For the very first episode of “Pokémon” (1998-Present), the main character Ash originally was going to have Clefairy as his starter Pokémon but was swapped for Pikachu to make it appealing for boys and girls alike. Well Pikachu has become a legendary pop-culture icon so I’d say great creative decision.
The 2014 film “Obvious Child” was shot in 18 days, got great reception, and all of it started out as a Kickstarter campaign. Now that is a Cinderella story for the history of cinema.
“Creative energy sometimes comes from the lowest point in your life.”
– Richard Kind, “Obvious Child”
During the storm that hits early into the cattle drive during the storyline of the miniseries “Lonesome Dove” (1989), the herd of cows are struck by lightning, which is then conducted from cow to cow by means of the tips of their horns. Believe it or not, this is a real phenomenon, known as “St. Elmo’s Fire.”
Author Harold Robbins considers 1978’s “The Betsy”, based on his novel of the same name,as he quotes the “best movie adaptation of any of his works.” I mean who would know better if a book adaptation is great than the author who literally wrote the book.
“Don’t ask for marital advice from a guy with two ex-wives.”
– Robert Duvall, “The Paper”
After more than 30 years of not speaking to each other after working on the show “Three’s Company” (1977-1984), actresses Suzanne Somers and Joyce DeWitt, who played Chrissy Snow and Janet Wood respectively, finally made up and reunited for Somers’s web series “Breaking Through” which aired February 2, 2012. Just a simple lesson to let go of bad blood. It does you nothing but cause grief.
The 2013 film “Enemy” uses spiders for unknown symbolism, but it was clearly a big thing because the cast signed a confidentiality agreement that doesn’t allow them to speak and/or explain to the press the meaning of spiders in the movie.
“Good things come to those who work their asses off.”
– Jake Gyllenhaal, “Nightcrawler”
The style of animation of “South Park” (1997-Present) is inspired by the paper cut-out cartoons made by Terry Gilliam for “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” (1969-1974), of which “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have been lifelong fans. Construction paper and traditional stop motion cutout animation techniques were used in the original animated shorts and in the pilot episode, but subsequent episodes have been produced by computer animation.
The computer animation provides a similar look to the originals while requiring a fraction of the time to produce. To note, before computer artists begin animating an episode, a series of animatics drawn in Toon Boom Animation Inc., a Canadian software company, that specializes in animation production software are provided by the show’s storyboard artists.
And imagine that, 18 seasons later the show is still going strong. Guess the efficient animation has proven worth it.