The Dark Age of Children’s Television?

Hey readers, it’s Ultimate iPad Expert here. Before I began this post, I do want to acknowledge my absence of posting. I’m just now finishing school, for one, as well as: helping my grandparents out, planning, packing, and more for a road trip to take place during most of June, helping out on the Poptropica Help Network sites to name a few. Basically, my schedule’s packed and I’m pretty busy. I’ve decided I’m going to strive to bring you a least a post a week, starting today. Once again, I apologize and hope to write more in the upcoming weeks! Now to the post:


I’ve decided to bring you a special post today! A while back, I was talking with an internet friend of mine and we got into a discussion about children’s television. That posed this question: Current times are known as the Golden Age of TV. But if that’s, true what’s the problem with kid’s television these days?

If you watch any of shows on, what I’d say are the two main children’s TV networks, Disney Channel and Nickelodeon, you may know what I’m speaking of. Each of these networks premiere mostly sitcom material. For instance here is a lineup of the shows (as of the release of this post) on each of the two networks (sitcoms are underlined):

Disney Channel

  • Jessie
  • Austin & Ally
  • Dog with a Blog
  • Liv and Maddie
  • I Didn’t Do It
  • Girl Meets World
  • K.C. Undercover
  • Phineas and Ferb (which is ending this June)
  • Gravity Falls (Premiers episodes on Disney XD first, although could be considered a Disney Channel show)

Nickelodeon

  • The Thundermans
  • Every Witch Way
  • Henry Danger
  • Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn
  • Max & Shred
  • 100 Things To Do Before High School
  • Bella and the Bulldogs
  • Make It Pop
  • SpongeBob SquarePants
  • The Fairly OddParents
  • Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Sanjay and Craig
  • Rabbids Invasion
  • Breadwinners
  • Harvey Beaks

Now, before anyone gets mad, I want to say, I do not dislike all of these shows. In fact, I actually enjoy some of them quite a bit. And I’m not going to make any extremely harsh judgements on the shows in these lists that I haven’t seen. Also, anything I say regarding these shows is simply my opinion, and may not even reflect the general opinion of the show.

Anyways, back to my point. You can see from these list that the majority of shows are indeed sitcoms. (In fact, I didn’t even mention Disney XD, which has a few sitcoms, as well) You also may notice that all of the shows that are not sitcoms are animated shows. This, I believe is one of the biggest problems with children’s television today. By this, I mean that all of the children’s shows I really enjoy are animated shows. Also, that there are no non-sitcom live action shows.

Now, I personally have no problems with sitcoms, I actually enjoy some adult sitcoms, such as Community. But, the problem with children’s sitcoms is that they are all basically the same show, and that’s not a good show. Each sitcom seems to follow the pattern of a main character(s) and their friends (and/or family) having some sort of strange thing happen to them in each episode. This then leads to more problems that the characters face and (what is supposed to be) hilarity ensues. As just mentioned, the jokes (which are basically the main part of the shows) generally feel forced or just aren’t funny. You may be thinking, “Hey, you can’t judge these shows for having a plot regarding some sort of strange situation, Community (which you said you liked) has that generally.” My reply to that is that you’re correct. The reason I like Community, is because the plots/situations that happen to the characters in Community (for instance) are interesting and the jokes do work for it. Another thing you could say to defend these sitcoms is, “They’re kids shows, you can’t expect them to be as good as adult shows.” To that I reply, why not? Take Pixar for instance. They make incredibly good films that are made for child audience. We can’t ask the same for a television show?

This brings me to the next problem I have with children’s shows. Many animated shows are not really good either. Don’t get me wrong, Phineas and Ferb & Gravity Falls are two of my favorite shows of all time, but a whole lot of animated shows are not really very well done. From the list of Nickelodeon animated shows above, I’d say I like two of them and another one (maybe two) is okay. The others, I don’t really like. Even quite a few Disney XD and Cartoon Network shows just don’t resinate extremely well with me, although I’d definitely say they have much better premises than basically all of the sitcoms that I’ve seen.

I really find it strange that we can make SO many great adult TV shows and SO many great animated films (even in the last few years alone), but we just can’t seem to make a majority of the children’s television shows today very well.

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Despite the problems with current children’s programming, I’m hopeful about the future from some of the shows coming up. Kids deserve to have great story, great characters, and overall great shows just as adults. And I hope to see it that way in the near future! :D


Anyways, these are just my thoughts. If you have a different opinion or anything else to elaborate on, I’d love to hear it below! :D  Please feel free to like and share this if you enjoyed it!

Really Terrific Ending for Frozen 2, Zootopia Leads Announced, And More (Woody’s Roundup #5)

Welcome to the fourth episode of Woody’s Roundup, a segment here on The Reel Insider. In this segment, each Saturday I’ll put together all of the animation related news and share it with you along with my thoughts. I’m a huge fan of animation and I love sharing it here more! Let’s get started! (May 3-9, 2015)

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Phineas and Ferb Final Episode to Premiere June 12

Hey everyone, it’s Ultimate iPad Expert here with a really special post. I would normally put something like this on my Woody’s Roundup section, but it holds a special place in my heart, so I decided a standalone post would work best.

If you’ve never heard of it, Phineas and Ferb is an animated show following two step-brothers, of whom the show is named, and the crazy inventions they create, it also follows a subplot of their pet platypus, Perry, who is a secret agent and seeks to thwart evil scientist Dr. Doofenshmirtz.

Anyways, this is sincerely one of my favorite shows of all time and I’m sad to say that it will be ending this summer. The final episode, to be title “Last Day of Summer” will be the hour-long series finale for the show. In celebration of the show, Disney XD will be playing a marathon of the show, including every episode. According to the Hollywood Reporter:

Disney XD is planning a 73-hour Phineas and Ferb marathon, starting at 8 p.m. June 9, featuring every episode of the show and ending with a new hourlong episode titled Last Day of Summer. The episode, airing at 9 p.m. June 12 on both Disney XD and Disney Channel, is being called “the ultimate story capper.”

In addition, a new standalone hourlong special, The O.W.C.A. Files, which focuses on the organization’s best secret agent, Agent P (also known as Perry the Platypus), and his fellow animal agents, will premiere in the fall on Disney XD.

The team wrapped production on the Emmy-winning Phineas and Ferb after 126 episodes, five one-hour specials and an original movie, but the series will continue to air daily on Disney XD following the marathon.

I’m extremely inspired by creators of the show, Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh. Their storytelling abilities and humor are top notch and they (with the show) have helped lead me on the path of creating films and stories on my own. Phineas and Ferb is probably the only show that my parents love as much as me and my siblings, and there is definitely a reason for that. The show is one of the greatest, in my opinion, of all time and will continue to be so. I want to thank everyone who worked on the show for making it SO great and I want to thank all of the fans who love it as much as I do!

Anyways, this brings us to some happy news! Dan and Swampy are working on a new animated series that is to premiere on Disney XD in 2017 entitled “Mikey Murphy’s Law”. Once again, according to Hollywood Reporter:

Disney XD has greenlighted a new animated series from Phineas and Ferb creators Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh.

The new series, Mikey Murphy’s Law, centers on the fictional great-great-great-great grandson of the Murphy’s Law namesake and is set for a 2017 premiere. Povenmire and Marsh are the creators and executive producers and will be joined by several Phineas and Ferb colleagues, including producer and director Robert F. Hughes, story editor Scott Petersonand staff writers Joshua Pruett, Dani Vetere and Martin Olson.

I’m really excited to see this show, although I know almost nothing about it. I really hope to have it become one of my favorite shows, as well as Phineas and Ferb!

I want to finish this post off with a great quote from Marc Buhaj, Senior VP of Programming and General Manager at Disney XD:

Dan and Swampy are two of the most respected and proven show creators in the animation series business. They are incredibly gifted storytellers who have a track record of creating smart, original and relatable characters that are universally appealing to both kids and families. It’s a coup for Disney XD to continue working with this talented duo on their latest creation Mikey Murphy’s Law. We’re looking forward to another great creative partnership.

I couldn’t agree more! What do you think of this news? Comment your thoughts below!

 

UPDATE:

Dan Povenmire tweeted out this first look at Mikey of the new Mikey Murphy’s Law show:

Sanjay’s Super Team is the Next Pixar Short, Green Eggs and Ham to be an Animated Netfilx Series, And More (Woody’s Roundup #4)

Welcome to the fourth episode of Woody’s Roundup, a segment here on The Reel Insider. In this segment, each Saturday I’ll put together all of the animation related news and share it with you along with my thoughts. I’m a huge fan of animation and I want to share it here more! Let’s get started! (April 26 – May 2, 2015)

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The Reel Insider: Return of the Blogging

Hello everyone, it’s Ultimate iPad Expert here! You may have noticed that I haven’t posted anything here since a little over a month now. Firstly, I wanna give my sincerest apologies to anyone who follows the blog regularly, or is just a casual reader. Up until now I’ve been overtaken by work, more specifically high school. Thankfully, I’m done mostly with my main work, so I am going to start the posts back up again! Also, here’s an awesome graphic I made for this post as a gift. :D

Return of the Blogging

Anyways, I hope to release at least two posts a week (a news post and a Woody’s Roundup post), so look forward to that from me. Have a good rest of the year and let it be full of awesome movies!

3 New Inside Out Trailers, Richard Kind is Bing Bong, And More (Woody’s Roundup #3)

Welcome to the third episode of Woody’s Roundup, a segment here on The Reel Insider. In this segment, each Saturday I’ll put together all of the animation related news and share it with you along with my thoughts. I’m a huge fan of animation as an art style (not a genre) and I want to share it here more! So, let’s get started on this week! (March 15-21, 2015)

 

PS: I want to apologize for not posting basically at all this week, I’ve been really busy, I hope you guys understand.

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Frozen 2 is Official, Kung Fu Panda 3 News, And More (Woody’s Roundup #2)

Welcome to the second episode of Woody’s Roundup, a segment here on The Reel Insider. In this segment, each Saturday I’ll put together all of the animation related news and share it with you along with my thoughts. I’m a huge fan of animation as an art style (not a genre) and I want to share it here more! So, let’s get started on this week! (March 8-14, 2015)

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New “Inside Out” Trailer

I’m not going to go into this trailer, considering I made a whole post on it. Let’s just say I’m really excited! (Click here to check out the full post)

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An “Inside Out” Themed Short Will Appear on It’s Blu-Ray

Variety released a post explaining 10 Animators people should Watch. One of these 10 is Pixar animator, Josh Cooley. In his section of the post, it was explained that Cooley is the current head os story on the next Pixar film, Inside Out. It also mentions that he directed a recent Inside Out themed short that will be on Inside Out’s Blu-Ray. I’m excited to see this short, especially considering the last film-themed shorts that have been on past Pixar Blu-Rays.

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“Toy Story 4” to be Co-Directed by Josh Cooley

In the same Variety article, it was revealed that Josh Cooley would also be co-directing the next Toy Story sequel, along with main director John Lasseter. This is simply all that we know about this news, but I’m excited to see Cooley at work on Toy Story 4. I am extremely excited for Inside Out, and Cooley being a big part of it makes me more excited to see how the fourth Toy Story film will turn out.

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There Have Been “Rumblings” on a “Big Hero 6” Sequel

Voice of Honey Lemon from the first film (Genesis Rodriguez) recently had an interview for the film, Run All Night. In this interview, she spilled a little about a possible Big Hero 6 sequel. Check it out:


How is it to have your name attached to a now Oscar-winning project?

Genesis: It’s cool. It’s really cool.

Have they lined you up for a sequel or anything yet?

Genesis: There’s rumblings of something else happening. I mean yesterday I just saw that it’s the third most grossing Disney animated feature, so this is huge for them. I doubt that they wouldn’t want to do another one. It was a huge success.

That’s typically the way they work.

Genesis: Right? But they are doing ‘Frozen.’ So, who knows? Maybe they’ll do something with ‘Big Hero 6.’

What do you do with the number? “Big Hero 6.2”?

Genesis: Well, it’s a comic book, so they have so many… It’s a Marvel franchise that Disney adapted. Just like comic books, you could make it a complete different story and the superheroes reunited to attack someone else. So it’s a perfect little setup they got for a sequel if they wanted to.


I’m excited to see what Disney would do with a sequel and Im glad they are at least talking about an idea. Regardless of the release of a sequel or not, it’s good to here these “rumblings”.

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New “Frozen Fever” Poster, Plot Details, and Song!

The official poster for the Frozen-themed short, Frozen Fever, released earlier this week. (You can see it on the right) I really like the look of the poster and those little snow creatures, apparently called “snowgies”.

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Along with the poster, we got a little information regarding the short. Producer of the short, Peter Del Vecho, mentioned this about the little creatures:

We realized we wanted Olaf to remain pure, so quickly it evolved into these fun little snowballs we call ‘snowgies’ that bring a lot of mischief and fun to the short.

Also, Frozen co-director Chris Buck mentioned the following regarding the short:

“We could see some different opportunities for some fun and that just got all of us going…Elsa’s never really been able to throw a party for Anna. They were apart most of their growing up.

Interesting to hear that there was some fun going into this short, and it not just being a money grab. I’m sure it’s a fun short!

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Along with this the short’s song “Making Today a Perfect Day” was released on iTunes and YouTube. Feel fee to check the song out, but be warned that the song apparently spoils the short. Also, if you want to check the short out for your self it is in theaters now in front of Cinderella.

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“Teaser Trailer for “Hotel Transylvania 2”

Sony Animation released the first official teaser trailer for it’s film for this year, Hotel Transylvania 2. While I’m not really very excited for this film, since the first one wasn’t really the best, I like this trailer. It definitely doesn’t show anything from the plot really, but it shows a little comedy, which was probably one of my favorite parts of the original.

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“Frozen 2” is Official

Cue the fangirls, because a sequel to Frozen was officially announced at the Disney Shareholder’s meeting this past Thursday. (I did a write-up on the meeting itself, which you can check out by clicking here) While no official release date was released, Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee will be returning to direct. While I’m not the most excited to see this (since the first one was pretty good, but not nearly as good as the other recent Disney Animation films), I hope it’ll be a fun story and a fun movie overall.

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Lots of New “Kung Fu Panda 3” News

I want to give some thanks to Rotoscopers for compiling all of this information, so that I could present it to you guys! First we have a synopsis thanks to Nick Cooke, Director of hardlines at DreamWorks Animation UK:

Po continues his now legendary legendary adventures of of awesomeness and must face two, hugely epic, but very different threads. Po has saved the world countless times, but none of that has prepared him for his greatest challenge yet – pleasing 2 fathers. Po reunites with his biological father (Bryan Cranston) and returns to his birthplace, yet soon realizes he doesn’t fit in. There he meets the overly eager Mei Mei (Rebel Wilson), who has been promised an arranged marriage to Po. Po must also battle an evil spirit called The Collector (Mads Mikkelsen), who is able to steal the powers of every Kung Fu Master he defeats – and his sights are set on Po.

Along with Cranston, Wilson, and Mikkelsen, J. K. Simmons is unofficially going to be in the film. This is thanks to Phil Craven, a storyboard artist at DreamWorks, after he posted this on Instagram:

Kung Fu Panda 3 recording with Mr. Whiplash himself ▯ Super nice guy, didn’t throw a single chair at us or spray saliva on us mid-cuss ▯ #kungfupanda #oscarwinner @HankMardukas #bff #superdeepvoice #JJonahJameson #friendlyneighborhoodkungfumaster

We also have some “leaked” images of new characters.

This character is Mei Mei, the character to be voiced by Rebel Wilson.

This character is The Collector, the character to be voiced by Mads Mikkelsen. Appearently, this character is going to be one of the most formidable villains in the Kung Fu Panda franchise.

This character is apparently named Bao, but we have no official word.

Lastly, the most exciting of the news in my opinion, is we have some word on a teaser for Kung Fu Panda 3. According to some Tumblr users who saw an early screening of DreamWorks’ film Home, a teaser for the film played in front of the screening. Sounds really great!

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Genndy Tartakovsky No Longer the “Popeye” Director

Gennedy Tartakovsky revealed this week that he will no longer be directing Sony Animation’s Popeye film. He stated the following:

‘Popeye,’ at least, we put up a great screening, everybody really liked that sizzle, we got a positive reaction. I was in love with what we were doing, but I think the studio is going through changes and I don’t know if they want to make the ‘Popeye’ that I want to make. So they’ve got to make a decision. Right now, I’m off that project and moving on to the other one that we soft-announced, which is ‘Can You Imagine?’ which is an original idea of my own and a very personal story. It was hard to let ‘Popeye’ go, but that’s the business.

It’s sad to hear, but this kind of thing happens all the time. For instance, Bob Peterson of Pixar was taken off as director of The Good Dinosaur for the same reason. I hope to see Tartakovsky working well on his original project.

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“The Lego Movie Sequel” Will Take Place In a Dystopian World

Following a Lego Movie screening at the Santa Barbara Film Festival, directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller came out to have a Q and A session. Obviously, some questions regarding the sequel came up. Lord and Miller said that The Lego Movie Sequel will take place a little while after the original in a “weird, dystopian version of Bricksburg”. Along with this, they revealed that a new character would join the main characters in the sequel. Appearently, Emmet’s sister will join him (and most likely some of the other main characters of the original) in this dystopian setting. I’m excited to see where they take this sequel, especially because I loved the first one so much!

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That concludes this weeks Woody’s Roundup. Be sure to tune in each Saturday for a collection of next week’s animation news. Feel free to share your thoughts on this news in the comments below and please like this if you enjoyed it!