As you may have heard, the CW11 is gonna cancel the block Vortexx, to make way for live-action family content. What some of you may not be aware of is that this will mark the end of Saturday morning cartoons on basic broadcast television for the first time in DECADES! Sure, a lot of the shows through the years were poorly done, but a lot of them I also really enjoyed and they contribute to a huge part of my childhood memories. With the block being canceled, and with the news that The Hub Network is changing from a channel into only a 6-hour block in the middle of the day, animation on TV is undergoing yet another severe loss of exposure to the country.
So I postulate an idea I developed with . The following isn't anything official. I am only striving to spread the IDEA of this around, to get you guys talking, and so you can form your own idea about what it can become.
What if there was a place online that showed original 1-minute-long animations, made by indie animators, of original creations, on a half-hour show… that would ONLY be seen on a lifestream on Saturday mornings?? It will be Operation: SMC!
- a video site online would host 1 half-hour per weekend on Saturday morning.
- each episode would be comprised of around 10-20 animated shorts from online animators.
- each short will span all animation mediums, narrative or musical video, with the only requirement being that they must be kid-friendly and give the viewer a feeling of the old Saturday morning viewing experience from childhood. Video game-inspired stories, superheroes, 8-bit animation, stop-motion block animation, music videos, review shows, edutainment segments, etc, will be welcome!
- some of them will be an on-going series, but only one episode of a given series will show at least per week. If the creator cannot for whatever reason make the weekly deadline all the time, other animators will reschedule their episodes to be shown those weeks in place of that.
- they would premiere them in the form of a livestream event with a chat that people can use to share their opinions watching them.
- commercials can air that advertise little known indie artists work like web comics, print comics, and other pieces of art!
- the same half-hour would repeat a few hours later for those who slept in or couldn't watch the first stream.
- After a while, each half-hour episode of the anthology series would be reuploaded to a channel in regular YouTube videos, so anyone can watch them whenever they want.
- The episodes can optionally contain a host who is a talking TV. The bumps will also have other Saturday morning cartoon elements like a cereal bowl or breakfast food, etc.
- When it gets more successful, they can save money to make a second animated half-hour show aimed at adults, livestreaming at a later time on Saturday.
So it will be sort of like MTV Hits in the form of a show for children. Or anthology shows like Kablam!, only online. TV networks constantly need to take animation off blocks just when more animation premieres, because animation is expensive, and a network budget cannot sustain too much for so long. I'm not thinking of too much work. A minute or less per episode for one creator isn't a whole lot, and with the advent of online hubs, more profitable opportunities will appear.
Anyone with new ideas for this can suggest them here! Also, spread this around on other places online so producers can see it and get their own ideas going! So what do you all think?
- www.vimeo.com/andrewkaiko/norm… See my short 'Norm & Cory' in full!
- Orbis Park won a 2012 ASIFA East Award for Excellence in Design in the Independent Film category. It tied with an SVA thesis called The Girl And The Fox. Congratulations to all the winners! And as always, my short can be watched in its entirety here: Orbis Park: fav.me/d4hu4xq !