Tuesday, April 04, 2006

New Show Based On Children's Book Just Like Old Shows Based On Children's Books

BlamZone Animation has announced another 26 episode animated show based on Fred Crimpen's somewhat popular children's book "Rabbits Ahoy!"

After a number of shows produced by Blamzone in the mid nineties failed to catch on with audiences, the company, on the verge of bankruptcy, decided to entertain original pitches.
Blamzone producer Sheryl Tooker elaborates: "There was a scary period where we were bombarded by crazy creatives offering up shows like a child who gets his wishes granted by fairy godparents, and a talking kitchen sponge that lives in a pineapple, of all things! We at BlamZone were relieved when the CEO finally decided to stop experimenting, and retreat into the warm safety of adapting another children's book."

"Rabbits Ahoy" has been a brisk seller amongst gift-giving grandparents, school librarians, and is a regular selection in the "Pediatrician and Dentist Periodical Purchasing Society" catalogue. The series will feature characters who appeared in other Crimpen adaptations. Said Tooker: "With a children's book, we can put it on a table in the boardroom and look at it, and understand it, without having to make a 'leap of faith' with some artsy lunatic."

Ms. Tooker continues: "The past 5 attempts at adapting a children's book ended in failure for our company, and for our shareholders, but the one we did before that made a boatload of money, so there's no reason to think that doing more of the same won't pay off in a big way. If the show is a hit, we can expect to make at least $2,000.00 per episode, with merchandising making up the shortfall. Everyone will want one of our stuffed rabbits. Right now we are in the process of negotiating a deal with "Joe Panklin's Midway Shows" to have the bunnies featured at Ring Tosses and Rubber Duck Fishing games at County Fairs across the midwest."

"Rabbits Ahoy" is the third Crimpen book adapted by BlamZone, after "Puppies Ahoy!" and "Ducks Ahoy!" Rumors have it that Crimpen has negotiated a deal that allows his company and the network to take 95% of any profit. Said Sheryl Tooker: "Mr. Crimpen has been a treasure to work with, even though he demands that every picture of his characters in the show always be his 3/4 front model, making inbetweens impossible- but the impossible is what makes our animators thrive!"

Miss Tooker looks thoughtful. "It turns out that the sponge show we passed on was, yes, Spongebob Squarepants, and yes, it has been very lucrative, but you have to look at the big picture realistically. Risks are "risky" for a reason, and in the long run, it's better to have 5% of a sure thing than 100% of something that may or may not pay off. Right?"


Anonymous cartooncrank said...

"...it's better to have 5% of a sure thing than 100% of something that may or may not pay off. Right?"

AMEN TO THAT! The proper focus testing will undoubtedly prove the wisdom of this statement.

Side note to the industry: There are many seasoned professionals that are ready to bring such projects to fuition. Hiring untried, college "educated" animator-wannabes is a sure recipe for a thing I like to call "Disaster Pudding!"

Oh, and don't listen to those guys at the Toonapalooza Network. They may claim to has issued a restraining order; I simply decided to stop going there after I was escorted off their property by their thuggish "goons." It's a matter of principles with me.

Keep telling it as it is, Animazing, "baby!"

9:15 PM  
Blogger Kevin W. Martinez said...

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I'm Kevin Martinez. I'm trying to learn as much as i can about animation and the industry, as i hope to enter the field someday (I'm only 16, but you have to start somewhere).I'm learning aout the masters such as Tex Avery and Chuck Jones, and i'm practicing drawing in order to refine my approach to it (I have some of my work hosted on DeviantArt). Unfortunately, the modern happenings in the Animation industry are not particuarly inpsiring for a budding cartoonist, but i'm optimistic.

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- Kevin

6:07 PM  
Blogger Animazing! said...

Thanks, guys!

Animation is an amazing career- some would say it's... ANIMazing!!
I should know- I've been at it for at least 3 months!!!

And if blazing talents such as Tex Avery or Chuck Jones were working today, they would no doubt IMMEDIATELY be gainfully employed on a 'tax-incentive' created Flash animated show (featuring kids in school daydreaming) for at least a month before being laid off!

WOOOT! Animation iz tha bomb!

6:19 PM  
Anonymous cartooncrank said...

If Tex Jones And Charles M. Avery WERE working today, they should step aside so that seasoned professionals, such as myself, could be gainfully employed.

Sorry guys, but you're better off in Animation Heaven then to be taking bread off the table of those of us who haven't over-stayed their welcomes.

But, still, inexperienced, college-educated, animator wanna-bes should also not take away jobs from us seasoned but not-yet-dead pros.

You can surely see the logic here!

11:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep writing! This is the only sane animaton news site on the web!

10:59 AM  

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