The rest of this year is gonna be a killer; in a good way after October too! A varied number of week links for you today thanks to some great articles that popped up on my radar.
How to Write A “Simpsons” Episode, According to Original Show Writer Al Jean
Some great pointers in this. Too bad the show actively ignores the ones that matter. For those that are curious or who want to learn from the best, it’s a great place to start though.
Cartoon Network: Netflix Is Hurting Our TV Ratings
This article is worth reading, but should come with some caveats. Namely that it’s an external analyst that says their ratings are dropping thanks to Netflix and nowhere is the quality of the programming discussed. Wouldn’t that seem relevant? If all you broadcast is reruns of Johnny Test, then of course ratings will suffer. And speaking of Johnny Test….
TV Helmer Sues For ‘Johnny Test’ Credit
I was on the verge of giving this revelation its own post but to be honest, it’s not worth it until it concludes. Long story short, it took the guy seven years to find out something he created was allegedly stolen. Call me a sceptic but it always makes sense to sue only after something has become a success. It’s a waste of lawyers’ fees otherwise, right?
The Simpsons, deconstructed
Artist JK Keller took an episode of the Simpsons, ran the entire thing through some audio and video filters, and somehow it retains the full character of the show while also seeming like, as Keller puts it, “a frenetic mess of sight and sound”.
Disney’s Non-Strategy Strategy to Combat Unauthorized Disneyland Horror Movie
Disney actually deserve props for not using the nuclear legal bomb on this film and are actually probably right that not getting involved will allow it to all blow over naturally. Still though, they’re quite alone in that regard as Hollywood studios are normally notorious for suing anyone into oblivion when copyright is involved.
The Future of Cinemas
The theatrical experience is changing. It always has, but now more so than ever, the cinema is losing the final card it had to play as far as content goes; namely that it was the only place you could see [mainstream] features first. That’s changed and thanks to intense competition from cable TV and the web. simply having the latest Hollywood blockbuster first isn’t the draw that it used to be.
Paul Sawyers at The Next Web takes a holistic look at the cinema and what they really mean to us going forward. Since feature animation is, at the time of writing, so dependent on the box office in order to become profitable, any changes to the system should be studied closely by anyone in the industry.
Tweets of the Week
TURN ONS: sense of humour, nice smile
TURN OFFS: the bit in watership down where those rabbits got sealed in the warren and gassed to death
— Andy Pandy (@_Pandy) September 16, 2013
I have yet to earn back my production budget.
— p. gutierrez ? ? (@suddenlyquiet) September 16, 2013
Do janitors at Hogwarts physically sweep with brooms or do they use a spell to make the brooms go all "Fantasia" on the joint? #HarryPotter
— Dan “DANley Tucci” Santat? (@dsantat) September 16, 2013
Photo: Atomic Betty http://t.co/e2XjXtJwNE
— Kyu-bum Lee (@sqetches1) September 16, 2013
I became an animator so that one day when countless people from my high school asked me for tours and free swag I could say no.
— Aliki Theofilopoulos (@alikigreeky) September 17, 2013
Fan speculation on backstage doings of animated studios just flabbergasts me-it's always so off, naive & usually dead wrong, but on it goes!
— Jenny Lerew (@blackwingjenny) September 19, 2013