Re: Bang for the buck

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Posted by Jon's Friend on April 01, 2000 at 11:23:00:

In Reply to: Re: Bank for the buck posted by Jon on March 31, 2000 at 09:34:27:

: : You get what you pay for.

: : Which has the best animation: A $500,000 Startoon, or two $250,000 cartoons by Akom?

: Thank you for your sentiment.

: But do you think PBS - or ANY of the Powers That Be - gives a rip about "quality"?

Re: PBS, see cshoe's March 31 post, above. What's stopping you from going to, and getting financing from, the same corporate sponsors that PBS has? What's stopping you from getting enough financial backing from these sponsors to pay for quality animation? Are you willing to concede to your competitors -- such as Nelvana -- that they can market themselves as a superior production entity than Startoons? Are you going to concede that your competitors offer superior programming alternatives? That they have better business people that continually sell shows for them? And with the Internet and direct-to-video marketing, what's stopping you from being a Power That Be?

: I mean, how did Beavis & Butthead, or South Park, get on the air? Lack of style is becoming a FEATURE of today's popular shows.

So you would give up striving for quality?

Today's popular shows are tomorrow's memories. Remember HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE? TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES? Popular in their day, and now they're gone. Yet Looney Tunes, Tom & Jerry and Disney 'toons are still going strong. Think long term, not short term. Quality endures.

: "Quality" is taking on mystical properties, like truth and love ... what IS "quality"?

Well, I thought it was the difference between a Startoon and an Akom 'toon.

: Another thing: don't be too smug about Americans being "superior" even if we CAN define quality. The dummies who send them the work are the same ones to whom they have to answer. I have no doubt they could do better work if they were allowed to - know what I'm saying?

No. Are you saying overseas artists are not doing their best to improve their skills and keep the jobs they have?

: In the mean time, we American animators are not in a position to be smug, because they're getting all the work.

Only if we let them. Have you not pitched to PBS? Can you not demonstrate that you can do superior work to your competitors? Can you not get multiple sponsors to finance your programming?

: We have to figure out why, and then do something about it.

Absolutely, Jon. And I hope Startoons will continue to stand for quality animation.

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