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Me and the Pajanimals - Licensing Expo

Discussion in 'Family Worlds' started by aaronmojo, Jun 19, 2011.

  1. aaronmojo

    aaronmojo Member

    This was so cool! I was attending the Licensing Expo - it was supposed to be all business - but adults turn into children when there are puppets and especially Muppets around. So I got my picture taken!

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    I was told they were back on a plane to New York that afternoon and headed overseas that night to resume filming! Pretty cool!
  2. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    That's great, thanks for sharing. Congratulations!
  3. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    Bee-yoo-tiful! I love the Pajanimals designs, and would totally buy merch if they have it. I've tried to be supportive of Sid/Dino Train, and Im happy JHC has had success with that. But it's really due time for a *puppet* related JHC project. I don't know if anything will ever resonate and connect on the level of Fraggle or Bear, but if a project can capture even just a nuanced portion of that...then I'll be happy. But yes, this is very good news and quite a cool picture!
  4. GSmiley2007

    GSmiley2007 Member

    Awesome!!! Any more pictures of you and the Pajanimals?

    Also wonder why Apollo and Cow Bella didn't show up...
  5. GSmiley2007

    GSmiley2007 Member

    Here's another question...

    Are they going to use the same puppeteers for the new TV series that they used in the shorts?
  6. aaronmojo

    aaronmojo Member

    GSmiley, I think they're using the same puppeteers. From what I understood, it was the same crew, just longer episodes (which were already in production).

    For me, it was cool to see a professional Muppet (having seen a couple at the Smithsonian, but not up close and in action). Being able to see the seams, how they were assembled, etc made me a little less critical of my own puppets.
  7. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member


    And the most depressing part is, while Sid is at least digital puppetry that uses the same crew Henson usually employs, it's not as successful as DinoTrain which is Singapore animated pure CGI and dubbed in Canada. Good voice actors from Canada, sure, but not Henson people.

    Pajanimals really needs to come forward and break into children's television. There's a slow trend of shows that are starting to really get good and break away from the lame Dora clones, just not fast enough for my taste.

    Plus, these characters, especially the duck, look amazing. They have a wonderful living plush doll look about them, and I hope Henson has a better licensee than 4Kids, which has 0 business sense. I want to see little plush dolls of these guys pushing Dora and Manny the Builder off the shelves and into the clearance bin where they belong.
  8. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    I'm still wondering what happened to Bear? That was a pure winning formula that could have gone on for ages, even in a slightly different formant.

    The Panjanimalapals look vibrant, crisp. But I also loved the look of Animal Jam, despite the show being unwatchable drek. (Im glad Cowmonkey and DJ 2 live on with HA! productions)

    I can't get into Sid or Dino Train, but for some reason Ive really taken a liking to Chuggington's look(even buying the dvd) I'm curious how Pajanimals will do. It'll be the first real attempt at a new JHC puppet show in over a decade.
  9. GSmiley2007

    GSmiley2007 Member

    And I think it's high time Apollo, Cow Bella, Squacky, and Sweetpea Sue made appearances on other TV shows to plug their show for PBS Kids Sprout. Who knows, maybe other Muppets like Kermit the Frog will want to meet them someday...
  10. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Disney clearly wants to keep that (thankfully soon to be outdated) Dora "Find the green rectangle that's in plain sight" garbage alive and well. I don't know how to feel about that's the only way Disney's main Mickey and Donald characters get into toy stores... the show sucks, but at least Ludwig VanDrake is in it... I dunno.

    Bear should make a comeback when children's TV producers realize that crap just produces ADHD kids who demand to be rewarded for every single thing they do, even if they don't really do it. We need the gentle yet watchable approach where Bear becomes a childhood TV friend, and not some lame video game type character that asks you to do everything for them.
  11. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    Well James, you basically have a situation where its 2011 and they're using horrible cgi that makes Reboot look like avatar when it comes to that Mickey Mouse and friends or Tigger and Pooh cartoon. Where any sort of magic and imagination of yesteryear(ie: house of mouse, new adv of winnie the pooh, and the amazing timon and pumba show) are long gone. Oh man, The Goofy Movie, another overlooked brilliant 2d gem. Just seems like cheapy cheap cgi cartoons coddling to the lowest common demonator is the norm

    I think Bear would still strongly resonate with kids if they gave him another chance on tv. I want to know a clear reason why Disney execs said no
  12. The Shoe Fairy

    The Shoe Fairy Active Member

    If we're talking making new episodes, I'd say cost. It's simply far cheaper to make a run of the mill CGI thing resembling television now.
  13. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    The strange thing is, CGI cartoons never have much of a shelf life on American TV unless they're for Preschoolers. Other than Reboot or Jimmy Neutron, I can't think of one that even lasted a single season that wasn't for preschoolers. Unfortunately, flash/after effects type stuff is what I see the most. Some of them use it as a nice short cut to get some fuller animation in there, some just manage to look like a bad student Flash project from 1998. I REALLY wanted to like Cat in the Hat knows a Lot about That, but the kids are emotionless and the animation looks cheap and lazy.

    Sigh... I just HATE the fact that Mickey's only major project (outside of a video game and some comic books that will soon end reprinting) is a crummy kiddy CGI Dora clone. I mean, he looks BAD in CGI anyway. And while I applaud the inclusion of Ludwig VonDrake and Pete, they were both in the superior 2-D traditional digital colored House of Mouse and Mouseworks... ah, ToonCity... my favorite Korean outsource animation firm.

    Seriously, ever see the TV version of Curious George? That show just looks amazing. I LOVE the animation in that one.
  14. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    Oh I love Curious George. I have both Curious George 2 and the Christmas Movie which came to dvd; both have an amazing look. And I love the PBS Curious George cartoon. I find something relaxing about those now and then. Hence why Ive always given high marks to Little Bear, Rupert, and Martha. PBS usually does cartoons well, and real animation.

    Best kids animation tv house bar none: moonscoop. evidence: fantastic four cartoon from a couple years ago: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptiFjvpUq6k
    I mean wow, that to me looks better than anything else on tv cartoon wise
  15. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Martha IS Flash... but they manage to do something GOOD with it.

    What I REALLY hate is SuperWhy. I don't get the appeal, I don't get the point, I don't get the concept. Superheroes going into neutered kid's books to make them even more repressed and babyfied? And the characters look like disgusting bugs. If I had a Superwhy in my back yard, I'd stomp the heck out of it.

    Ugly, ugly show.
  16. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    I can't dog on flash too much, I just meant the ultra simplistic herky jerky stuff.
    I'm currently hard at work on an animated show based on my characters/designs(more like 5-7 minute webisodes for youtube) and Im employing a mix of various styles...but admittedly, I do have to use flash for a lot of stuff. I just am not a fan of that stilted early flash new grounds look that still is around. With the growing popularity of Adventure Time, Regular Show, and people's love of Invader Zim and Rockos Modern Life, I think the time is ripe for a really solid zany series free on youtube rather than traditional tv avenues. To me thats the future. Regular Show would be on youtube if they didnt land a tv deal, as would Adv Time and itd probably still be pretty big.
  17. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I want to see TV quality stuff online. Often times I just see the same lame 1980's characters smoking weed or some dumb video game jokes. I wanna see something that's like a television series, maybe not the high production values, but something with a nice involved plot... something that can last at least 10 minutes. RS and AT seem to do a LOT in their 10 minute frame. There's no call that web series can't be the same.
  18. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    You basically summed up what I like about things I like to see from YouTube: creative, user-created series. I don't know if you've heard of things like "We Need Girlfriends" (which is like a mini-sitcom) and "New Kids on the Rock" (which has some great, cliched humor), but those kinds of things I want me and my friends to make.
  19. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    I should probably revise what I said. I really can't be knocking on the simplistic flash look thats the standard in a lot of shows, since I'm now having to learn my way from the bottom up with simple bone rigging and and flash techniques for animation with my own series im doing. I think ultimately if its funny and has unique charm, I guess it doesnt matter what the vehicle is.

    But yeah some of the funniest things Ive seen, referring to what Oscarfan said, is user created content
  20. GSmiley2007

    GSmiley2007 Member

    To get back on topic, what else did Squacky and Sweetpea Sue do at the expo, Aaron?

    And I'm still wondering why Apollo and Cow Bella didn't show up...

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