The Life & Times of an Auteur.

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

And This Is Why His Shows Are the Best


11 comments:

  1. I'd love to see kid comedies with story arcs. I mean seriously, why not an animated comedy that balances both jokes and stories really well?

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    1. I would say My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic provides a lot of long-term character growth and development. It's not to everyone's taste (Greg B. has said he's not a fan), but it does have muted story arcs underneath an episodic structure. Characters generally learn from their mistakes and do not repeat them in future episodes. Oddly, it's structure reminds me of Cowboy Bebop, in that each episode tells a reasonably complete tale and develops one or two characters, but every now and then major events bubble to the surface.

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    2. True that about the well done structure of that show, but the quality is questionable. A show about ponies is certainly no Weisman show, or even Cowboy Bebop.

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    3. Adventure Time and Gravity Falls come to mind.

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  2. He makes a good point, though B:TAS handled the single episode format brilliantly (just saying...).

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    1. Yeah, but did those characters really evolve?

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    2. True, I guess they didn't to the extent seen in shows like Young Justice. There was plenty of depth to the heroes and villains, but maybe not the sort of development that would alter the status quo (other than the transition to TNBA).

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  3. This isn't really related to the post, but given how much of fan Weismen you are, have you ever checked out his run on Captain Atom?

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    1. I've read some. I'd like to read more.

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    2. You ever plan on making any blog posts about it, since that run doesn't seem nearly as well-known as the TV shows he's worked on.

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