Disney Isn’t Running Out of New Ideas, but it is Allergic To Them

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Rather amusingly, the question of whether Disney is running out of new ideas pops up more regularly than you might think. In the latest version, Maya Phillips points…

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What’s Really Interesting About the New Avatar: The Last Airbender Series

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Were you surprised about the announcement earlier this week about a brand-new series of Avatar: The Last Airbender? I sure was, but outside what was discussed around the…

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The Simpsons Rise Again Through the Magic of Memes

Monday, January 29, 2018

Everlasting cultural ubiquity stands as the holy grail of any creative endeavour. This tantalising achievement so often seemingly within reach is more often than not beaten down by…

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Six Trends in Animation to Expect in 2018

Monday, January 15, 2018

It’s a new year and as always, a good time to speculate on the trends for the forthcoming twelve months. Animation in general had a fantastic 2017 (dare…

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A Few Thoughts on the New Powerpuff Girl, Bliss

Friday, September 22, 2017
Powerpuff Girls and Bliss

The revelation that the Powerpuff Girls have a sister is certainly surprising. Bliss adds a new dimension to the long-established franchise that arguably is nonetheless long in the…

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Making an Animated Short: The Space Base 8 Story

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

I’m proud to present my animated short, Space Base 8. This post gives a bit of background on it and how it came to be. Share this… email…

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It’s Finally Time to Ignore the Hype

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Hype and excessive hype surrounds animated films these days. It’s an endless parade of marketing strategy and clever psychological tricks that leaves audiences constantly in a state of…

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How YouTube’s Algorithm Stifles Animated Content

Friday, September 9, 2016

YouTube’s algorithm isn’t a friend of animation as of late. Changes announced a few years ago created a storm of protest from creators as they realised their revenues…

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Petulant Fans As Investors: The Ugly Side of Crowdfunded Content

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Is the relationship between creators and fans today a healthy one? Has the new closeness made things ever more personal? Kickstarter and other crowdfunded content are coming under…

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What’s With Disney’s Push Into Luxury Fashion?

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Traditionally, the twin concepts of Disney and high-fashion being mentioned in the same sentence would have been laughed at. Low-grade, mass-produced, and with mass-appeal are what defined Disney…

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It’s Time to Kill Off the Strong Female Character

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

We’ve been clamouring for them for years, but now that we’ve finally got we wanted, it may actually be necessary to kill the strong female character off. Share…

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