Friday, March 22, 2013

Back From the Dead?

Walking through Warner Bros. Animation, things are quiet at present. There's been lots of lay offs, and a bunch of television series aren't happening anymore. Looney Tunes. Green Lantern. Young Justice. But maybe there's life in the old cartoon studio yet.

COULD YOUNG JUSTICE AND GREEN LANTERN THE ANIMATED SERIES RETURN AS CROWDFUNDED PROJECTS?!

Today two separate crowd funding entries for both shows popped up. The purpose? If enough votes are had, then the next step would be crowdfunding. ...

Entries from recently canceled animated shows Young Justice and Green Lantern: The Animated Series have shown up. If both get 2,500 votes, then the funding process will go forward. ...

As of this article being written, Young Justice is at 32% and Green Lantern: The Animated Series is at 8.2%. ... [T]hese campaigns appear to be, if not backed by Warner Brothers, at least cleared by them. ...

I would imagine Warner Bros. might be receptive to fans underwriting all or part of the company's intellectual property. It ain't a direct state subsidy, but its the next best thing.

3 comments:

Pete Emslie said...

I'm not going to mince words here - Crowdfunding is such a scam. Especially in a case like this where a huge movie studio swimming in money is expecting the fans to put up their dough to make something happen. What will the fans get in return? Maybe some cheap trinket, nothing more.

If you're putting up money to back the creation of something, you should be able to then benefit from its success. That's called investing. This crowdfunding nonsense is killing the whole tradition of being an investor, and only the recipient of those charitable dollars stands to gain anything in the long term. What an idiotic society we now live in.

Tom Ruegger said...

Regarding a product from a big studio like Warner Bros., I agree wholeheartedly with Pete Emslie -- do not give these huge corporations money to make movies or shows that will simply make them more money. Helping a struggling new filmmaker to finance his dream movie is another matter...but if you help finance something, no matter what it is, you should get a piece of the profits if profits every happen.

Bob Harper said...

I agree with you Tom - so many independent guys whoa re continuously being blocked by the studios are now finding new life in Kickstarter. John K. Ralph Bakshi and Bill Plympton just to name a few.

I believe there is legislation to allow "donors" for these kind of sites to become investors with shares and so forth in the product. To me that is potential for a greater scam. As it stands now, donors know exactly what they are going to get in exchange for their funds and they decide if it is worth it.

It's really a form of democratic programming by the audience who are now having a hand in what gets seen.

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