Creator Spotlight: Lauren Faust

Creator Spotlight: Lauren Faust

Blog, Creator Spotlight, Uncategorized
The Nickelodeon Animation Podcast is a phenomenal resource for anyone who would like to learn about the animation industry from established creatives. Each episode features known professionals, whether it be directors, producers, storyboard artists, animators, or voice actors, to share their personal insights related to their involvement of some capacity within the animation production pipeline. This podcast is a gem to anyone who is looking to pursue a career in animation, or even to those who are only slightly interested in animation as a form of storytelling. The inspiration for this article is owed to Episode 18 of the Nickelodeon Animation Podcast featuring the infamous producer, writer, and storyboard artist, Lauren Faust.   Lauren Faust is an incredible woman. She has worked on the Powerpuff Girls, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends,…
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Watching Animation Critically.

Watching Animation Critically.

Blog, Critical Discussions, Featured Posts
Progressive. Deep. Intriguing. Complex. These words are not often associated with Americanized animation.   In most cases, cartoons are presented as naïve works that double as a stand-in babysitter for young children. Animation is historically not meant to be taken seriously. But I believe that all media content that we are exposed to should be approached at least partially from a critical perspective. We should analyze the content that we consume, whether it be music, television, film, or video games, as each of these cannot escape socialized structures that we live within—and in many cases, are desensitized to. The reason why animation, along with other media, should be viewed critically is because they are created within structures that both emphasize and reflect our daily lives. As a result, many animated…
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Hidden Gems: Delta State

Hidden Gems: Delta State

Blog, Cartoons, Hidden Gems, Reviews
What if you were able to lucid dream on command? What if you tapped into a realm of the subconscious every time you did so? And what if skilled mind hitmen were attempting to control the human psyche by entering this realm?   Delta State is a Canadian animated series that premiered on Teletoon in 2004. It has one season of 26 episodes that completes an entire story arch, with plans for a second season being denied the chance to see the light of day due to low ratings. The series didn't attract a huge audience, possibly, because of it's unorthodox animation style, compelling storyline, and Canadian origin. But the main culprit for its unfortunate cancellation (based on keen detective skills) is over the fact that Delta State was simply too…
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