Thirteen and Out: Why Concise Series Runs Will Become the Norm

If the thirteen episodes mentioned in the title seems a bit short, just imagine how the Simpsons would be viewed today if the original order was all that was made. Would it still be viewed as a classic, or be relegated to a footnote of television history? Regardless of what would have happened 25 years ago, the future is pointing inexorably towards series runs of a predetermined length and story structure.

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John B. Knutson Presents A Series of Posts You Should Probably Pay Attention To

Over at the Random Acts of Geekery blog, John B. Knutson has just begun a series of posts that are definitely worth your while following even if you are familiar with the subject matter.

The challenge he has set himself? Well it’s quite simple really, he going to track down and blog about every single film mentioned in Leonard Maltin’s seminal tome,‘Of Mice and Magic’.

He’s started with J. Stewart Blackton and early Windsor MacCay so now’s your chance to get in on the ground floor.

Fanta Gets Animated for Summer

This summer, Fanta has rolled out a new advertising campaign developed by Ogilvy & Mather . The core of this new campaign is a series of animated ads created by Psyop (hat tip to The Inspiration Room for the details). There are far more than the usual animated series of commercials, and they are at least pleasing to the eye, with some catchy, contemporary music. Will they adhere the audience to Fanta? Perhaps, but its not guaranteed.

The commercials are fun, and they send the message that Fanta is a fun product, but when it comes to drinks, soft drinks especially, you want to give the viewer a solid reason to want the drink. That’s why Gatorade concentrates on sports replenishment and Pepsi Max went for the “no sugar” line. A drink has never been successful just because its “fun”, besides, Fanta isn’t even the best tasting orange soft drink out there (that would be Club Orange).

Either way, here’s the entire series for you to enjoy. 🙂

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zjG-Om1Dtk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mr3BZZEtVm4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-C5aXVtYpk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URwgy0J1ObI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FE4ABwxce8o

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QRHDG12avM

And perhaps the best of the bunch (that’s actually two years old?):

 

Four Thoughts on Seth MacFarlane Rebooting The Flintstones

Yoinked from Cartoon Brew

I admit I was disappointed when I read the news yesterday. Why someone felt the need to let Seth MacFarlane reboot one of the greatest TV shows of all time is beyond me. Since we haven’t even seen or heard anything yet, I cannot have an opinion on the show either way. What I can have, are some thoughts on the whole idea, which I present to you below.

1. Why bring it back?

The old saying “let a sleeping dog lie” is apt. There is no shortage of original concepts out there just waiting to be made. Instead, in this age of sequels and prequels, we get an existing property that just has to be brought into the modern age.

Don’t get me wrong, The Flintstones aren’t sacrosanct. Remember the kids version from the 80s? Hanna-Barbera themselves weren’t as nice to the characters as they perhaps should have been. The difference is that they knew the jig was up in the early 90s and began making original content.

Why now? The Flintstones is 50 years old and the only new content being created is the Fruity Pebbles commercials. That’s pretty bad, but also appropriate. The show itself is only shown on Boomerang and merchandise has been gradually retracted over the years. The show is losing its audience (as they regrettably die off) and there aren’t enough new ones discovering the show.

My beef with the whole idea? Can you imagine if, back in the 60s, some network decided to bring back some vaudeville act from 50 years before? They’d be laughed out of town. Sadly that is not the case today.

2. Why Seth MacFarlane?

He already has three ‘winners’ on the network that pull in hundreds of millions of dollars a year for FOX. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. Besides, he did work on some of the H-B cartoons of the 90s like Johnny Bravo, which was very much in the retro style. He is (or should be) familiar with the characters and the style of the show.

3. Will the reboot return animation to the glory of prime time?

No. That era is well and truly dead. The proliferation of the audience among the vast number of cable channels and the internet has meant that the audience necessary to sustain a top quality animated prime time show is gone. The days of the The Simpsons and Family Guy itself are rapidly drawing to a close. Don’t expect any big surprises.

4. Will you and I watch it?

I don’t know, will you? I’ll probably watch  the premiere but to be honest, I haven’t watched FOX on Sunday night in months. The quality of the evening has sunk to the point that I would rather invest my time in a film or TV show on Netflix than get let down by The Simpsons and the MacFarlane shows. It’s sad but it’s the truth.