Re: Todays Times-Calendar Section- here's the link

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Posted by Pam on April 28, 2000 at 18:41:18:

In Reply to: Re: Todays Times-Calendar Section- here's the link posted by Captain Satan on April 26, 2000 at 20:48:08:

: : : : Yes, STORY STORY STORY, Are there no more stories to be told in animation. As being a p/t animation teacher. Students don't want to learn about stories telling in animation. They want to learn how to animate CRAP. As some my students are brainwashed by badly drawn and animated "anime" TV Shows.::

: Methinks you're coming down awfully hard on anime and not hard enough on your students' sense of story-telling.

: _Some_ anime sucks, but if you've actually bothered to watch it, there's some storytelling going on in there that you'll NEVER find on this continent animation-wise. Why? Because Japan doesn't have the hang-up that "animation is just for kids" mentality.

: ::THey don't want to hear about how WHAT IS THE MEANING' behind they trying to animated people trying to kill each other with guns or other weapons.::

: Heh. Some would see that as the joy of animation...IT'S NOT REAL! NO ONE'S ACTUALLY GETTING KILLED. Maybe if you approach their enthusiasm for this sort of thing as a way to get it out of their system, you might get them beyond that phase and into trying to actually communicate an idea.

: :. As for me, I grew up watching Flintstones, the older Disneys films, Tom And Jerry, UPA and many others. So it comes down to trying to teach the principles of animation instead of the SOME of the Students that come in my class Saying I'm going to the greatest ANIME animator alive. But try to tell them that there is no studio in North American that does this style of animation. So I just don't get it. Why is ANIME so pushed in North American.::

: Here's another way to look at it. Why should there only be one or two different styles of animation be done or taught here? What's wrong with being knowledgable about anime, especially when just about every dang TV show is animated in countries where anime is the main style? Look at Powerpuff Girls...that is a distinctive-looking show that incorporates a LOT of anime animation techniques, and makes it work with its UPA-inspired style.

: Just because YOU aren't interested in anime shouldn't mean that your students should be discouraged from learning that style, along with the more "traditional" North American styles.

: Crumbs for thought...

: The Cap'n

Dear Cap'n,
Everyone has their views on eveything. But I guess that there is so much crappy anime. THat my students just can't tell what is good and what is bad.
Look I rather watch Hong Kong Action films etc..John Woo's The Killer or Hardboiled. As in both films that the action scenes are so over done in this way. It's like watchinng what I can live-action cartoons. As in anime the scenes are not stage or storyboard right. AS you can't really tell what the heck are you looking at. You just might not agree with me on this.
But the Powerpuff Girls does work in this way as that the board are stage right for the action with the 3 girls and the style is so UPA.
As for drawing styles of anime.It my personal views on what I Like. I just like to see some of my students to learn how to draw are right in the first place. And alot of anime characters are drawn so ugly and alot of those characters are alway drawn the same. WITH NO APPEAL!!!!!!
So that's all I'm going to say about this.

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