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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Anime’s Impact on American Cartoons & Vice Versa

Anime’s Impact on American Cartoons & Vice Versa

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INTRODUCTION The transcultural flow of media content has increased substantially with the rise of the globalized, followed by digitalized, age (Jin, 2011; Thussu, 2007). Ever since the latter half of the 1900s, there has been an upward trend in the amount of traded media content on a global front; however, this trend is often said to be part of a one-way flow that is dominated by American cultural exportation (Thussu, 2007). Although globalization led to a more open distribution structure, scholars argue that this has only allowed the United States to exert even more dominance over the world’s markets—in this case, over the global cultural sector (Jin, 2011; Thussu, 2007). So rather than offering countries the equal opportunity to participate in global trade, Americanization of cultural content has ensued (Jin,…
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My Animated Obsession

My Animated Obsession

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  Animation is everything.   Okay, not entirely, but it definitely means a lot to me and a ton of other people. But what is it exactly about animation that makes it so appealing?   Well, the animation production process literally consists of creating something out of nothing. Creators are only bounded by their imagination, rather than laws of physics or any form of common sense frequently involved in live-action works. The amount of coordination and creativity that this takes is unprecedented. Characters and settings can be dreamt up in any way possible. Just look at the designs of Phineas and Ferb's  protagonists or Star vs. the Forces of Evil's various dimensions.   Rules don't exist.   A character can literally fall off of  cliff that's at least 50 meters high, stand right back up, and it…
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Equestria Girls: Understanding the “My Little Pony” Hype

Equestria Girls: Understanding the “My Little Pony” Hype

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My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic has gained an insane amount of popularity since its release in 2010. With a shocking 143 half-hour episodes (and another 26 scheduled to air starting on April 15th), it's success is among the top of modern-day animation. The My Little Pony franchise began with a toy line in 1981, but expanded into the world of television in 1992. Its target audience has always been young girls; however, the Friendship is Magic series has seemingly opened up brand-new doors in reaching audiences of all genders and ages.   The most interesting element associated with the 2010 reboot, especially to an outsider of the fanbase, are the fandom participants known as "bronies". Urban Dictionary defines this archetype as: "A name typically given to the male viewers/fans (whether they are straight, gay, bisexual,…
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Sym-bionic Titan: Why Merchandising and Quality Animation Don’t Mix

Sym-bionic Titan: Why Merchandising and Quality Animation Don’t Mix

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Sym-bionic Titan is a series that was unfortunately cancelled before it even had a chance to establish itself in the world of animated television. Created by the legendary Genndy Tartakovsky, who is also responsible for bringing us Dexter's Laboratory  and Samurai Jack, the series was extremely promising. But because it only lived through a short 20-episode run, it wasn't able to establish a strong enough fan base to successfully protest its demise.   The series centers a princess (Ilana) and her two guardians (Lance and Octus) who witness the hostile takeover of their home planet, so flee to Earth for the sake of Ilana's safety. In appearing very human-like, posing as a family to hide in plain sight is the move they decide to make. What drives the series is that these alien characters are borne warriors who can each…
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Star & Marco’s Guide to Mastering Every Dimension: Animation & Book Publishing

Star & Marco’s Guide to Mastering Every Dimension: Animation & Book Publishing

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Book publishing appears to be moving in an upwards trend in relation to animated television. In selling merchandise, but doing so in a "sophisticated" way, book publishing seems to carry more of a favorable connotation than toy production. Star Vs. the Forces of Evil has recently released the published title Star and Marco's Guide to Mastering Every Dimension, and in being willing to turn away children's merchandising in favor of published works implies that the creators are targeting a slightly older audience- in terms of both tangible and intangible material.   Lets discuss something important before moving on with this topic: Is producing merchandise for animated television series a thoughtless move? As I mentioned in the post about the commodification of female empowerment in animation, this isn't necessarily an issue: In order to create content…
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Star Vs. The Forces of Evil: Emotions Done Right

Star Vs. The Forces of Evil: Emotions Done Right

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  With only a couple days left until Star vs. the Forces of Evil's season-2 finale, the downpour of episodes we've been spoiled with leading to this two-part television event has come with many interesting revelations. Plot development and character growth are two significant features of the series that places it in the high-quality & must-watch television categories. Season one only began to find its footing towards its last few episodes, but season two has proven itself to be exceptionally enjoyable, to the point where any viewer uncertainty that came about in season one is long forgotten.   As a character, Star has gone through a large amount of change. At the beginning of the series she was simply a naive and destructive princess battling ill-equipped and incompetent monsters. Now she is a queen-to-be who…
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Star vs. The Forces of Evil Review: Raid the Cave & Baby

Star vs. The Forces of Evil Review: Raid the Cave & Baby

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The first two weeks of the Starbomb have been incredible. We've never received this many high-quality episodes of Star vs. The Forces of Evil in such a short period of time. Just so you're all up to speed, Dinsey XD is airing new episodes of the series every Monday-Thursday for the entire month of February. Its final air date is on Monday, February 27th, which will consist of two half-hour episodes- the final one being the season 2 finale.   So far, the first two weeks have given us the episodes:     Raid the Cave Trickstar Baby Running with Scissors Mathmagic The Bounce Lounge Crystal Clear The Hard Way     These episodes are amazing! We've been spoiled with huge doses of insight, growth, and plot development- arguably more than any grouping…
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