Some Thoughts on RWBY

Friday, September 11, 2015

Much like Avatar: The Last Airbender, RWBY is an animated series that was staring me in the face for so very long before I actually sat down and…

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Why Producing Content is Like Opening a Restaurant

Thursday, August 20, 2015

How can animation be even remotely similar to opening a restaurant? One is extremely risky, is enormously susceptible to changing tastes, is faced with intense competition and….well, I…

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Great TV is Like Punk Rock, But Our Screens Are Filled With Adult Contemporary

Monday, May 18, 2015

Great TV is everywhere nowadays, at least that what everyone is telling me. Creators are pushing boundaries, genres are being stretched, and cultural barriers are falling. If only…

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Why Any Great Film Will Imitate This Song

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

One of the perennial struggles that I seem to have when it comes to feature films is that they often lose my interest well before the climax, or…

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The 2014 Animation Year in Review

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The year that was 2014 was a great one in many ways for animation in all forms, and yet for all the successes, there were still a few…

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Here’s Proof That Dramatic Animation Is Viable on TV

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Live-action has a virtual monopoly on lots of the entertainment industry. Animation is slowly making inroads, but one area that has been staunchly resistant to change has been…

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How Animated Films and Cinemas Can Avoid Sliding Into Oblivion

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The theatrical market for animated features has remained much the same for many decades. A few things have changed of course, but on the whole, things operate in much the same way that they always have. That is to say, films are released to cinemas first, then home media, then PPV cable, then regular cable, before finally spluttering onto regular TV many years after the initial release. Such a model has served the industry well for decades, but for cinemas, the jig may finally be up, and animated features are going to have to change if they are going to survive and thrive.

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

Thursday, July 10, 2014

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

Monday, March 10, 2014

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

Friday, March 7, 2014

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 (for all the wrong reasons), it’s a good opportunity to bring it up again.

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

Thursday, March 6, 2014

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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