So.. I made these a while back when Rouge One was announced, I was a bit salty that there were no black or poc female characters in this movie or any of the Star Wars movies… so I took it on myself to make my own!
No offense to Jyn Erso, or any of the other female mains, but its getting kind of repetitive…
Waiting for to the new page, I public an image made a few days ago (before the game of flag’s episode) inspired by a dream I had.
In my dream Star decided to leave because it was too dangerous for the safety of Marco and his family! I don’t remember well all the dream, but at some point the two have some kind of dispute, and Star, angry for this, goes out into the garden. It starts to rain, they finally stop fighting, and Marco says that words!
Who knows! It could become an interesting starting point for the storytelling of my fancomic! I love rain scene: it make me so melancholy ;u;
Luke Skywalker has vanished. In his absence, the sinister FIRST ORDER has risen from the ashes of the Empire and will not rest until Skywalker, the last Jedi, has been destroyed. With the support of the REPUBLIC, General Leia Organa leads a brave RESISTANCE. She is desperate to find her brother Luke and gain his help in restoring peace and justice to the galaxy. Leia has sent her most daring pilot on a secret mission to Jakku, where an old ally has discovered a clue to Luke’s whereabouts….
When I first saw the screenshots, I thought it looked like it was the type of kids cartoon that (for once) was better suited for kids. Maybe not teaching them to count, but around that level.
I thought the reason I’d never seen it paraded around the internet like The Loud House was because it was a Nick Jr. show (or close to it)
Then, after hearing something, I watched an episode and HOH MY GOODNESS.
My expectations, yo. They gone.
And I should’ve expected that, shouldn’t I? Even simple, slice-of-life shows like Wander Over Yonder, The Amazing World of Gumball, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, and The Loud House have captured my heart … even despite not tackling the heavier dramatic elements and more explicitly mature subject matter that we usually praise modern cartoons for.
Shows like Steven Universe and Gravity Falls in particular are hailed (and rightly so) for how they handle their subject matter, and usually I can point to that so outsiders can understand why I’d choose to watch cartoons at all.
So … what about the simpler shows?
Granted none of these shows never dive into deeper subjects and more complex plots (even Harvey Beaks, btw), but most of the time, they deal with just … simple slice-of-life stories with a bit of good comedy thrown in.
If these shows are mostly just simple … why do I love them this much? Do I just secretly not value all the more complex plotting and emotions in my other favourite shows, or is there something more to simple than just simple?
Watch the theme song.
Because that theme song is exactly my point.
It’s simple and sweet, but then you break into the wilder drums and it shows off the gorgeous style with drifting particles in the foreground, and ends on a under-stated heartfelt moment with Harvey, Fee, and Foo watching the sunset.
You can use this to tell someone everything they need to know about simpler cartoons
Style and Artistry
There’s something undeniable about that Harvey Beaks art-style. It’s actually a bit of mixed-media– some of the backgrounds built of textures, some more painterly style, but all to contrast the clean, digital look of the characters.
C.H. Greenblat, the creator of Harvey Beaks, also created Chowder (and if you didn’t know that before, I bet it’s making a whole lot of sense now). It’s a unique style for a show– like how the Amazing World of Gumball uses mixed-media to extremes with almost every kind of media you can think of all choreographed together.
See, you can talk about the techniques in depth, or you can admire the visuals without a word. All of my favourite simple shows have distinct and often gorgeous styles that show off colour and expression without a care, and every now and then it makes watching them a marvel in its own right.
Heart and Characters
Oftentimes, you get the best drama out of your favourite story-driven cartoons, but a well-earned moment is a well-earned moment. Even if it’s in a simple story.
And usually to earn a moment, you need good, identifiable characters to earn it with. That’s what we have here. This particular video is all visual, but even then, you can see their characterizations, can’t you?
A moment I especially loved out of this intro is the firefly scene. Their designs tell you a bit about them, and the eye-catching visuals capture what they’re feeling immaculately. Even a simple scene like that, as brief as it was, can give you a strong surge of feels if executed right.
And look, following characters is what other forms of media like the comic industry are based on. It’s what keeps a lot of us coming back week after week to watch silly stories– an undeniable love for (often) extremely loving characters.
Getting to see characters we love in genuine heartfelt moments can be surprisingly addicting (TRUST me), even if that moment and those characters are just occupying a story about to be wrapped up by the end of a half hour or so.
Simple and Sweet
Like I said, with a lot of these shows, you can point to their deeper moments for proof that deserve to be as respected as other modern classics.
Even here, I could’ve been talking about how Harvey Beaks is like a modern Peanuts– with a great sense of humour that’s not afraid to go dark places.
Or how it has dealt with heavier subject matter in a way, and references some really cool stuff– like the two part special SteamPunks that basically has Harvey deal with an old friend of his dad’s telling him, “You’re the reason your dad and I aren’t friends anymore” via steampunk-inspired dream sequence.
Or even little awesome things, like how in the old ‘life-debt’ plot episode [in which character A declares themselves indebted to character B, usually for saving their lives, and now has to be their servant], one of the boys tells his dad he’s going to live with Foo forever now (context: Foo’s a dude) and his dad responds by telling him he’s kinda surprised, but that ‘your parents both support you, and Foo is always welcome by the house.’
All of that stuff is really awesome and enticing, isn’t it? The things we usually like to see in kids cartoons today!
But, even without all that, I’d probably still watch it.
I think what it comes down to most of all is the tone, or really the feeling of the show. Every show has one. And when I watch a show and it makes me feel good and happier and uplifted for having seen it, that’s actually worth a great deal to me.
So, yeah, I’ll take all the mature episodes I can get, but if it’s done right, I’ll still find something to love in the simpler things in life.