Posts tagged: marvel productions
THEN AT THE END THEY ON THE STATUE YA’LL
…. why does this look like old Japanese animation (except for the character design, of course)? Or am I imagining things?
SOMEONE’S UNFAMILIAR WITH GI JOE
THIS SHOW IS FIVE MILLION PERCENTS AMURRKIN
Dude. I didn’t know this thing existed! The opening still looks like anime if you cover those guys faces.
A lot of the older US animation studios had this kind of drawing style: GI Joe, Jem and the Holograms, He-Man, Pirates of Dark Water… only a few of them outsourced to Japanese animators (like Thundercats, which was under Rankin-Bass).
Huh. Later US animation didn’t look like this, so it get me curious. (I think it was an opening thing? With Jem was only the opening I guess, but I have no idea, my childhood was all about anime.)
I think starting around the late 90’s, U.S. animation started getting more and more stylized. But for most part, what I can see, US and Japanese animation from the 80’s and early 90’s do look quite similar at first glance! With the US importing anime and dubbing them over, even re-writing the scripts, it gets even more confusing what cartoon is from where.
But GI Joe is totes Amurrrcan, because I don’t think any other country would’ve made anything quite so, uh, American >_>
fun fact: 80s american cartoons look like 80s anime because 80s american cartoons were animated in japan and korea. sunbow productions distributed gijoe, transformers, jem, and mlp, while marvel productions (a marvel comics subsidiary) handled the actual show creation, which, in proper american fashion, meant marvel sent their scripts overseas to toei animation (japan) and akom (korea) who did the grunt work of the actual animation.
other notable american shows animated by toei include spiderman and his amazing friends, the real ghostbusters and tmnt. (notable anime productions include sailor moon, dragonball z, and digimon.) akom did four seasons of the x-men, eleven seasons of arthur, and has done 200 episodes of the simpsons.
and so on to this very day. if you watch closely, whenever harvey birdman (attorney at law) is holding a stack of papers, they’re stapled together on the upper right corner because he’s reading right-to-left. williams street moved towards in-house flash animation, less because it was cost-competitive with exporting that work to east asia, more because it allowed real-time input to the animators.
basically we’ve always done whatever was cheapest for as long as we could get away with it. imperialism, everybody!