Creator Spotlight: Lauren Faust

Creator Spotlight: Lauren Faust

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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.

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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

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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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Canadian Animation: Will it Ever Catch Up?

Canadian Animation: Will it Ever Catch Up?

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Oh, Canada. The land of maple syrup, beavers, and low-quality animated works, apparently.   As a Canadian, it truly pains me to insult my favourite form of entertainment that originates from my very own country. However, Canada isn’t exactly known for being at the frontier of acclaimed animated works. Some examples of these low-rated series include: Johnny Test  Angela Anaconda Jimmy Two-Shoes George of the Jungle Rocket Monkeys   Many American production companies are outsourcing the animation of various television series to Canada (mainly because of its depleting dollar value, which is a selling point to US-based producers). So despite having created less than favorable works, Canada has actually had its hand on the technical animation of some acclaimed titles that are currently on air: Rick and Morty  Bob's Burgers My Little…
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Is Japanese Anime Misogynistic?

Is Japanese Anime Misogynistic?

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Anime has changed the way that many people watch American animation. After being widely-introduced to US cable in 1997 through the beloved Toonami segment of Adult Swim, viewers began to expect more from animation in general. More specifically, they began to crave continuity, overarching plots, and character development. And as the 2010s approached, they began to truly see the impact that the complexity of anime has had on American works.   Adventure Time, Gravity Falls, Voltron: Legendary Defender, Steven Universe, the list goes on.   The new decade raised young creators who grew up watching anime and who genuinely believed that American animation could follow suit in telling deep and intriguing stories.   Japanese animation is treated as an inspiration because it conquers American storytelling and visual quality on many fronts; however, as great…
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Top 10 Female Characters in Animated Television

Top 10 Female Characters in Animated Television

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Western cartoons have come extremely far when compared to a decade ago. 2010 to 2015 has really marked a progressive stage of animation; not only in terms greater complex storytelling elements, but also layered and unproblematic characterization. We are beginning to witness a much more diverse cast of protagonists and supporting characters across many titles. And alongside showcasing diversity in terms of culture and sexuality, the number of well-portrayed female characters is on the rise. So in paying homage to these progressive changes, this post will count down the top female characters of animated television. But before we begin, let's set some ground rules:     This is a completely subjective list created by me, a subjective human. As such, it will only series that I have personally watched in their entirety .…
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Teen Titans GO! Does it Really Deserve all of this Hate?

Teen Titans GO! Does it Really Deserve all of this Hate?

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When you hear the words Teen Titans you probably think of a kick-ass superhero team consisting of an alien, shapeshifter, humanoid robot, half-demon witch, and a regular boy in a mask who, for whatever reason, is unanimously selected to lead the team. In terms of the Teen Titans' place on television, you probably reminisce about the animated series that aired from 2003-2007—a series that is full of action, story, character development, and most importantly, heart.   Many animation enthusiasts who were born in the 90's and raised in the 2000's, remember Teen Titans as one of their favourite animated series growing up. Many have fond memories tied to it that has defined their childhood right alongside the popular titles of Danny Phantom, Kim Possible, Justice League Unlimited, and Avatar: The Last Airbender.  The early-to-mid 2000's didn't showcase anything notable in the world of animation aside…
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The Loud House: A Charming Series About Family

The Loud House: A Charming Series About Family

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Chris Savino and Nickelodeon bring cartoon fanatics alike the hit series The Loud House. With modern animated series about crystal gems protecting Earth, magical princess from alternate dimensions, and ladybug-themed superheroes wielding indestructible yo-yos, it’s oddly refreshing to watch a slice-of life animated series with its simple central premise being life in a large family. The Loud House stars Lincoln Loud, an 11-year-old kid and his daily life in being the only boy in a family of 13. Along with his two parents who are typically faceless characters, Lincoln has five older sisters and five younger, being the exact middle child.   The series has been receiving much praise for its heart and old-school charm. Some vocal animation enthusiasts even go as far as to call it Nickelodeon’s trump card and savior. Although these…
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Milo Murphy’s Law: Character Review

Milo Murphy’s Law: Character Review

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Milo Murphy's Law is a currently-aired Disney Channel Original series by the modern-day kings of Disney Television Animation: Jeff (Swampy) Marsh and Dan Povenmire—none other than creators of Disney's longest-running series Phineas and Ferb (2007-2015). The story centers Milo Murphy and his two close friends Melissa Chase and Zack Underwood. The trio are subject to the Murphy-family Murphy's Law "disorder", in that in the presence of any male from said family, "anything that can go wrong, will go wrong".   This places the three protagonist in the center of some crazy scenarios, with Milo being the driving force behind them. It is set in the same city as Phineas and Ferb, as the creators have mentioned that the Murphy family only lives a few neighborhoods away from the Flynn-Fletchers. As a long-time Phineas and…
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How Anime Has Impacted American Cartoons – Page 4

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Miraculous Ladybug: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir (2015-present) As anime crossed the Pacific into North America, it uncovered the opportunity for viewers to engage in a global community that embraces local cultural differences (Mckevitt 2010); “the case of anime thus serves as one tangible illustration of the impact of cultural globalization on the United States in the last quarter of the twentieth century” (McKevitt, 2010, p. 895). Miraculous Ladybug: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir represents an interesting case of hybridization within the global-televised-animation sector. The series is produced through a partnership between French and Korean animation and production companies. Additionally, it has been licensed to air in the United States by Nickelodeon and in other countries, most prominently by Disney (Xandrellium, 2015). Miraculous Ladybug follows two middle school…
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