The Compelling Reasons That Will Make You a Fan of Hatsune Miku

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

If we’re being honest, even I wouldn’t have believed that headline if it was written even six months ago. Clearly being only vaguely aware of who Hatsune Miku is wasn’t enough and it took a proper introduction before I ‘got’ her. Of course there’s a lot of appeal to the character of Miku herself, and that forms the basis for many young fans’ devotion. That’s not what makes her appealing to me though; what does is the concept and execution of the character’s role and what she represents from a business standpoint. To put it simply: she’s the future.

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Taking Gender Out of the Animation Equation By Simply Ignoring It

Friday, February 28, 2014

Gender is a topic in animation circles that is gaining more traction lately mainly thanks to a growing realisation that for all the talk of an industry that has less sever gender segregation and under representation than live-action, it’s still a heavily male-dominated industry. That translates into the programming and associated merchandise so easily that it’s long been simply taken for granted. In recent years, the problem has attracted more attention as viewers, consumer groups and activists look to balance the equation for women and females in animation. For an example of a possible fix, we turn to the east, and the hit anime show Attack on Titan.

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Hank Azaria’s Lawsuit Details What Defines A Character

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Voice acting isn’t Hank Azaria’s only talent. He’s also an actor and comedian who just happen to excel at creating great characters. One of those creations got him into a bit of difficulty when it emerged that someone else had created something very similar first. Cue a lawsuit to sort it all out that also reveals (at least in the legal sense) what defines a character.

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Violet, Viber & Animating A Character

Monday, December 9, 2013

Communications software maker Viber have created a character called Violet. Here’s a discussion of how she could be successfully animated.

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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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Merida’s Makeover and Character Continuity

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Pixar’s Merida has received a makeover before her induction into the Disney Princess group but that has only raised questions about a character’s continuity across media.

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Kickass Women in Cartoons: A List That’s A Bit Light

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Hollywood.com has a list of “Kickass Women In Cartoons” and as awesome as the list is, there’s something wrong that I just can’t put my finger on. Ah…

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Memorable Moments From The Simpsons: Then and Now

Friday, April 13, 2012

Everyone knows The Simpsons isn’t what it used to be, but besides the lower bar for jokes, there has been a fundamental shift in many of the memorable…

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Electroshock: An Amusing Character Analysis

Saturday, March 31, 2012

By way of Broadsheet.ie, Electroshock is a short film in French directed by Hugo Jackson, Pascal Chandelier, Velentin Michel, Bastein Mortelecque and Elliot Maren, all working out of…

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Flixist Looks At Spirited Away But Neglects One Very Important Thing

Friday, February 17, 2012

Matthew Razak over at Flixist has a great in-depth look at Hayao Miyazaki’s seminal 2001 film, Spirited Away. That article is well worth a few minutes of your…

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A Few Awesome Kim Possible Expression Sheets

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Coming once again from the Art of Animation tumblelog, here’s a few more lovely looking Kim Possible expression sheets. It’s these kind of sheets that always intrigue me….

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