Erin Esurance: A Cautionary Tale of Appealing Characters

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Erin Esurance was a mascot created to sell that most exotic of products: car insurance. She was a radical step away from the more traditional mascots and was…

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Connect With Fans, but By All Means, Maintain A Distance

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Fans and fandoms are recurring themes here on the blog, and for good reason. They form an essential, and ever more critical part of a successful cartoon or…

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More Than A Few Reasons to Like Equestria Girls: Friendship Games

Monday, October 5, 2015

The third feature-length film centered on the Equestria Girls spin-off from My Little Pony is about to be released on home video and, well, I have conflicted feelings…

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Three Comics from SPX 2015 That Deserve the Animated Treatment

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Time for my favourite post of the year: the one where I decipher which comics I discovered at the Small Press Expo (SPX) that are worthy of getting…

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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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