Panel last night at SVA in conjunction with David Levy's new book ANIMATION DEVELOPMENT: FROM PITCH TO PRODUCTION.
I started reading on the subway afterwards. So far, its pretty good. When I finish, maybe I'll post some thoughts.
Interesting enough panel featuring, David, Carl W. Adams from Clambake Animation, Janice Burgess who created "The Backyardigans", the preternaturally talented Fran Krause, and supremely opinionated Amid Amidi.
What makes those shows -or "The X-Files", "Rome", "Six Feet Under" and others of pedigree -special? They tell sophisticated stories which happen over course of months and years.
The American TV system doesn't have a place for this. You can be either a ribald comedy or a kiddie show. There's a small niche for action, but not much.
Japanese animation has had more sophisticated narrative structures since the 70s. "Star Blazers" being a classic example.
Janice Burgess: I'm not an artist, I work for a living.
Carl W. Adams: You wouldn't get a great writer then somebody who can't animate or draw very well...