If you watched cartoons in the 70s (like I obviously did), you will remember this classic Hanna Barbera cartoon.
It featured crazy (OK, Wacky) race cars and characters. Pretty simple idea. Really fun.
There are unforgettable characters like Penelope Pitstop, Dastardly and Muttley and the Anthill Mob.
Peugeot just released a cool commercial featuring these great machines and characters. Gotta love when a commercial produces content you WANT to see. Check it out in the link below.
Wacky Races Peugeot commercial
We’re wrapping up the broadcast season and the big 4 just had their upfronts, their presentations in NY to all the big ad buyers with their shows for next season.
ABC has posted all the trailers for their new shows. Some of them look really good.
Check out Agents of SHIELD (yes, of the Avengers), The Goldbergs and Mindgames. Those are excellent.
This is the best research you can do. It’s fun. You see what’s coming and you may even be inspired that your idea is probably better than some of these!
Agents of SHIELD
Maybe that’s what we did when we took our kids to an event by Laika about the making of Paranorman.
Here’s an article I wrote about it that’s on the cover of AWN.com. (animation world network)
I’m sure many of you are feeling the same way we are today. It’s hard to concentrate on work with the bombings, shootouts, and factory explosions going on.
All the action in Boston (which feels like an intense version of the series 24) had me glued to the set all morning. It’s hard not to watch it all day as things are changing so fast, but the show must go on.
I was talking to one of my artists this morning, the amazing Alex Saviuk, who is on his way to Boston for the Boston Comicon. He was stepping off the plane in Atlanta when we were speaking and the announcement came that they had just closed the airport in Boston.
Anyone else having these concentration issues? #BostonUncommon
I was part of last night’s webinar webcast and I wish to thank both you and Max for a really exceptional learning experience. You both obviously know your stuff and you know how to impart that knowledge in a way that’s in-depth, entertaining, and memorable. That’s a pretty rare gift. I came to know of the webinar via LinkedIn and I’m very pleased that I did.
Thanks again for an excellent evening, Mark. I learned an awful lot and more importantly, I learned how much I don’t know. That’s the part I find most intriguing. I wish you and your wife, Jeanne continued success.
All The Best
Maybe, but it was a great event. We had a lot to cover and shared tons of stories.
Here’s a note we got from Cole Nairn, so we know it was worth the late night:
Great webinar tonight with Max Howard and Mark Simon on pitching animation. It was 3 1/2 hours and chock-full of great information!!! Really nice to be online with knowledgeable, experienced professionals. I am now beat. Sweet Dreams, Everyone!
Sweet dreams indeed. It took a while for me to wind down after last night, but I slept like a baby.
I worked with Jonathan Winters years ago in LA. I was designing a series of Stove Top Stuffing commercials. This was over 25 years ago.
Jonathan was in his Grandma character and was the funniest person I had ever worked with.
N. Lee Lacy was directing the spot and as soon as he would call ‘Cut’, Winters would start cracking jokes. It was non-stop all day.
In fact, none of us wanted to work. We were all laughing so hard we didn’t want to miss his next joke, so little was getting done.
Lacy finally had to ask Winters to leave the set between takes or we never would have gotten through the day.
Absolutely the funniest day of working in my life. I cherish having had that opportunity to work with him.
I just read the press release about Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Sounds cool. I love that we’ll see more of Agent Coulson.
But something funny hit me when I read part of the release. It said this was Marvel’s first live-action TV series.
Really? I seem to remember the live-action HULK series pretty damn well. I wonder what Lou Ferrigno would think about that?
What about The Amazing Spider-Man from 1977 that ran for 2 seasons?
What about the Captain America live-action series from 1979?
How quickly they forget! Of course, the Captain America and Spider-Man series probably should be forgotten. They sucked.
Yesterday was both a happy day and a sad day in both the Simon house and the Sell TV offices.
Sad, because is the season finale of The Walking Dead. What happened to….(not gonna give it away!) At least we know it’s coming back next season.
Happy, because Game of Thrones new season premiered last night. Slower episode than we had hoped, but great stories and lots of stuff being set up.
We love that new shows premiere all year round. Not only because there’s always something to look forward to (tons of great shows premiering in the next month), but also because it means the networks are buying concepts year-round. YEAH!
What series premieres are you looking forward to?
The creator of Clarissa Explains It All is about to come out with a new book about his popular character, Clarissa.
Why do we care? We care because Jeanne was one of the producers of this groundbreaking show on Nickelodeon. She lived all things Clarissa for years.
I’m curious if Nickelodeon is a part of the book or if Mitchell had retained rights to other formats of the character, such as books. He was pretty damn smart the way he set up his deal, so nothing would surprise me.
If you are young enough to remember Clarissa, you will probably be interested in more info on the new book, Things I Can’t Explain.