Does More = Good When It Comes To Animated Features?

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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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 Ghibli

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 Inevitable Changes

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 Animated Show

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 Kids?

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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Bee & Puppycat & Character Development

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Bee & Puppycat is the latest Cartoon Hangover hit. But why, after 11 minutes of animation do we know relatively little about the two main characters?

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Why the Boom and Bust In Animation Employment?

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Animation employment follows a boom and bust cycle. Productions ramp up and down as necessary, but why can’t they be stable all the time instead?

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