Thursday, September 20, 2007

At the Ebb

Talked to an executive at one of the t.v. animation studios today. She told me that her perception was that things are slow just now:

"They're doing some focus groups and trying to figure out what they should greenlight next. The Disney Channel is having good ratings with their new live-action shows and movies."

"So now other studios and cable networks are doing live action shows. Problem is, live-action is real expensive. And who knows how successful other players are going to be with it?"...

I allowed as how it seemed like a risky proposition to me, especially with the WGA and SAG threatening to go on strike in the next few (or several) months. She agreed that there were potential problems.

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I take the long view regarding live-action horning in on kid television. It's just one more fad that will crest, have its crowd of imitators, then recede.

Think about it. When Hanna-Barbera was hot, competitors' shows looked like H-B. When Disney hand-drawn features exploded in the early 1990s, other studios mimicked their style and approach.

In the 21st century, a whole flock of television cartoons have followed the Nicktoons model.

It's like that radio wit Fred Allen said fifty-two years ago:

"Imitation is the sincerest form of television."


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