With live-action movie productions still facing many delays due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the demand for animated films has skyrocketed. The shutdown has seen a boom in a sector that was already in the upswing. Besides, there’s a lot of transformation going on, a lot of new voices, and many new styles. What’s happening is a generation transformation from the Simpsons era to the Looney Tunes Era to something fresh and new.
Shows like ‘South Park’ and ‘Simpsons’ have been around for over two decades, and viewers have grown up with adult animation films as a norm. Whereas animation was a kid’s thing in the past era, there’s now a new sophisticated audience out there. Now, fans are less attuned to animation as just being a cartoon, and suddenly there’s animation as a format much like a live-action which is a huge opportunity.
With animated films, you can go underwater or into outer space within seconds. As the fanbase grows worldwide, it’s easy to see why animation creators are using it. The new technology is also making animated films much easier. Digital production has helped bring down costs, increasing speed and efficiency in production. This has led to perfect
CGI state-of-the-art animation, which dives fans into a whole new world and immersive experience that excites them.
At Animated Film Network, we strive to provide you with details on upcoming events such as the film festivals and conventions, movies, voice actors, and everything about animation movies. For instance, numerous Oscar-nominated actors are coming to the animation sector for the first time. These rich and famous actors may not need to work for their finances, but they prefer staying busy; likewise, for writers whose live-action projects suddenly came to a halt, animation creates an opportunity to stay active and exercise some creative muscle.
However, the animation is a unique sector with its requirements, and the transition from live-action is not an easy task. Some scripts have suffered a major blow as they fail to embrace the medium. The same holds for voice acting. Some performers do it better than others as it’s a difficult role that’s not just for everybody. So, the animation is not a
one-to-one crossover for experts with previous experience somewhere else in entertainment.
Animation is also not a panacea for a complete, suddenly halted industry. That’s true for platforms that will air the newly ordered series. While the production can go on in quarantine with minor interruptions, it also takes a long time to complete. This could be as long as nine months for a season of TV or four years for a feature film. That implies a show ordered to premiere this spring may not land until a vaccine is released.
Animation: A battlefront of the streaming wars
With Sony Pictures closing in on a $1 billion acquisition of the U.S-based anime streaming service Crunchyroll with its 3 million subscribers, it will soon gain control over a substantial part of the anime export market. This has made it a threat to Netflix, which has been heavily investing in all types of animation for years as it became one of the biggest Tv providers worldwide.
A hierarchal change could be upon us as the animated movies sector finds itself in a golden age of opportunity. Long-running animated comedies such as Family Guy and The Simpsons helped establish Fox among its competitors in the 90s. South Park singlehandedly propelled Comedy Central’s early success.
Other streaming platforms such as Hulu, HBO, Amazon Prime, Warner Media, DC Universe have also been working hard for a share of the pie. Now, rival platforms are taking note of the animated movies’ foothold in our collective tastes.
Animated Spinoff Shows
There’s a new trend emerging whereby major film and TV franchises such as Tomb Raider, The Witcher, and Game of Thrones are getting animated spinoffs. What could be behind this explosion? The new emergence of spinoff projects marks a dramatic change for animation as an art form.
Big money is being pumped into these animation TV shows, and most of the spinoffs are not for the kids. This is attributed to the streaming wars, where volume is more important in the streaming world than traditional TV. The more content a streaming service can offer to its subscribers, the better the rates.
Streaming services can use the animated spinoffs to broaden their big-name without touching the live-action originals- and generally at a lower cost. Besides, it’s less risky because a poorly-received animated spinoff is far less likely to spoil the brand image than a live-action feature. Animations creatively open new avenues that aren’t always
feasible in the real-world setting.
The animation sector will continue to blossom thanks to the changing attitudes towards the medium in general. As the streaming wars continue, fans should expect more and better-animated films. Keep it here for all your favorite animation news.