DreamWorks Teaming with Korra Animation Studio for New TV Series
They say it’s a new series so it will be unrelated to the Avatar/Korra IPs. Makes sense. Pretty sure Nickelodeon owns that IP, unfortunately. Nick doesn’t even treat it right…sad stuff.
It’s interesting though. Whatever this new series is, Dreamworks and the Avatar/Korra studio will have equal share in the resulting IP of their partnership. Rarely do you ever see that happen these days, as publishers usually require IP ownership before they give you any kind of funding. This true partnership gives me hope in the animation industry in the west and hope in humanity in general. Please let this be a sign of good things to come.
I also hope the network they eventually get on isn’t Nickelodeon. I wouldn’t want to deal with them again after they shelved my biggest series of all time and forced it to online-only viewing. Korra not being aired anymore is a travesty.
Cartoon Network isn’t much better though, as they not only stopped airing, but outright CANCELED two of my favorite Saturday morning cartoons, Young Justice and Green Lantern: Animated. Their reasoning for it was also despicable too and I’ll never forgive them for it. It was LITERALLY because there were “too many female fans” and they didn’t want girls to beat boys in the ratings, as their reasoning is because “boys buy more toys than girls.”
First of all, that is beyond sexist. That’s downright evil. Secondly, as this article states, there’s more merchandise to sell than just “toys,” and don’t forget that clothing items sell like hotcakes to girls: http://io9.com/paul-dini-superhero-cartoon-execs-dont-want-largely-f-1483758317
Not to mention, the huge mark-up on clothes is similar to toys, so their profit margin percentage would’ve been pretty much the same for both demographics. But they’re also too set into their “gender role” seats, thinking that they can only market the female superheroes to the female audience. Like, do you know how hard it is to find male superhero clothes in female sizes? That’s plain stupid, that line of thinking. Girls who love superhero IPs like both male and female superheroes, just like guys like both male and female superheroes.
I know I personally have always enjoyed a hero based off of their story and their personality. Raven was my all-time favorite Teen Titan and - WHOA, SHE’S A GIRL THOUGH, AND YOU’RE A BOY, THAT SHOULDN’T BE POSSIBLE - shut the fuck up TV executive! You don’t get human psychology at all. You don’t understand what makes people like the things they like. You’re an old-ass conservative white guy in a ten-thousand-dollar suit wearing a gold watch and a tie clip with a set diamond, you don’t know jack shit about your audience. You only care about money and you refuse to adapt to the tides of change because you’re so set in your conservative ways. I fucking hate these executives who think they know shit when they don’t know anything about what makes a show ENTERTAINING. God dammit.
This isn’t just CN either, don’t get me wrong. This is ALL TV networks. Read that article above, just look at the stupidity of these executives. My gosh.
This line also pissed me off, “He explains that studios are looking to capture younger male viewers, ‘boys who are into goofy humor, goofy random humor,’ and that they aren’t interested in the older Young Justice audience.” They don’t give two shits about making a good series, the executives just want to keep pumping out lame “goofy/random humor” sitcoms. They don’t care about the STORY, they don’t care about CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT, they don’t care about THE WHOLE REASON WE LIKE THE THINGS WE LIKE.
Do you honestly think people watch Adventure Time for its “random humor?” Every single person I’ve ever met who owns Adventure Time merchandise and memorabilia watch it for the ongoing story and character development. The humor is okay, but it’s not what makes that series what it is. But those executives don’t GET that. They don’t understand us one bit, and they couldn’t care less about their older audience, which is the truly the dumbest thing of all, because last time I checked, WE’RE the ones with all the extra spending money, are we not?!
Stupid network executives. Stupid executives everywhere. This is why the west is so far behind Japan in the world of animation.
Wait! I know what you’re thinking. Please don’t mention me in the same breath as “weeaboo.” Let me explain.
Now, Japan has its fair share of goofy/random humor shows too, obviously, but they also have shows with deep, intricate plots (no, I’m not talking about THOSE kind of “plots,” get your head out of the gutter) and interesting characters with their own complexities and motivations. Sure, there’s plenty of fanservice shows as well as kiddie shows, but the point is that the sheer variety of shows completely eclipses the variety in the west.
When you mention cartoons in the west, people think of children’s shows only, or if they do think of something made for an older audience, it’s trash like Family Guy and American Dad. Okay, well, I actually like American Dad, but you get my point that “adult cartoons” are, on their surface, not much different than children cartoons: They’re all about goofy/gross humor most of the time, right?
Avatar the Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra are outliers. They are the exception to this rule. Those shows weave humor and complex plots and characters together to create something truly magical. We don’t get much in the way of these kinds of shows in the west. Whereas in Japan, you will find things like this everywhere, if you’re willing to separate the wheat from the chaff, so to speak.
Where in the west could you find experiences like Ergo Proxy, Samurai Champloo, Gantz, [C] - The Money of Soul and Possibility Control, Death Note, Cowboy Bebop, Ghost in the Shell, Baccano, Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Hellsing, Berserk, Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, Welcome to the NHK, Black Lagoon, Fate/Zero, Durarara, Clannad and Clannad After Story, Detective Conan/Case Closed, From the New World, and many, many more?
The list of great series from Japan whose main focus isn’t “random humor” is HUGE. I don’t think it would be possible to create a list of that length of western animation and I only used a handful of examples; there’s certainly plenty more where those came from.
I wish western society would treat animation with more respect. It is a wonderful medium in which to tell incredible stories in a way that wouldn’t be possible (or simply wouldn’t be nearly as good) in live-action series.
The fact that the animation we get here in the west is entirely dependent on what our network executives bet their money on is a depressing reality. Young Justice deserved better, and Korra deserves to be aired in a prime-time slot.
I’ll be looking forward to whatever the Korra studio and DreamWorks partnership come up with. Hopefully they continue making fantastic stories with interesting characters. Here’s hoping.