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    How to Train Your Dragon 2: When Animated Films ...

    Monday, June 16, 2014

    How to Train Your Dragon 2 has been one of the most anticipated films of the year. The massive sleeper hit that was the original, made out quite well thanks to its brilliant blend of story, animation, and character; setting a new bar for a DreamWorks film and proving that they had the chops to match Pixar if given the chance. Fast forwarding a few years, and after viewing the sequel, I came away with the feeling that although inferior to the original, there was something else that bothered me about How to Train Your Dragon 2.

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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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No, Nickelodeon Were Right To Release The Legend of Korra So Soon After the Leaks

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Writing for Forbes.com at the end of June (and escaping my attention until know), Merrill Barr postulates that Nickelodeon were wrong to alter their marketing plan for Book 3 of Legend of Korra after the Mexican arm of the network inadvertently let a few episodes from the season get loose on the internet, and are beholden to internet ‘pirates’ as a result. I say that’s poppycock.

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The Unusual Release Schedule for Sailor Moon Crystal Will Set a Precedent

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This week sees the highly anticipated Sailor Moon Crystal series begin broadcast. Besides being an entirely new version of the original manga (and not a remake of the original anime), it’s also notable for eschewing traditional licensing-based release models, but interestingly, is not embracing the ‘all you can eat’ type that has defined web-based media. Why might that actually be a good thing, and could it be a model for others to follow?

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The Courtship of Animation And Comics is Getting Ever Closer to Marriage

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Animation and comics have always been somewhat related. The latter is, after all, a more polished version of the storyboard for the former. Using one as the inspiration for the other is a long-standing practise dating all the way back to the Fleischer Superman shorts of the 1940s. Tie-ins are nothing new either, being around at least as long as shorts but only really hitting their stride with the advent of television. So how do things stand today? Well, the relationship has become ever closer and could even be considered a full-on marriage.

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How to Train Your Dragon 2: When Animated Films No Longer Appear Animated

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How to Train Your Dragon 2 has been one of the most anticipated films of the year. The massive sleeper hit that was the original, made out quite well back in 2010 thanks to its brilliant blend of story, animation, and character; setting a new bar for a DreamWorks film and proving that they had the chops to match Pixar if given the chance. Fast forwarding a few years, and after viewing the sequel, I came away with the feeling that although inferior to the original, there was something else that bothered me about How to Train Your Dragon 2.

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Kickstarter Projects Will Result In LESS Animation Being Made

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No really, hear me out. I’ve waxed lyrical about Kickstarter projects before. I think it’s a great tool for the independent animator/producer who’s project is perhaps a bit too risky for a serious investor. Some great projects have found backing through it while others have stuttered to a halt despite 6-figures in backing; not naming any names. Yet Kickstarter could actually result in less animation being made. That sounds mad, right?

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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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