You know, it’s really sweet of Disney (or even the show’s staff themselves) to make a tribute video of The 7D and the homages it paid to everything Disney. But a part of me wish that because of that, the company should have been behind the show 100% form the beginning due to the fact it’s based on a well-known property and it was Disney’s first-ever full-length movie that started everything. The 7D would have been more popular and last longer.
Hi guys. I know yesterday was supposed to be exciting because of The 7D having its spotlight at the SDCC along with Penn Zero and looking out for any surprises they could deliver us. But as the day progressed I was actually upset, even though I tried my best not to display my behavior on the posts I made at The 7D fan blog. The reason: Disney XD is still bringing a lot of lot of attention to Star vs. and pandering to its fan base so much they didn’t even bother to give at least equal attention to other animated Disney XD originals, including The 7D. I do like Star, but I care a lot more about The 7D. It means very much to me, and without it I probably wouldn’t be with a lot of wonderful people. And as someone who also liked other Disney XD shows, this is frustrating for a fan like me because I’m fighting for a third season of The 7D as much as fans of Wander Over Yonder are fighting for theirs, and Star vs. is the one show that gets all the attention. Both shows had more stories to tell. As for Atomic Puppet, co-created by a writer on The 7D, Disney XD won’t promote it, too.
Disney is/was at least acknowledging The 7D a few times; a cool tribute video was unveiled at SDCC showing the series paying homages to Disney’s first feature film Snow White and anything else. But I felt that they’re trying to bury the show at the same time knowing that is based on a well-known property that could have gotten a lot of attention. And Disney XD representatives was tweeting from the SvtFoE panel, but nothing out of the Penn Zero/7D panel. That shows a lot. I love Penn Zero and I also feel for it in a similar way, too.
I don’t meant for this to be a rant if you feel this way, but I’m frustrated. I grew up with Disney. I have a lot of the company’s movies as well as owning several soundtracks, some books and collectables. But it’s really unfair of what they’re doing to a show whose characters I can actually relate to for this first time in my life. The 7D is a feel-good comedy; what happened with me last night was forgotten when I watched the latest episode this morning. I have nothing against SvtFoE and its fans, but because of my feelings I don’t think I can watch the show anymore…I don’t know. I’m sorry, guys…
I did a video almost a year ago now about the fantastically interesting Viral Marketing of Gravity Falls. The way that websites, real life events, and now, most notably, #CipherHunt is being used to actively popularize the show again.
Honestly, I wonder if this entire thing isn’t just a ploy to get the little Gravity Falls merchandise out there to sell more, or to grab Disney’s attention for a proper release of the show and for people to rush to buy that, while at the same time being an excuse for the cast and crew of the show to interact with fans again.
Man, I totally forgot that Boom Box Post attended the panel earlier today! I saw their tweet a few days ago that they will go there. During the panel, Parry Gripp gave the audience a surprise performance!
So I can finally announce that I’ve been working on Disney XD’s brand new DUCKTALES series, coming in 2017! It’s been an absolute dream come true working on this amazing show with a crew that LOVES (and in some ways, have been defined by) the original series and comics. And that passion is shining through on every episode.
“But, Frank,” you cry to the heavens, “who the heck do you think you are to be writing DuckTales?!” Some of my credentials:
- DuckTales Theme lyrics were included in my wedding vows.
- My eldest daughter’s first words were “Woo-oo!”
- My first apartment was nicknamed Duckburg.
- Had the “Moon Theme” as my ringtone for five years.
- An almost unreasonable love for all things Barks, Rosa, EU comics, Original Series, and Video Games, as well as the entirety of the Disney Afternoon.
- This photo of me at age 10:
For the record, I wore that on several non-Halloween occasions.
So hang on tight, everybody. Racecars. Lasers. Aeroplanes. It’s gonna be a Duck Blur.
Why Adventure Time declined in popularity, and what aspiring cartoons like Star vs. the Forces of evil need to learn from it.
SeasI feel like Disney’s Star vs the Forces of evil is trying really REALLY hard to capitalize off of the original Adventure Time when it was in it’s hay day. And I worry that perhaps the show writers are underestimating how much people crave and love plot heavy cartoons. I feel like the staff behind SvtFOE believes that Adventure time declined because the show became too plot oriented and focused less on the comedy, but that was never the case, while Adventure time is still very popular, it’s initial popularity declined BECAUSE of the show’s inability to brave out subplots and show changing events. The most notable example of this was Finn’s arm
the show featured a handful of alternate universe/what-if future type epsidoes, and without fail, in EVERY instance of alternative Finn, one arm was missing/modified
After a couple of these instances, fans finally caught on to the pattern and were rapid with theories and head canons, however, many were skeptical that this would be something that the show ever directly referenced, and then, it happened
Season 5 episode 45
blade of grass
in which Finn acquires a cursed grass sword, that can be conjured at will and takes the form of a bracelet around Finn’s arm.
the catch? It can never be detached from Finn’s arm
the fandom was pUMPED, this was the beginning, the show WAS going to explore the destiny of Finn’s arm. Everyone was hyped,
then we got season 6 episode 2, escape from the citadel
This episode was a big deal in and out of fandom for several reasons,
1. It introduced Finn’s biological father, the only other human character at this point on the show.
2. Finn seemingly faced his destiny and lost his arm as foretold in episodes past
3. Finn, an incredibly popular main-stream children’s cartoon character became physically disabled, and was huge as far as representation goes
long stroy short: everyone was losing their minds over this, in and out of fandom, FINALLY the show proved it had to guts to explore status quo changing events, FINALLY, the show proved it could handle seeing a subplot to completion, FINALLY a mainstream beloved children’s cartoon with a disabled main character for kids to look up to!
and then…the unthinkable happened
Season 6 episode 6, Breezy
Not 4 episodes later, and the writing staff had already chickened out and quickly undid all the progress they had achieved, rendering all the foreshadowing and eventual finn-loses-his-arm subplot as pointless
and to top it all off, the episode highly implies that LSP rapes Finn
needless to say, everyone was pissed, both at the episode, and the show in general, for such a cowardly cop out, and it is still regarded as one of the worst episodes of the show, and the landmark that made a lot of people give up on the series
A direct parallel can be made between the Finn arm subplot on Adventure time, and the Toffee anti-imperialism subplot on Star vs the forces of evil
Look! He’s already missing an appendage!
Like Adventure time and it’s undertones of Nuclear holocaust, Star vs the forces of evil has a ‘to kill a mockingbird’-esq undertone of racial segregation, all from the perspective of the sheltered child of the leaders of the racist society. While only a side character, Toffee (alligator man above), has quickly become both a fan favorite and the most complex villeins on the show, striking a hannibal lecter-esq balance of politeness and brutality. Unlike the main villain Ludo, Toffee has no interest in taking over the world or gaining power himself, but to simply destroy the titular character’s magic wand
this has lead to 2 popular character interpretations, Toffee is a chaotic Joker like character who seeks mindless destruction and anarchy, and the other, Toffee is a political revolutionist, with the destruction of the royal family wand being a metaphor for the destruction of the imperialistic monarchy.
So, this all sounds well and good, interesting setup for conflicts, episode themes, and perhaps a prince zuko-esq redemption
However, out of the 24 episodes in the first season, only 2 really touch upon this subplot, and given how Disney treated it’s other series that tried to strike a balance between plot and comedy
I wouldn’t get hopes up for anything quite the levels of Steven Universe from this show. The only other plot-heavy cartoon Disney has featured thus far was Gravity Falls
and while that show ended on it’s own, it was also insanely popular, to the point Disney begged the show creator Alex Hirsch to continue it. With direct competition from the already established, insanely popular Steven universe, another American take on the magical girl genre, I fear that if SVTFOE doesn’t learn, and learn quickly from other cartoons past mistakes, that it won’t survive long