A selection of the best animation articles including news, opinions, and features from around the world for the week beginning the 3rd of May, 2020.
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, that speculation has turned out to be correct. Unfortunately, the future looks even more gloomy for independent creators for an even more troubling reason.
It took long enough, but animation is just about everywhere you, and (among younger generations at least), is immensely popular. Many have long looked with envy at Japan with its ubiquitous anime and pined for a similar scenario in western markets. Their prayers may have been answered, but the reality is far from expectations. Animation […]
The production of animated TV programs has never been greater. All three kids channels have full slates, numerous cable networks have their own shows, and FOX continues its long tradition of animated programming on Sunday nights. It’s a good time to be an optimist, yet it’s never been more important to be pessimistic about this […]
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.
Merchandising will start to play an even bigger role in animated hits’ success and it will make or break it, regardless of the size of the company, or their animated product.
YouTube has decided to offer paid subscriptions as part of their platform. Here’s why that’s a bad idea for them and for creators as well.
A good while ago, we wrote about how Cartoon Network was letting down its own fans by restricting the online streaming on their site to cable/satellite subscribers only. Unfortunately, that still appears to be the case, and the network, along with its hit show Adventure Time is all the worse for it. Why??? The reason […]
The VCR did a lot for anime and animation in general back in the 70s and 80s. What is the equivalent in today’s digital age? How can we maintain access to old cartoons and make money from them?
A look at the digital currency Bitcoin and how it’s distributed nature could prove beneficial to animation creators and consumers alike.
The creators behind the successful webcomic Cyanide and Happiness turned down multiple deals for an animated cable TV show opting instead to create a web series. Here’s why that’s a significant decision.