How YouTube’s Algorithm Stifles Animated Content

Friday, September 9, 2016

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…

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Petulant Fans As Investors: The Ugly Side of Crowdfunded Content

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

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…

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More Tough Choices Ahead for Independent Animators

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

This time last year, I speculated that the ‘You’ part of ‘YouTube’ was about to become as irrelevant as the ‘Music’ part of ‘MTV’. As it turns out,…

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Are Creative Risks Worth Taking?

Friday, September 26, 2014

Animation has always had a strong creative streak with plenty of variety to it. If you didn’t like that Walt Disney was chasing realism, all you had to do was look across town to the Warner guys on Termite Terrace and see cutting edge character comedy in full flow. Today is no different; while major studios have become increasingly bland in their offerings, there are plenty of others taking up the creative mantle. Is what they’re doing worth the effort and risk involved?

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The Courtship of Animation And Comics is Getting Ever Closer to Marriage

Friday, June 27, 2014

Animation and comics have always been somewhat related. The latter is, after all, a more polished version of the storyboard for the former. Using one as the inspiration for the other is a long-standing practise dating all the way back to the Fleischer Superman shorts of the 1940s. Tie-ins are nothing new either, being around at least as long as shorts but only really hitting their stride with the advent of television. So how do things stand today? Well, the relationship has become ever closer and could even be considered a full-on marriage.

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CNN Thinks It Can Win Teens Over to TV News With Animation

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

It took some time to process this news; as far out as it is. Last month, CNN announced that they were rebranding their other cable news network Headline News as HLN and giving it a complete makeover too. Borrowing more than the idea of a three lettered name from MTV, HLN is now gunning for the teen demos, and is banking on animation to help them grab it. The only question that is really raised is: why?

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Three More Animated Kickstarter Campaigns to Compare

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

A look at three different animated Kickstarter campaigns and why each is being undertaken despite differing economic backgrounds and promises.

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Checking in on the Bravest Warriors

Monday, March 11, 2013

The Bravest Warriors was Frederator’s first original series on their Cartoon Hangover YouTube channel. With series one over, let’s check in on how it performed.

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Frederator Aims High With Cartoon Hangover and Bravest Warriors

Friday, November 9, 2012

Perennial innovator Frederator Studios is currently firing on all cylinders as they gear up for the big push to launch their latest venture, Cartoon Hangover. In times past…

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7 Reasons That My Life as a Teenage Robot is Undervalued

Monday, May 14, 2012

It’s no secret that My Life as a Teenage Robot is one of my very favourite animated TV shows, but it would seem that it’s in the company…

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Seven Superb Title Cards From My Life as a Teenage Robot

Monday, November 14, 2011

The other day, I cam across the blog of Steve Joseph Holt, a rather talented artist whose worked on some of your favourite cartoons from the last decade…

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