Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Or so a long-time board artist and animation director told me a couple of months back. He works at one of the larger studios... (I even think I mentioned it down below somewhere. But please don't ask me to find it.) His complete comment to me went along the lines of: "Think about it, Steve. EVERY prime time cartoon show that's been successful has been created by an ARTIST. The ones writers have come up with have tanked..." As a long-time animation writer, I was horribly offended. But I'm a politician now, not a shaper of descriptive passages and dialogue, so I smiled and looked agreeable. He rattled off some of the recent animated television shows that have died quick deaths: "God, the Devil, and Bob," "Father of the Pride," and a couple of others. I honestly don't know who created these short-lived t.v. half hours. I know board artists were involved in producing them. I also know that writers under a W.G.A.(w) contract wrote "Bob," and writers under a TAG contract wrote "Pride." As to who created what at their respective births, I haven't a clue. The director went on to cite the artist who created "Family Guy" and "American Dad" (Mr. McFarlane), "The Simpsons" (Mr. Groenig) and "King of the Hill" (Mr. Judge). I know that this is at least partially wrong, because writers were involved as co-creators. Me, I think there's room for both writers and artists in the creation of hit television shows. And I think the evidence my director-friend put forth is at least a little inconclusive. Any opinions on this?
Posted by Steve Hulett at 10:23 PM