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How YouTube’s Algorithm Stifles Animated Content

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 were at risk. Since then, things have failed to get better, and an analysis of the company’s method of delivering content proves that animation as an artform is not welcome on the platform.

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Aug
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As Art, Why Doesn’t Animation Challenge Our Beliefs?

Animation is making leaps and bounds as I write this. So far, 2016 is turning out to be a great year for variety in terms of choice and styles. Yet in relative terms, we’re still well within the comfort zone. Animation art is entertaining us, and amazing us, but are we being challenged?

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Aug
15

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Four Reasons Why The Simpsons Should Ditch The Half-Hour Episode

Half-hour episodes: the bedrock of just about every television success story. Efficient, profitable, and rapidly becoming outdated. The Simpsons owes a large chunk of its success to the format, but it blunts the show’s formerly raw edge.

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Aug
9

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Petulant Fans As Investors: The Ugly Side of Crowdfunded Content

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 increased scrutiny with the biggest lesson so far being that when backers contribute money, they don’t make requests, they make demands.

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

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 merchandise for decades. Things appear to be changing though, as the company makes a concerted push into luxury fashion in a move that is bewildering yet not entirely surprising.

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The Banality of The Animated TV Show Press Release

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Marathon’s latest creation is Lolirock and while this animated TV show looks interesting, the press release announcing it is anything but.

Is the Animation Iceberg Melting?

Monday, June 3, 2013

Who is taking charge in the animation industry when it comes to change and who is ensuring that innovation triumphs over stagnation?

Why Was The Steven Universe Pilot Not Left Online?

Friday, May 24, 2013

Cartoon Network’s upcoming series Steven Universe was recently uploaded online but was quickly pulled down. Here’s a look at why that was a poor decision.

GIFs and Vine – Animation Promotional Tool or Nuisance?

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

GIFs have become are ubiquitous on the internet, but does the recent announcement of a Peanuts Vine series of 12 second shorts mean they are a nuisance?

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