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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Why is Mickey Mouse More Popular Than Bugs Bunny?

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Baiting title aside, Mickey Mouse really is more popular than Bugs Bunny. He sells a lot more merchandise, appears in far more places around the world and is lauded as a mascot for the company that operates ‘The Happiest Place on Earth.’ Bugs never even got such opportunities and yet as a character, he is far superior to Mickey. Why is that?

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The Disney Princess Lingerie Might Not Be So Bad After All

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Sprung upon the (non-Japanese) world last week was a series of lingerie based on the Disney Princess brand. Yet here in the west, a bit of a burhaha unfolded as people discussed the merits and demerits of such merchandise. In the midst of it all, people forgot that they might not be so weird, or so bad after all.

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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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Week Links 41-2013

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Charles’ week links for December 1st to the 8th, 2013

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Week Links 40-2013

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Charles’ week links for November 17th to the 23rd, 2013

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Week Links 35-2013

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Charles week links for September 15th to the 21st, 2013

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Studio Ghibli, Disney, and The Range of Their Brands

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Disney only releases family-friendly films under the Disney brand yet Studio Ghibli releases all manner of films under their brand. How can they do it?

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Like it or Not, Disney Means TV Not Movies

Monday, July 15, 2013

Disney these days is all about TV and not the movies that the marketing and local news would have you believe.

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Week Links 27-2013

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Charles week links for July 6th to the 13th, 2013

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Animation Idioms from 1938 You Might Find Relevant

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

From a 1938 artist tryout book for the Walt Disney studios comes a few animation idioms that are as relevant then as they are today.

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