Fair warning: there is some slight language in this post.
My name is Jonathan Ponikvar. I’m the creator of Peter & Company and an avid cartoon fan; I have been trying (successfully or not) to draw them since I first discovered the magic of crayons and markers. Like most kids in the 80’s I grew up watching a crazy amount of cartoons. My favorites were the cartoons and films of Warner Brothers, Disney, and Don Bluth, so my earliest and crappiest of doodles always revolved around those characters in some way.
As I grew older and began seriously getting into cartooning, I noticed something odd going on around me: the cartoon animal was quickly becoming an endangered species. The animal designs of the 80’s and 90’s TV cartoons were being seen less and less in modern times within the industries that they helped create.
How could this happen? Are people just no longer interested in funny talking animals?
Artwork by Betsy
In honor of Sailor Moon Crystal and the announcement of the new dub cast for the 90s anime, I asked Betsy to do Usagi’s cat mentor, Luna, in her own style. I also asked her to think of Luna as a big sister to Usagi and ignore the fact that the 90s dub gave her the voice of a British nanny.
Duet - Glen Keane
In this episode we explore the Women as Background Decoration trope which is the subset of largely insignificant non-playable female characters whose sexuality or victimhood is exploited as a way to infuse edgy, gritty or racy flavoring into game worlds. These sexually objectified female bodies are designed to function as environmental texture while titillating presumed straight male players. Sometimes they’re created to be glorified furniture but they are frequently programmed as minimally interactive sex objects to be used and abused.
Full transcript, links and resources available at FeministFrequency.com
I know she is controversial but she has a point. Can we see prostitutes that are actual characters and not an excuse to get sex as an achievement? -_-
Miyazaki Fujiko is the best Fujiko. :D
drawn by @sashmorky, who has been an inspiration for years
I love how the left side says that it is a “cute CGI character”. That means this isn’t a 2D Purist whining about computer animation, but rather it is saying that films like “The Smurfs” make the mistake of giving realistic textures to otherwise cartoony characters. This makes them look creepy and unappealing.
I can agree with this comparison 100%. I have seen the Owly CGI shorts at comic conventions and those work because the textures are as simple as the cute character designs. Also, say what you will about how Disney designs CGI humans, but at least they don’t feel the need to give them skin pores. I guess my point in all this is that CGI can be just as appealing as hand drawn animation. It’s all in how go about executing it that can cause problems.