Out of curiosity, how were you able to mix live-action with digital animation so well? I understand how it works, but I don't understand how it...*works* if you get what I'm saying.
I guess you mean Earworm ! Thank you for you kind words! it was a bit of a challenge and there’s so much i could improve, but i’m pretty proud of the outcome In general: knowing there’s gonna be a character there we first practiced having the actress act as if there was a creature there (she did a fantastic job) and design the frames to have room for such a character.
In post, i animated using video and screenshots imported to my flash file, to know exactly where my character should be in relation to Sabrina.
In some scene where there’s a moving camera after effects professionals helped with their after effects magic.
The most impressive and hard to make was the scene jel is tied up to the chair. we used a small green pillow to have volume against the ropes, and green so the AE person could green-screen it out. Later, AE person had to make sure sabrina is in front of jel. This proved as problematic since her hair was hard to mask out with built in AE effect. So the genius cut apart some of her hairs and “animated” them back on. It’s hardly noticeable. So proud of her
Lemme just start off by saying 2010 was a great year in animated shows. Unreal great. Like, seriously.
To put this in perspective, about 2007-2009 wasn’t a stellar time for animated shows. The best one by far was Phineas and Ferb, and maybe … El Tigre (which had so much personality andlife, but I haven’t seen since it aired so I can’t tell you how it holds up), but there wasn’t a lot of new stuff that lived up to the top contender.
Also important to remember is that in 2009, Cartoon Network briefly went insane and wanted to transition to more live-action shows or live-action/animation mixed like Out of Jimmy’s Head. None of these really held my attention, and it took airtime from the cartoons that could’ve come out.
We also could point out that Nickolodeon was well on its way to airing basically only Spongebob and Fairly Odd Parents forever amen (as much as I love those shows).
Disney Channel hosted P&F, but other than that, pickings were getting slim.
So, realizing that, you’ve gotta understand how remarkable it is that we were getting so many good shows all at once again! It was unreal!
But it didn’t stop there, not even for a year.
2011 gave us families.
2012 gave us blends of story and comedy.
2013 gave us stellar characters in interstellar adventures (also the Mickey Mouse shorts, but that might not count).
2014 gave us surprises.
2015 gave us heart.
And this year? A return to form. What with the Loud House finally breaking Nickelodeon’s streak of poor nicktoons, Voltron keeping the action cartoon alive from the Avatar team we love, and the upcoming Milo Murphy’s Law from the creators of Phineas and Ferb.
There’s also shows like Mighty Magiswords and Long Live the Royals on the way that could just as easily make this list.
So the question remains. What the hell happened in 2010?
Well, I don’t know what caused all this, but I’ll tell you what happened.
Sym-Bionic Titan happened on Cartoon Network’s Toonami. And nobody told me.
When I stumbled on it way after the fact, I thought I remembered seeing something like that advertised when I was a kid. You know, early 2000s action show. I figured it got lost in the Beyblades, Ben 10s, and Yu-gi-Oh ripoffs, and I could at least make peace with that.
But then I find out this aired just a few years ago and I’m shit-pissed. aND MY OWN BEST FRIEND APPARENTLY WATCHED IT AND NEVER?? TOLD?? ME??
how dare you I instantly forgive you.
What I’m getting at is this is a high quality show. Really high quality.
The basic premise is summed up best here:
The three main characters include Ilana, princess of the royal family; Lance, a rebellious but capable soldier; and Octus, a bio-cybernetic robot, all of whom must now blend into everyday life in Sherman, Illinois. Posing as high school students, Lance and Octus work to conceal Princess Ilana from General Modula and his hideous space mutants sent to kill the sole heir of Galaluna.
When called into battle, the Galalunans are outfitted with individual armor that provides more than ample protection. It is when the gravest of danger appears that Octus activates the sym-bionic defense program and he, Ilana, and Lance unite “Heart, Body and Mind” and come together to form the spectacular cyber-giant Sym-Bionic Titan.
If that sounds great, it absolutely is. The characters are well-devloped, the story is front and center, there’s continuity between episodes– everything we’ve come to love in some of our modern favourites. So, my point is … why the hell was this left out of the cartoon revolution?
Well … honestly, I can’t figure it out. Advertising? Not enough cross-promotion in the daytime? Weak word of mouth? It’s certainly nothing the show did wrong.
Why Watch It?
Reason 1: HOLY SHIT, IT HAS A STORY
I’m not gonna spoil much more than the summary, but despite the fact that it takes place on Earth for the most part and focuses on week to week stories, the overall story is very much in the forefront at all times– and you know how rare that is even for shows that do story well.
Reason 2: HOLY SHIT, IT HAS GREAT CHARACTERS
I’ll let you discover them for yourself, it’s too much of a treat, but I’ll just say, you might fall in love. Again.
Oh, and Voltron fans?
We found their son.
Reason 3: This Guy
So, even if you’re too young for some of these, you might’ve heard something called Samuri Jack is getting a fifth season after 10 years … and it’s going to be on Adult Swim.
Yeah, it’s gonna be badass.
The important part to all this is that this dude does awesome design, awesome shows, and if you have respect for any of these properties, you know you’re in for a good time.
Which leads me to
Reason 4: The Animationjfsfksnfksafafsj
Between the lighting and the angular designs, I just don’t know what to do with myself. Is bootiful.
Watch the first few minutes there. You see what I mean, right?
Reason 5: It Deserved Better
We’ve championed so many great shows in the past few years, but for whatever reason, we missed one. A great one at that. If you have any love for the shows I listed, I highly recommend you give it a chance. Who knows? You might just find another favourite.
It looks like Mon Mothma is wearing a simplified tabard variant of her Revenge of the Sith robes over a jumpsuit or leggings (the side fastenings of the tabard may be concealing a waistline, but Rebels is very pro-jumpsuit.)
Ceremonial but practical, this is a neat way of maintaining Mothma’s air of dignified authority whilst logically placing her mid-action. I believe that by this point Mon Mothma will have left/fled the Imperial Senate, so this look is very much a statement of intent that she is continuing her role as senator and representative of Chandrila, even as she is fully and openly wearing the role of Alliance leader. A militant adoption (arguably along similar lines to the influences of Padme’s Mustafar costume.) This is also another case of adaptation of costume from one medium to another: live action to animation. And within that, the fairly rigid aesthetic of Rebels which is made of clean simple silhouettes, leaning towards the utilitarian.
Anyways since I’m still upset about Tiana how about the fact that she’s the only Disney Princess since Aurora to literally only have one animated feature centered on her? Besides a 3-5 minute cameo on Sofia The First, Tiana has not been seen in any other animation (or live action for that matter).
Aurora had a straight-to-video short
Cinderella and Belle had multiple tv/straight-to-video movies
Ariel and Jasmine both had multiple movies and TV series based on their movies
Mulan and Pocahontas both got (admittedly bad) animated sequels
Rapunzel had an animated short and is getting a tv series, and I don’t even have to mention Anna and Elsa’s copious media.
They literally??? Could have addressed all the issues they had with the first movie (displaying their leads of color as frogs ¾ths of the movie, Tiana having to work during the entire thing, her hair never being out, etc) with a short, tv movie, or a series
I think my favorite thing about lazytown (minus sportarobbie) is that it’s live action. I’m an animation geek, but there is something irreplaceably wonderful about just how Magnus scheving is actually that fit. Like he can just actually effortlessly lift stefan Karl and do a ton of back flips and shit.
“I’m sick of this live action remake trend. I feel like it’s saying that
animated films are exclusively for kids and the only way to get a more
“mature” audience is to make it live action with a ton of special
effects. Animation is for everyone! If only the media understood that.”
The live-action Beauty and the Beast teaser poster has arrived! As you can see above, the similarities in the poster is very similar to the poster for the 1991 animated film. This seems like a sign that the film will do it’s best to remember it’s roots while retelling the store in a different format.