Have you heard? Dreamworks Animation and Studio Mir, the company behind Nickelodeon’s The Legend of Korra, announced Thursday they will work together to produce up to four new animated television series in the next four years.
This is huge both because a Korean company has never partnered on such a large scale with an American animation group, and because these shows will be created in 2D animation. I’m ecstatic!
It’s great to see that Korean animation is being taken seriously enough to be treated as a creative equal rather than just as a source of cheap production. Studio Mir’s work is undeniably beautiful, and if Mir’s talent can be combined with the storytelling prowess exhibited in How to Train Your Dragon 2, I will be a very happy customer.
An article inthe Korea Herald had the following to say:
“The contract with DreamWorks is meaningful since we will be working as partners,” Studio Mir founder and executive producer Yoo Jae-myung said.
“This has never been done before by a Korean studio.”
A Studio Mir spokesman said details regarding the titles of the cartoons could not be revealed, but that they would be in 2-D.
This is great news for both companies, since each has had some fairly concerning press in the past few weeks, between the financial troubles of Dreamworks Animation (now under direction of new chief financial officer Fazal Merchant) and the on-again/off-again nature of Korra Book Three, now safely on Nick.com.
Speaking of The Legend of Korra, Studio Mir uploaded a lovely picture on Facebook yesterday thanking fans for their support of Book Three.
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Hadn’t heard about this at all. That’s awesome.
The whole of The Legend of Korra, Book 4 will be released January 2015. IGN have confirmed that a Nickelodeon representative have given them this exclusive information. The whole of Book 4 will be released in January, meaning that end of the Korra series will take place in January 2015. Read more
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- Main female character who is brown and muscular, multidimensional and has agency
- Main female character takes responsibility for the change in the world her actions has caused
- 50/50 male-female character count and talking ratio
- A variety of significant female characters in 13 episodes Females: Korra, Asami, Jinora, P’Li, Ming-Hua, Hou-Ting, Lin, Suyin, Opal, Granny Yin, Kya — (in comparison) Males: Mako, Bolin, Kai, Tenzin, Raiko, Ghazan, Zaheer, Zuko, Aiwei, Tonraq
- Half of the fight scenes fought by women, women fight men, women fight women, women work together
- Women and men being equally dangerous and skilled
- Two different women genuinely liking each other and not caring about the messy love triangle they were involved in
- Those two women on good terms with their ex and poking fun at the awkwardness
- Romantic love wasn’t the main concern or motivation of any female character except for the very tall woman (Opal and Jinora’s priorities are different despite having romantic moments)
- Woman teaching another woman how to drive
- Woman being good at mechanical things and it saved an entire crew from the desert, said woman welds while wearing lipstick and fabulous hair
- Senile grandma is treated with respect and patience by her family
- The main villains is a group composed of two men and two women
- One important villain is a middle-aged woman who rules the largest kingdom with an iron fist, she’s tyrannical which is the opposite of her weak father
- Armless woman being one of the deadliest fighters
- Armless woman driving
- The tallest member of the Red Lotus is a woman
- A couple where the woman is like 6 inches taller and was never played for laughs
- A story arc dedicated to the relationship of two middle aged sisters plus an aunt + relationship too
- Sisters had different fathers and was raised by a blind single mother
- Main female character is taught how to bend metal by a woman
- One sister who founded her own city while having a successful marriage and five kids
- Said sister’s husband isn’t relevant and got a single line (reverse trope)
- The other sister chose to be single because she didn’t want kids
- When the main character was in distress, said two sisters and two brothers came to rescue her
- Main heroine willingly sacrifices herself to save others
- Her back-up group includes an elite metal team led by a woman
- A father’s “death” is the source of rage of the main female character, which is a reverse of the typical trope
- Airbenders were led by a little girl to rescue female main character in the finale
- Said little girl became the first airbending master of a generation. She shaved her head and was proud of it and it was celebrated
- Main female character is depressed and physically damaged at the end of the show but she’s with very supportive group of family and friends
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what the fuck i dont like any of the endings????
i never liked kenny, but because clem knew him the longest i felt like i needed to stay “loyal” but he is so crazy
and jane was so great up until what she did with the baby!!! like couldnt she just give kenny the baby and ask clem to leave with her and then i wouldnt have to shoot kenny??? WTF
I MISS CHRISTA AND I WISH LUKE HADNT DIED GOD DAMMIT
He’s gone. It’s my fault. I…I should have stayed with him.
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Here’s the thing, dear readers: There are many ways to approach making superhero films. Marvel’s approach is amazing, it’s successful beyond anyone’s wildest dreams, and I love every one of their films so far. Marvel films wear their comic book origins on their sleeve proudly, they exist in a world full of the fantastical and outrageous, and they are filled with lots of humor. Some of the most recent Marvel films have had so much humor, in fact, that they are action-comedies — notably, Iron Man 3 and Guardians of the Galaxy. This is all a very valid, admirable way to approach the genre, without a doubt.
However, it’s not the only way to approach superhero filmmaking. What Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy and Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel showed was, it’s also possible to adapt these comic book characters into worlds that attempt to look much more like our own everyday real life (or more accurately, pretend to look like everyday real life). They don’t lack humor or fun, they simply have a more serious perspective and keep the joking and humor to a more moderate level. Moderation, though, is not absence, and so calling this a “no jokes” policy isn’t accurate. What Warner is instead going for is a tone and approach that is simply different from Marvel’s choice of tone and approach, and the DC films clearly want to steer clear of being tempted to mirror the much higher level of comedy found in Marvel’s productions.
That choice shouldn’t surprise anybody, and it’s nothing new — it’s exactly the same way Warner Bros. has been making comic book superhero films for the last ten years. Batman Begins, Superman Returns, The Dark Knight, Watchmen, The Dark Knight Rises, and Man of Steel are all exactly within those parameters of more serious storytelling with humor that is useful and appreciated but kept to a moderate level.
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