We’re Not In a Golden Age


We have such a great medium that can cross international borders with ease, that can dive deep into the ocean of emotion and provoke thoughts and ideas that we wouldn’t have otherwise considered; a medium so layered with artistic disciplines and what do we do with it?

At this very moment in animation “history,” our post-Saturday Morning era, there is quite a “boom” in the animation industry but it’s no where close to what everyone is calling a second “Golden Age.”  We’re about as close to the golden age as we are to the Andromeda Galaxy, that to consider the opposite is either in pure innocent ignorance or absolute arrogance to the fact.

Comedy is by far one of the most sought after genres by studios large and small, from the fortune 100 to the fortune 5 million.  The reasoning is simple: People like feeling good.  And while great comedies can be like a fine dining experience; in the world of Broadcast and the Internet it’s more like fast food and there are plenty of places to go around.  Companies look at views and likes rather than quality of the work.  The way many Broadcasters look for content - we’ve heard this first hand with selling shows - is that they want it to be like, as in nearly identical to, X or Y show, that they want it to be like this “viral” video that got 500 million views and their social page has over 1 million likes.  It’s super easy to market and sell which makes the executives jobs that much easier.  It’s shooting for low hanging fruit that’s guaranteed to make a quick buck.  

Anyone with a tablet and the internet can make a show these days and without the gatekeepers guarding network dollars the rates for animation production plummet to all kinds of new lows that crush the animation industry from the inside out.  It’s like that old chestnut, “If everyone is special, then no one is,” and with that we continue to deplete the credibility of animation.

What made the Golden Age golden was that animation was breaking new grounds such as adding emotion to characters and creating a sense of believability that these characters are real.  To make someone forget that they’re watching a drawing, even just for a second, was and is an incredible feat of skill and craft.  Moments when you could see Snow White go through the thought process of what she’s experiencing, or laughing in wonder of whether the Coyote would ever get a chance to eat that damn Roadrunner, being able to make these images come to life - not just moving pixels, but really injecting a sense of awareness - isn’t something many people are capable of doing today.   Today, the majority of content from web shows to feature films - pardon my French - fucking sucks.  It’s cheap and it sucks.

You know we’re in decline when the industry, and the studios therein, need to rely on remakes or reboots of classic properties in order to achieve some sense of profitable margin.  Because they can’t create ideas that they believe in themselves.  Why bother with creating something of interest, let’s just remake classics and turn them into steaming piles of shit and call it “golden.”

When craftsmanship disappeared from production values so did the Golden Age and the respect that came from being in this industry.

The animation industry is self defeating.  And soon, if we continue this trend, self destructive.

The more bullshit we as an industry continue to support and create, the less credibility we give the medium which in turn causes people to NOT want to watch or participate in the experience of an animated show or film.  The industry is self-asphyxiating on it’s own delusional idea of “good content.”

When you say the word “animation” to someone what’s the first two things that come to mind?  Disney and shitty silly cartoons.  Never once does it cross their mind that animation can be something that is impactful to society, that a narrative could be as dramatic as “Mad Men,” or “House of Cards.”  No one could conceptualize the notion that there are some animated films that are just as thrilling as an Alfred Hitchcock or Stanley Kubrick film or something as stimulating as a Martin Scorsese piece.  

Some would argue that it’s all about the writing and while in some instance that could be true, but it’s really about story.  Story doesn’t have be external, i.e, dialogue, it’s also internal, the parts you don’t write such as a character thinking, experiencing, feeling.  If it’s dialogue you want, listen to the radio or a podcast or watch live action.  Animation is able to do more, and should do more, than just act as shells for verbal dysentery.  

There’s a REAL thirst for brain-teasing content - just look at what’s being produced on NetFlix and AMC, and yet, selling Adult [Dramatic] Animation is “a hard sell.”  

I wonder why…hmm…

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There’s a REAL thirst for brain-teasing content - just look at what’s being produced on NetFlix and AMC, and yet, selling Adult [Dramatic] Animation is “a hard sell.”  <- THIS SHIT RIGHT HERE. 

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Or going to work sick because taking a day off means rent doesn’t get paid.

The absolute truth. Both of these statements







Men fear witches because they take their power from the earth without poisoning the soil.




iunno I got this idea when I went to the store today






Teaching this to my team this weekend. After I figure out if it can be done in full kit.

This might be pretty helpful for someone that not very strong.

This looks like a cool skill to have.

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do you ever think about how little Michelangelo cared

All right, everyone, grab a chair and sit back because I’m going to share with you what I learned about Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel in my Art History Class.

The man NEVER wanted to paint the damn thing. But the pope at the time “forced him to” According to my teacher. Michelangelo hated this man, I MEAN REALLY HATED HIM. So did a majority of people. The pope’s nickname translated literally means “Terrible pope”.

And the working conditions were awful. He had to work on his back with all that paint, which is filled with some toxic shit that gave Michelangelo a limp for the rest of his life.
(Also, our teacher made us get on our backs and try drawing with both hands JUST to prove how bad and uncomfortable it is.)

At the time, the ceiling was so high, you could barely see it. You need binoculars to get a good look at what’s up there, by the time people could see the paintings, there was a lot of weird symbolism that Michelangelo hid up there.

This one? The creation of the sun and moon? God is mooning you. And the pope and all others after him prayed under that without knowing.

This one? At the time, dissecting was sacrilegious and everyone found out how behind God was what looked like half a brain. blah blah, science, science, that pissed everyone off.

And also, ALLLLLLL the men and women in the Sistine Chapel are all on fucking steroids. My teacher described the women’s bodies as "Men bodies with boobs slapped on."

And then there is this:

Now this is the back wall. Michelangelo actually wanted to paint this one after he finished the ceiling. (and there was a different pope too, I believe.) However, originally, EVERYONE in that painting was naked. And they didn’t like it. Adam and Eve naked? That’s cool. But Jesus? Now you crossed the line. So the pope at the time hired someone else to censor it and give the important figures clothes. He worked on it for 6 or 9 months before he died.

And then the symbolism in this one is great. Somewhere in the right, there are homosexuals in heaven. (No matter what, the Vatican will say “Those straight men are happy” I’ll get to that in a second), Michelangelo painted himself near Jesus, and the terrible pope is in hell with a snake biting his balls.

And if you were to point ANY of this out to the Vatican, they will deny all of it and claim Michelangelo was a catholic hero. In fact, when they discovered the symbolism around the 60s or 70s, the guy who told the Vatican was kicked out of the Vatican for life.

TL;DR: Michelangelo hated the pope and made the best “fuck you” of all time.

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Russian plus size model Katalina Gorskikh by Natalia Bezrukova

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Sailor Moon on the runway

Koan: Mugler FW 1992, Setsuna: Chanel FW 1992, Serenity: Dior Haute Couture SS 1992, Hotaru: Mugler FW 1992, Calaveras: Christian Lacroix Haute Couture FW 1992

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