Random thoughts from a cynical optimist.
“Circumstances of birth are nothing more than random, and should never be a source of pride or shame.” – Penn Jillette, Penn and Teller: Bullshit, Season 4 Episode 7: Reparations
I don’t really know why people think their ancestry actually matters. I guess it’s because of this weird obsession some people have with the past.
I’m sure we’ve all heard of the documentary series, Who Do You Think You…
A stereotype is a trait that is applied to every individual of a certain group. And the thing about stereotypes, is that nine times out of nine, they’re wrong! I’m rounding off here.
And intellectually, we all know this. We know that the stereotypes we place on people are all bullshit. You don’t even have to look very far to notice this. For instance, Stereotype #547: All black people are gang…
If there’s one piece of advice I could give to anyone with regards to wooing a prospective mate, it’s this: Don’t take advice from anyone!
I say this because I once took the advice of a friend, and it turned out to be terrible advice, but I did not know that at the time. I can’t tell if she honestly thought it was a good idea, or she was secretly plotting some epic revenge over something!
Why are superpowers such a common fantasy trope? I know it may seem like an obvious question, but it’s still worth asking.
And yes, before you ask, it is extremely common. Jedi, Magi, super soldiers, mutants. Generally, every fantasy franchise that has ever existed, featured characters who are more than human. But why?
Some may say it’s an ego thing. We like to imagine ourselves as having these…
The weird thing about romance in your typical, modern-day, Saturday morning cartoon, is that it’s not often portrayed on-screen.
This can be a good thing, or a bad thing, depending on how you look at it. In the case of some shows, like Littlest Pet Shop, or My Life as a Teenage Robot, our main cast is composed of teenagers. And generally, teenagers get involved in romance, whether they want to…
I never understood the appeal of sporting events. Right now, the Olympics are happening in Russia somewhere, and I couldn’t care less. No, literally, I’ve tried, I’m pretty sure it’s physically impossible for me to care less than I already do.
The only thing that’s attracted my attention was the fact that it’s apparently taking place in some third-world country, with their medieval attitudes…
I DONT THINK PEOPLE UNDERSTAND HOW HARD ANIMATORS WORK
WHAT BUGS ME MOST IS WHEN ANY ANIMATED MOVIE BECOMES FAMOUS (DISNEY, PIXAR, ANIME’S, AND TV SHOWS) THE WRITER GETS 99.9999% OF THE CREDIT.
DO YOU KNOW HOW HARD IT IS TO DRAW THE SAME CHARACTER SLOWLY MOVING 24 TIMES- ONLY TO MAKE ONE SECOND OF ANIMATION?
HOW MANY SKETCHES THEY MADE?
PEOPLE NEED TO APPRECIATE ANIMATORS MORE.
I completely agree, animators need more credit. That being said, writers need even more.
To be quite honest, when a new episode of, let’s say, My Little Pony, is released, the quality is not determined by the animation, but the writing.
A great episode has its foundation in its writing. Without a great script, the rest of the episode can’t hold up. You can have the greatest animation team in the world, and even the greatest voice actors. But without a great script, you’re lost.
However, without decent animators, or voice actors, even a great script can result in a bad episode.
But generally, animation done well is not noticed. Animation done badly, is. The same goes with acting. But generally, in Hollywood, writers never get enough credit for their work. Take any film, Pacific Rim for instance. It stars Idris Elba, Charlie Day, Ron Perlman, the ugly guy from Torchwood, and it’s directed by the one, and only, Guillermo del Toro, of Hellboy fame. Everyone knows this! Now! Who wrote it? Who wrote the script?
Without a great script, that film would’ve been terrible, even with the stellar cast and star director. Yet I don’t remember any of the film marketing saying, Written by this guy!
By the way, it was Travis Beacham, who also wrote Clash of the Titans. Guillermo del Toro also worked on it, but that’s beside the point.
I guess my point is, Everyone deserves credit, but writers never get enough. Animators also get the shaft, but that’s only because we generally don’t notice that stuff, and they don’t really get much creative control. They follow design guides, and have to read off of storyboards. It’s hard work, but you don’t hear people complaining about the gaffers getting too little credit.
Let’s just keep things in perspective.