent years has seen an explosion in features with lots of success. With even more being announced, is it all for the best?

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  • Disney went all-out for thie commercial version of the Little Mermain. Miyazaki went in an alternative direction.
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    Genuine Storytelling Versus Naked Commercialism

    Monday, February 3, 2014

    Almost all films are a commercial venture to some extent but not all are created equal, as the films of Hayao Miyazaki and Disney demonstrate. Both make successful films, but only one does it to genuinely tell stories.

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    Let’s Talk About Oishi High School Battle

    Monday, January 6, 2014

    Oishi High School Battle exemplifies much that is wrong with web-native animated shows. Here’s why that should be a real concern.

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  • The Key Difference Between Disney and Studio Ghi...

    Wednesday, December 11, 2013

    Disney and Studio Ghibli differ on how they approach the progress of animation as a technique. Here’s why that is.

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    Animation Finance: A few Thoughts on The Inevita...

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

    A few thoughts on animation finance and the changes that are afoot.

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    Finding the Animation Diamond in the Rough

    Monday, November 4, 2013

    Why are there so many mediocre animated shows being produced and why can’t we just have lots of good animation instead?

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    Batman & Branding

    Monday, October 28, 2013

    The 1989 Batman film was one of the most successful at the time but besides the star names on the billing, was the very brand of the film itself. The Dissolve has a thorough post about how the studio, knowing they had a troublesome film on their hands, took an unusual route to getting the news that a Batman film was forthcoming out there.

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    Three Simple Rules For Creating A Popular Animat...

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013

    Three simple, universal rules for creating an animated show that are so often ignored by creators and networks alike.

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    Do Animated Films Really Impart Narcissism In Ki...

    Thursday, August 15, 2013

    Luke Epplin at The Atlantic thinks that animated feature films are brainwashing kids into being narcissistic and overly confident. Is he right?

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Independent Animated Features: 10 Questions That Need Answering

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Yesterday, I was treated to a screening of an independent animated feature film called The Stressful Adventures of Boxhead and Roundhead. Written, directed and animated almost single-handedly by Australian Elliot Cowan, it’s a film that I’m still mulling over in my head the next day; a good sign if ever there was one. I’m not going to comment on the film itself just jet, however, the entire project has prompted some questions of my own on independent animated films in general and especially those done by one man bands or very small studios.

  1. If Elliot can make a feature, why do so many others either fail or never try?
  2. Is perseverance the key to finishing an animated feature?
  3. What’s the general gameplan for what happens after the film is made if there even is one?
  4. What’s the ‘secret sauce’ to making related merchandise that sells?
  5. Why is financing so ridiculously complicated, and costly for even small budget films?
  6. Have characters in general become too complex in animated features?
  7. Should independent films even worry about targeting an audience?
  8. Are traditional promotional/marketing channels already dead or merely dying?
  9. Why are international sales such a formidable barrier in the age of the internet?
  10. Are 35mm prints dead for technological or cost reasons?
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The One Surprise From the Cartoon Network Upfront

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Although the recent Cartoon Network upfront presentation (they still have those?) didn’t reveal any major surprises as far as programming goes. Two new concepts and surfaced. The first is that the network is now ‘Always On’ but given the previous iteration of the idea, my money is that you have to be a cable or satellite subscriber to access. Boo. The second is a bit more interesting and is another attempt by an established network to figure out the teen mindset.

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Chelsea Football Club & The Simpsons: Cross-Marketing Gone Mad

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The Simpsons continues to have a massive presence in almost all areas of pop culture despite being 25 years old and having to work a little harder than in the past. One of the latest efforts involves London soccer club Chelsea and is a real head-scratcher.

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Repost: Bitcoin and Animation

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Around this time last year, I wrote a post about the possibilities that Bitcoin offered as far as animation goes. It’s an introductory post more than anything else, but now that it’s a year later and Bitcoin is very much in the news, it’s a good opportunity to bring it up again.

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Make Up Your Own Mind: 10 Articles About Frozen & Feminism

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Disney’s Frozen has generated a lot of debate but specifically on the topic of whether it is a feminist film or not, the answer is a bit more elusive. On the one side, are people who claim that it is thanks to dual female protagonists, a positive message, and a muted romantic theme compared to other Disney films. On the other side, there are claims that the film is merely masquerading as a feminist film and in reality continues to undermine the feminist ideal through subtle and not-so-subtle marketing. Which side is correct? You can make up your own mind with these sixteen articles published in recent months that discuss the film.

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Independent Animated Features: 10 Questions That Need Answering

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Yesterday, I was treated to a screening of an independent animated feature film called The Stressful Adventures of Boxhead and Roundhead. Written, directed and animated almost single-handedly by Australian Elliot Cowan, it’s a film that I’m still mulling over in my head the next day; a good sign if ever there was one. I’m not going to comment on the film itself just jet, however, the entire project has prompted some questions of my own on independent animated films in general and especially those done by one man bands or very small studios.

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Is There an Impending Apocalypse in Animation Studies?

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Over on the Society for Animation Studies blog, Lauren Carr writes about what she perceives as a crisis in animation studies stemming mainly from a desire by students to simply learn the software tools rather than the technique and theory behind animation. If that’s true, then we are heading for an impending apocalypse in the field from which it will be very difficult to recover.

Why do you Animate?

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

In a brief, but all too painful and to-the-point post over on Tumblr, Keith Lango lays out what it means to create animation for mass consumption. It’s an…

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Why Do Female Characters ‘Have’ To Look Feminine?

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Female characters often have a tough time with variety. While there is plenty of debate and discussion surrounding the prevalence of stereotypes that send poor messages to viewers, there is something else that is completely overlooked. Dave Pressler ponders the interesting question of why female characters are often forced too look feminine by executives.

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