Alex Hirsch's words at the "Animation Game Changers" panel, CTN Expo 2016
<b>Hirsch:</b> [...] I mean, it's so amazing to be at this panel right now, cause it's like: "Oh, let's interview the giants [Butch Hartman, Craig McCracken, Lauren Faust], and now let's interview the ants standing on their shoulders [himself and Rebecca Sugar]". Like, the reason I knew at school that making a show was something you could do was because when I was in high school I was watching shows like Powerpuff Girls, Dexter's Lab, Fairly Odd Parents, Invader Zim, whatever-- name it... and all of these were people who, you know, not that long ago had also been students, who then pitched something and who made it. So they had cut with a machette, you know, the path through the jungle, and it was there.<p/><b></b> And the weird thing to me when I was at college was that nobody-- most of the people I was friends with, they didn't care. I was like "guys, there's a path, through this dark jungle, to running your own show!" and they were like [funny voice] "yeah, but I wanna design a prop for Pixar."<p/><b></b> [laughter]<p/><b></b> And like, they didn't think of it as something cool, as if...<p/><b>Tony Bancroft:</b> 'cuz it was easier, is that why?<p/><b>Hirsch:</b> I mean, it still-- there's a bit of that persp-- I think people think that Feature[ film]s are prestigious and that TV is, I mean, you know. Just look at... Moana's got the main room and it's, like-- you guys could be there, listening to some guy say like: "Uhh yeah, here's an anecdote about the Rock. I met him. He's nice." WHO CARES?! [motions towards Butch Hartman, Craig McCracken and Lauren Faust] These people shaped Animation History!<p/></p>
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“You must be J’s Uncle.” you greeted, standing up from your desk to shake Craig’s hand as he walked in for your meeting. He shook it, eyes quickly taking in your pencil skirt and blouse before you both sat down.
“Call me Craig.” He smiled, smoothing back his hair. You smiled softly, shuffling the papers around in front of you a little bit.
“Craig. I’m sorry, I thought J’s grandmother was going to come in for this meeting.” Craig gave you a dazzling smile before shrugging.
“She was a little busy so she sent me instead. You complaining about me coming instead?” He teased. You felt your cheeks go red as you quickly shook your head.
“No- I mean that’s… I didn’t mean that.” You stuttered, laughing awkwardly as Craig started to laugh. “Sorry.”
“Don’t worry about it. But if you really feel sorry how about you take me out to dinner to make up for it?” He grinned, causing you to get flustered all over again.
At our studio, there’s fun, creativity and DOODLES everywhere you look!! No seriously. In addition to people physically turning into doodles we have white boards all around the building filled with doodles and meeting notes all have a 3 doodle requirement. WE’RE SERIOUS ABOUT DOODLES GUYS.
Artist cred for these doodleheads go to our incredibly talented former NICKtern, Amelia Giller!
tweek, on the phone with craig: hi
craig: hey. wanna come over
tweek: *alarmed* oh i uh. kinda cant rn
craig: my parents arent home
tweek, whispering: “i know,” he says, standing over the mangled bodies of the two beloved tucker parents
tweek: Craig’s just my best friend - I mean, after spending most of every day with each other for four whole years to keep up the “dating” thing, you learn more about each other, you know? tweek: So he’s really good at keeping me calm and I’m pretty good at keeping him from… I don’t know. Getting into detention? craig: Unless we both end up there. craig: So we’re both straight. Okay? Okay.
tweek: S-so straight and such good friends that we can ignore weird family requests from–each other’s–parents–! craig: Are you still on that? It’s not a big deal, it just collects dust in my notifications. tweek: Well, ignore it and tell my dad to cut it out, we’re not ready to get pretend married!
craig: Dude. Do not! Touch! My phone! tweek: I’m just–gonna hit ignore and that’s it! craig: If it’s that serious, I’ll just do it! tweek: I can’t be sure that you will unless I do it myself!
clyde: I’M SINGLE. Single and ready to mingle. clyde: Girls, send me your numbers. clyde: Guys. Send me your girlfriends. tweek: (Give it!) craig: (Get the fuck off, asshole!) token: Clyde, you’re just going to be dating Bebe again in like, three and a half weeks.
This was my entry into our school’s Nickelodeon sketchbook competition. I call it “PicNick” (puns are always worth it). It ended up being a fun learning experience and I found out about a lot of areas in which I could improve!
Edit: I’ve uploaded an alternate version that I created for my NIckelodeon intern gallery. Thanks for all the new likes!
THIS IS (almost) EVERY CARTOON CURRENTLY AIRING ON NICKELODEON AND CARTOON NETWORK.
13 OUT OF 14 HAVE A MALE CHARACTER AS IT’S MAIN PROTAGONIST. With the exception of Teen Titans Go! Because it features 5 main protagonist (2 girls 3 dudes)
8 out of 14 either has either a males name in the tittle 0 out of 14 has a females name.
7 out 14 feature male exclusive duos or teams (Ninjago added females in later episodes and flying realistic tiger doesn’t count because she doesn’t talk)
9 out of 14 have at least one female primary character that shows up every episode. Only 6 out of 14 have two or more.
1 out of 14 shows female characters out number the males (Steven Universe)
This is not necessarily anyone’s fault but just the way the industry is right now. The industry has been male dominated and naturally creators will create what they relate too. So instead of getting upset we should focus on bringing in more females to the industry. I hope this will inspire some girls to get their own ideas out there.