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 OPERATION: SATURDAY MORNING CARTOONS!!!

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As you may have heard, the CW11 is gonna cancel the block Vortexx, to make way for live-action family content.  What some of you may not be aware of is that this will mark the end of Saturday morning cartoons on basic broadcast television for the first time in DECADES!  Sure, a lot of the shows through the years were poorly done, but a lot of them I also really enjoyed and they contribute to a huge part of my childhood memories.  With the block being canceled, and with the news that The Hub Network is changing from a channel into only a 6-hour block in the middle of the day, animation on TV is undergoing yet another severe loss of exposure to the country.

So I postulate an idea I developed with dtoons.  The following isn’t anything official.  I am only striving to spread the IDEA of this around, to get you guys talking, and so you can form your own idea about what it can become.

What if there was a place online that showed original 1-minute-long animations, made by indie animators, of original creations, on a half-hour show… that would ONLY be seen on a lifestream on Saturday mornings??  It will be Operation: SMC!  

- a video site online would host 1 half-hour per weekend on Saturday morning.  
- each episode would be comprised of around 10-20 animated shorts from online animators.
- each short will span all animation mediums, narrative or musical video, with the only requirement being that they must be kid-friendly and give the viewer a feeling of the old Saturday morning viewing experience from childhood.  Video game-inspired stories, superheroes, 8-bit animation, stop-motion block animation, music videos, review shows, edutainment segments, etc, will be welcome!
- some of them will be an on-going series, but only one episode of a given series will show at least per week.  If the creator cannot for whatever reason make the weekly deadline all the time, other animators will reschedule their episodes to be shown those weeks in place of that.
- they would premiere them in the form of a livestream event with a chat that people can use to share their opinions watching them.
- commercials can air that advertise little known indie artists work like web comics, print comics, and other pieces of art!
- the same half-hour would repeat a few hours later for those who slept in or couldn’t watch the first stream.
- After a while, each half-hour episode of the anthology series would be reuploaded to a channel in regular YouTube videos, so anyone can watch them whenever they want.
- The episodes can optionally contain a host who is a talking TV.  The bumps will also have other Saturday morning cartoon elements like a cereal bowl or breakfast food, etc.
- When it gets more successful, they can save money to make a second animated half-hour show aimed at adults, livestreaming at a later time on Saturday.

So it will be sort of like mtvhits in the form of a show for children.  Or anthology shows like Kablam!, only online, or what cartoonhangover does! only for a livestream event!  TV networks constantly need to take animation off blocks just when more animation premieres, because animation is expensive, and a network budget cannot sustain too much for so long.  I’m not thinking of too much work.  A minute or less per episode for one creator isn’t a whole lot, and with the advent of online hubs, more profitable opportunities will appear.  

Anyone with new ideas for this can suggest them here!  Also, spread this around on other places online so producers can see it and get their own ideas going! So what do you all think

Signal boosting this cool idea.

Also don’t forget that we’re releasing an episode all about celebrating Saturday morning cartoons next week.

This has potential!

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I decided to revisit Freddie’s design. I messed with the colors, so his hair doesn’t look quite so eggnog anymore. Plus now his hair makes sense. I think it’s the best match I’ve made between the voice on the soundtrack and the image in my head. 
What do you chess people think?

I decided to revisit Freddie’s design. I messed with the colors, so his hair doesn’t look quite so eggnog anymore. Plus now his hair makes sense. I think it’s the best match I’ve made between the voice on the soundtrack and the image in my head. 

What do you chess people think?

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I just finished reading the Five Ancestors book series. It’s a wonderful story set in 17th century china about resilient children Kung Fu masters who are thrust out into the world when their temple is destroyed. These books literally don’t pull any punches, and when bad things happen, there are consequences. Plus, the author is an actual Kung Fu black belt, so he’s very descriptive with the fight sequences. This thing should have been a graphic novel or something. I don’t want to spoil anything but if you see these books, read them. 

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Anonymous asked: So if we wanted to watch some French animation, what films would you suggest?

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the Triplets of Belleville is about an elderly woman searching for her son who was kidnapped in the middle of a Tour de France race. It’s largely free of dialogue, but the sound effects and such are wonderful. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature—it lost to Finding Nemo.

A Cat in Paris is about a young girl and her cat who discover mysteries in the course of one night. It was also nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Feature, but it lost to Rango.

Persepolis is based on an autobiographical graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi about her early life in Iran. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, but it lost to Ratatouille.

the Illusionist is about an aging magician and an imaginative young girl who form a father/daughter relationship. It was also nominated for a Best Animation Oscar, but lost to Toy Story 3.

The Rabbi’s Cat is a story about a cat who swallows a parrot and gains the ability to speak like a human. It is set in 1920’s Algeria.

Ernest & Celestine is the adorable story about a big bear and a little mouse who forge an unlikely friendship. It was also nominated for an Oscar in Best Animated Picture, but lost to Frozen.

Kirikou and the Sorceress is a story inspired by West African folklore that tells the story of Kirikou, a boy who was born with the ability to walk and talk, who saves his people from an evil witch. The film was popular enough to spawn sequels and a stage adaptation.

A Monster in Paris is a 3D animated musical film that is reaaaaalllly loosely based on the Phantom of the Opera. It’s set in 1910 and is about, surprisingly, a monster that lives in Paris, and his love for a young singer.

The King and the Mockingbird is an 80’s film about a cruel king titled Charles V + III = VIII + VIII = XVI, who is obsessed with a young shepherdess, and whose attempts to capture the young girl are thwarted by a mockingbird whose wife the King had previously killed.  

Those are probably the most famous of the feature length animated films.

But the animated short films are just as glorious. Here’s a compilation of a bunch of short films and I can link you to others as well. 

Sorry for the long answer but I just really love French animation.

Reblogging over here. French animation tends to do better with diversity than Disney does, hahaha.

These are very incomplete descriptions of these films, but the films themselves are quite lovely. The King and the Mockingbird was actually begun in the 40s, and had one of those production hell type backstories so it wasn’t finished until the 80s. But it’s a wonderful surrealist film and it was a big influence for Hayao Miyazaki. 

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this is my favourite version you cant stop me

THIS IS GREAT BECAUSE THIS IS WHAT WOULD IT WOULD HAVE ACTUALLY SOUNDED LIKE FROM LIKE— ELSE’A PERSPECTIVE OR SOME TINY UNNOTICEABLE FAIRY THAT MAKES NO SOUND 
REMEMBER, WHEN DISNEY CHARACTERS BURST OUT INTO SONG THEY DONT HEAR THE MUSIC, JUST THEM AND WHATS HAPPENING AROUND THEM 
AND THIS REALLY PUTS INTO PERSPECTIVE JUST HOW 
fucking weird these assholes are i mean like seriously what the fuck 

me doing chores

But there is a superior version

Oh yes.

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The Arbiter
I revised the design a bit. I threw in Marti Pellow’s purple shirt and played with the colors some. I’m showing him here from both sides so you can see his opposing colors.
Perhaps I made him a tad too devilish looking here. My sister said he looks like an 80s cartoon villain. I think it suits him. 

The Arbiter

I revised the design a bit. I threw in Marti Pellow’s purple shirt and played with the colors some. I’m showing him here from both sides so you can see his opposing colors.

Perhaps I made him a tad too devilish looking here. My sister said he looks like an 80s cartoon villain. I think it suits him. 

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Yet more Chess sketches
These are more recent, so the faces are more solid.
I forget how much everyone yells in this musical. It’s kind of two hours of everyone saying they hate each other, with brief interludes from arbiters, merchandisers, and embassy members. Why do I like it then? It’s hard to say. Maybe it’s good singers or the character archetypes/dynamics/some artsy nonsense but I enjoy it. 
Hooray for appropriately angry Florence! And Freddie, Svetlana, and Anatoly are coming together!

Yet more Chess sketches

These are more recent, so the faces are more solid.

I forget how much everyone yells in this musical. It’s kind of two hours of everyone saying they hate each other, with brief interludes from arbiters, merchandisers, and embassy members. Why do I like it then? It’s hard to say. Maybe it’s good singers or the character archetypes/dynamics/some artsy nonsense but I enjoy it. 

Hooray for appropriately angry Florence! And Freddie, Svetlana, and Anatoly are coming together!

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