Animation Verses Prejudice
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John The Rogue Demon Hunter asks:
With all the Buffy and Angel cast getting older, would the fans being willing to accept further adventures in the animation style of Star Wars: The clone Wars?
Fans would be willing to accept further adventures of Buffy, Angel, and Firefly in an animation style. The bigger question is would the general public accept further adventures in animation style? Would the studios have the patience to back and distribute further adventures in animation style?
Joss Whedon has already transitioned those settings and characters into a comic format. There is great acceptance and love for the continuation of the series in print comic form. This leaves a short step to move from print to animation.
The current success of animated shows both on TV and in the direct to DVD markets also support the plausibility of doing more animated shows. Clone Wars had a rocky start getting accepted though most of it was due to the new style they used in animation that took some getting used to. The Simpsons had a lucky start with "bartmania" that still gets large ratings decades latter. Both DC and Marvel’s direct to DVD animated movies prove both quality in animated projects and how they can cater to the adult market.
We face several problems that are hindering future projects.
General Public Prejudice
The general public in the American market has a prejudice against animated shows. When first approaching an animated show they presume it is for children not adults. Many don’t even bother to give those shows the time of day unless they are bringing their kids to watch it.
Though this public prejudice has decreased some in recent years it is still rampant. I could not count the number of adults that give subtle nonverbal clues of disdain when they find out I’m watching Clone Wars or Planet Hulk. Others still voice their prejudice by replying “I thought that was a show for kids?”
Many creators of animated projects have their demons to wrestle with too. First, before the project is even done they have to admit they won’t win any prizes for the work due to the prejudice in viewing it as less no matter how brilliant and deserving. Look at Avatar, the movie would have been better going full animation but instead it went with live action parts so that it could be a “movie with cool special effects”.
This prejudice holds back studios from giving a green light to an animated project that is not targeted toward the children / young adult markets. This forces many good projects to include in kidsey elements and to remove some of the better adult elements. Clone Wars season one is a great example of this problem. The show was so much less than it could have been. Once they got past the prejudice it got better in season two.
I Find Their Lack of Faith Most Disturbing
Because of the prejudice against animated projects they tend to take longer before picking up larger audience share.
Studios have been trending toward a less lenient policy when it comes to new projects. They have been quick to cancel projects that don’t show immediate success.
This is a recipe for failure by proclamation instead of giving the project time to get over the inherent hurdles.
A New Hope
I hope that the American public continues to learn from the Japanese, and Korean animated markets.
I hope that we continue to see the trend in the decline of prejudice against animated projects.
I would love to see the continuing adventures of Firefly and Buffy the vampire slayer in animated format.
I've always wanted a Faith The Vampire Slayer series and wrote up a series outline. Maybe one day I will hook up with some animators.
I hope John finds some animator to help him with his Faith the Vampire Slayer project and that they then check in with us for many more projects.
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