This will sound odd for someone who devotes an entire blog on animation but in retrospect, I actually haven’t watched a lot of cartoons, or at least not as much as the average animation blogger does. This goes for both Western cartoons and anime, even though I have been watching more of the latter in the recent years. However, I do like to extract every bit of story/character development/visual symbolism whenever I do watch and stick to a series or film.
Despite not having watched almost every cartoon, a number of shows I watch still influence and enrich my life in some form or fashion (…to an embarrassing degree). For animations with underlying themes, there is just a lot of heart in the intentional visual symbolism that is all individually hand drawn. Sometimes, it’s just a good medium to create something deep or artistic that may otherwise be too “cheesy” or weird if done in 3D animation or in a show with real life celebrities/actors. And other times, it’s the ideal medium for people who just want to see some fluid action and movement with an explosion of 2D colors and visible action lines everywhere.
This semester, I will be watching and blogging about what’s trending, as well as some classics that I never got around watching, in the name of “research”. ;)