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Some Thoughts on RWBY

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 watched it. Here are a few thoughts on the show.

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Aug
20

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Why Producing Content is Like Opening a Restaurant

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 suppose they’re not so different after all, are they? So if you’re producing animated content, what lessons can you learn from a restaurant and can you use them to drive success?

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Aug
11

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Animation is Finally a Commodity. Now What?

It took long enough, but animation is just about everywhere you, and (among younger generations at least), is immensely popular. Many have long looked with envy at Japan with its ubiquitous anime and pined for a similar scenario in western markets. Their prayers may have been answered, but the reality is far from expectations. Animation has become a commodity, and with that it has lost its special place in the minds of consumers and fans alike. The question is, what happens now, and where does the industry go from here?

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Jul
12

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Remember Inside Out?

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Seems like ages ago that everyone was gushing over Pixar’s latest hit, doesn’t it?

Now Minions is the movie on everyone’s lips. The hit of the land! A tremendous opening weekend! Almost $400,000,000 grossed worldwide!!! Illumination/Universal does it yet again! Can nothing stop them???

Wait, what’s that you say?

They’re working on a Wreck-It-Ralph sequel!?*

Well if they don’t call it Super Wreck-It-Ralph someone should be fired.†

Etc. etc.

* MovieNews | John C. Reilly confirms at Galway Film Fleadh that he’s signed on for Wreck-It Ralph 2 – entertainment.ie

† As quipped by Redditor /u/lpjunior999


Frozen contributed to my disillusionment with animation last year.

Inside Out is the catalyst this time around.

The cranial dynamo ran out of steam, and it’s no easy task to get it spinning again.

Ideally you shouldn’t have to start rebuilding a passion from scratch, and yet here we are.

With that in mind, the focus now is on creating something new,  and in order to do that, you can’t focus on the old.

Jun
12

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Enough With The Reboots!

This week saw the announcement of not one, but three reboots to popular old shows. The Powerpuff Girls are being trotted out again, ReBoot gets well, rebooted, and even the Three Stooges refuse to die with a new animated show in the works. It’s all too much for me to bear!

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Where’s My Adventure Time Swatch Watch?

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Seriously? Why is there no Adventure Time Swatch watch out there? Why can’t I buy them? Why can’t anyone buy them? Why hasn’t anyone thought of doing it…

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Are You Thinking Globally?

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

It’s easy if you live in the US to think solely about audiences in that country, but what about audiences abroad? In the new internet media age, are you paying attention to their tastes?

Does Cartoon Network Disrespect Its Old Shows?

Friday, January 11, 2013

See update below! Cartoon Network really is the odd man out of the three US kids channels. Originally a division of Turner Broadcasting, it now operates as an…

Where IS Our Open Source 2D Animation Software?

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Nina Paley has blazed a bit of a trail in the animation world over the past few years with her near single-handedly produced feature film, Sita Sings the…

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