Everlasting cultural ubiquity stands as the holy grail of any creative endeavour. This tantalising achievement so often seemingly within reach is more often than not beaten down by the bulwark of a society whose tastes change and whose fickleness is monstrously incurable. The Simpsons though continues to find new paths to cultural relevance; the latest […]
People have been clamouring for a Disney princess that embodies LGBT traits for some time, but the latest #GiveElsaAGirlfriend campaign is misdirected, misguided and will ultimately fail to accomplish the very outcome it desires. Why is this so, and why do fans tend to believe otherwise? The answer is troubling and undermines all efforts aimed […]
Being in development for some time, Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir has been through a convoluted development process that wound it’s way through various countries and formats before finally landing on the kid-friendly, 3-D CGI production we have today. It’s the type of show that’s becoming increasingly rare, but for a variety of […]
Fans and fandoms are recurring themes here on the blog, and for good reason. They form an essential, and ever more critical part of a successful cartoon or animated feature. They are marketers, advocates, customers, and above all, appreciative individuals. However, fans have long been held at length by studios, and for good reason as […]
Bronies have a big role the success of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, but what downsides have they created and can they happen to other shows?
A group of fans are attempting to remake an original Sailor Moon episode, but what kind of copyright questions does this throw up?
Adventure Time has fostered a large & vibrant fanbase. However, what if fans only concentrate on minute aspects of the show and ignore the broader picture?
Published a while back was a post over on Fast Company by Andrew Reid that’s all about fans, or rather, fans and influencers and the ease at which both are interchanged and confused. The concept of fan and fandom is often used on this blog, but when it comes to culture, it is harder to […]
Where does one draw the line between simple fan activities and outright escapism. The Brony phenomenon provides a good example to study the blurry line between normal fandom, and potentially damaging social seclusion.
Tumblr users spontaneously created a fandom for an anime show that didn’t exist, but whose efforts have apprently resulted in the show getting the official treatment.
Oh My Disney is a website with the appearance of a fan-made repository of Disney joy, but it is in fact, run by the corporation itself. Here’s a look at why that’s a bad thing.