My favorite time of the year...

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Posted by Charles on November 19, 1999 at 00:28:55:

The holidays are nice, and the change of seasons. But when an animated film is number one at the US box office, that's a season I'm always up for.

It's fair to speculate that "Toy Story" 2 will follow suit.

The animated art form will continue to rule in media. AtomFilms acquired PixelWave and is making plans to become Atom Studios, a "next generation entertainment studio" that will be focusing on Flash and streaming media animated series.

Nickelodeon Online announced the premiere of a new Nickelodeon "channel" on Apple's QuickTime TV (QTV), a "leader on the Internet for web based video and audio."

The path in new media is getting bigger with each passing day. The more entertainment moves into it, the more opportunities open up. The kind of opportunities that traditional media could never really offer except to a select few.

Fronts posing as "studios" that work on a broker system as I previously described earlier, are finding it harder and harder to justify their own existence. Some typical know-nothing executive managers are cutting back on pre-production staffs so much, they're using only one character designer and one background designer per series with harsh deadlines that are impossible to meet without sacrificing a basic quality standard. To top it off, they refuse to pay overtime or to freelance the work out.

Oh, yes! They're going to be successful! Their clients will just love the finished product and audiences everywhere will flock to watch the show! Keep it up, fellas. You're making it that much easier to compete with you. The only ones left to cut are yourselves.

There are a lot of things rapidly changing in entertainment. It's going to be interesting to see what evolves. Through all the change, there will be a constant - the power of the animated medium and the need for artists to produce it.

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