Re: Pokemon: The $50 Million Debut

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Posted by Matt Sullivan on November 15, 1999 at 04:18:09:

In Reply to: Pokemon: The $50 Million Debut posted by Paul on November 14, 1999 at 17:02:30:

Just because one Kid-oriented show becomes a hugely profitable franchise doesnt mean everybody is going to jump on the bandwagon, nor will it mean the death of more adult projects. Most studios, (EVEN Disney with Atlantis) are moving towards more adult oriented fare. Ask the people at 20th Century Fox, who have an exciting lineup of films due to follow TITAN A.E., and most if not all are heavily adult themed. My personal ambition is to develop films that DO NOT cater to anyone in particular. I just want to make GOOD, ORIGINAL, ENTERTAINING films that EVERYONE could go see, adults and children alike. Think back to films like Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, My neighbor totoro( which was very adult oriented no matter how cute the Totoro were drawn.) The Iron Giant is a PERFECT example of the kind of films I think most studios should try to develop. I think too many people try to focus on strictly kids or strictly adult themed films.
And of course "Rugrats" was destined to make a lot of money. Up until Pokemon came along, Rugrats was the No.1 cartoon in America. Every kid knew all about it, just as they now know the names of all 150 Pokemon.( 151 with Mew, who was my favorite character in the movie because he didn't say much)( Yes I did see the movie, and yes it was pretty bad, but if you know that it's just Pokemon and you don't hold it up to any standards going in there you might actually enjoy it. )I for one would love to learn to draw those killer blue "Psychic effects" That in and of itself was more fascinating than the "plot".

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