Ponyo is coming out on the 14th of August, and despite being one of his better films - just like many of his works as soon as it comes state side - Miysaki's films have made art house numbers. Despite Pixar's prodding and planning (and unfortunately lack of coverage from this site and other anime sites on the actual dub director - I had to hear it from Variety and Variety doesn't do shit anymore ever since Nikki Finke has out scooped them many times and been looking for a suitor in around that time) I have my doubts how the movie is going to translate in a nation so infatuated with Wii, Miss Cyrus and Jonas (both families have kids who are the major voice actors in the movie). And no matter how beautiful the movie is, its still considered a second class issuance from the basis of many of the old guard of Disney and the TAG unions.
I wish i could tell you otherwise - But I will state this - the Industry is about to suffer a dislocation. I believed the correction for anime was over - and it is in a way - but since the fan-base has gotten rid of their intellectual leaders (not unlike the car Industry) and supported the perverted pirates - there is a sense that Disney and the rest can game the system both in Wall Street and Main Street and use what they have been doing for the past 40 years when it comes to animation - the nine old (heres the important part) "Nice honest American" men and there legacy continues in "The Princess and the Frog".
And they will succeed no matter what.
But when it comes this Genre they cant even figure out how to make success? Its really, really simple.
Disney has been out of touch for years. You can see based on the news reports and issues about "The Princess and the Frog". The reason Miss Cyrus and other productions have succeeded is the same reason Britney (Later on) and Annette Funichello did - Disney is great in making Icons and Symbology, but their MAIN story-lines have been the same for the past 70 years - give or take comic quirk that Disney (the man, not the company) added in the movies. That in and of itself isnt the worst thing in the world. But it does get tiresome.
One of 4Kids's great moments was anime's greatest moment. Pokemon's 80 Million dollar rise to fame. The whole animation world was bitterly stunned (the unions and the Major Kids Companies)... How can a small rag tag group out of the City that Never Sleeps, make Disney, Nick and Warner Brothers quake in their boots?
Looking back - it was simple. It was the same way Disney worked the media - it was at a time when we had the dot.com bubble and we needed a CEO that made sense. That Old media needed newer fresher looks. 4Kids put all the pieces and made a masterpiece - bringing anime out of the dumps and into a semi mainstream acceptance.
Today - All I hear is the same fans who came to the anime world (or some who completed that Journey) because of that movie - waiting to dance on the grave of the company they so now hate - at the same time hoping against hope that a company who never really looked at the Genre in a positive light (outside of Disney himself when it came to Tesuka) will make magic strike again.
It cant happen.
Its isn't really the fault of Disney nor the fault of 4Kids.
I kept saying this again and again but Im saying in terms that maybe, finally you can all understand.
How can you promote a Genre which fan-base is seen by the mainstream as perverted?
Its extremely difficult. In fact if one doesn't have the work ethic as Al Kahn - its nearly impossible. (and dont fucking tell me anybody else in the dubbing industry has that work ethic, because if they did Funi would be on Fox right now so yes - most of the people in leadership roles in the anime dubbing industry are lazy bums not unlike Madoff)
This is what they see - when Disney and those companies go to the anime conventions - their leaders are not dressed for success - that means they are not serious about what they want to promote - "No worries for us!" Their fans are honkies with no kids? Their ladies are dressed like whores - are you sure we arnt in Compton (CA) or Bankhead (GA)..."this is an animation convention?"
And the Executives sit there, call Best Buy and tell them all types of shit. Best Buy gets the orders - places Hanna Montana in the front of the video kiosk, where something like Major or a lesser known anime franchise is placed in the back.
Then, their researchers look at who is stealing tv shows - and once they see one piece on the list - that makes them worry even more. Then Time Article about 4Chan's moot and the whole like making yall look worse.
Then on top of this - transliteration - which I consider nothing more than Blackface Vaudeville resurrected in its most ugliest form (or better yet - the yellow man and his shifty ways) had made things really difficult between the people that support the fanbase and many elements of the base who have become leaders of the fanbase (the anon and the like)
I realized a long time ago - i stayed and dealt with all the crap and the name calling i took because along as 4Kids was there - there was some semblance of the goodness. They had good people in the company and they have been always nice to the people they dealt with.
But sadly, the anime fandom i have dealt with are so perverted, so lost so whatever the thing most critics say about mainstream society says about its youth - that i cant really stand here and say things are happy of what not. Its not.
See, I am an animation fan first and foremost. But this is just a big a crisis as anything that's happened in the animation world in recent years. Yes, theatrical has done well - but thats because the Unions only care about money and not protecting their workers, and has made deals that made the real unions (WGA and the rest) hate the TAG. But what i sense is when the Unions forget what they are for - something with commitment, with hope and utter American Grit will show up and shock them - The Union would say Union busting - but the interesting thing is that the Unions for GM own the company - and GM would have not have recovered somewhat if it wasn't for Cash for Clunkers. At best - The TAG union, despite the good people it has - is as many of what the WGA has stated they are - a Union for the Corporations and not its workers.
Its one of the many reasons why animation writers left the business. With them gone, there isn't that many writers out there pushing new ideas. 4Kids did hire some union writers - but it wasn't counted as such - but they had solid scripts (etc) for TMNT and the like.
Now with them being sold off or merged without the people that made 4Kids what it was - a great company - where would any new anime series - scratch that any new animated series become a hit?
See, Nick and Disney and CN have a war chest and they can afford (at this time mind you) to fail a million times. 4Kids had to get shows that had to be a hit out of the gate. But the anime fan-base didn't help matters, and the changing Kids Industry didn't help matters and the issues with the economic situation really didn't help matters.
But I think the real tragedy is that now, i feel anime in the US has lost its moral core. Disney can try and try but it will never had the right spots nor the right time to do what 4Kids did with Pokemon 10 years ago. And that I feel hurts not only this website - but every thing that deals with anime in the states now. And i feel that the racism was never in 4Kids offices. But in Arlong Park and the modern day fan-base and the transliteration crowd that is apart of this hobby. Its not a hobby (as a black man especially who still deals with questions about race even to this day) I want to deal with anymore. I loved the era i grew up in when it comes to Anime and the like - and the joy we had. But with age comes wisdom. And the wisdom let things pass and show and to divest is a more enlightened path than staying and fighting another 5 years with no results.
I don't know where I am going - but i realized that the perverted that hold this industry in cell i cannot fight against. They will always exist - but now they are much more powerful and prevalent. I stated to myself some time ago that - if 4Kids goes - I go. Things are in balance in the world and as one thing dies - a new thing comes along. I see the writing on the wall. Its not a happy picture. It might die - it might become a larger part of a changing Porn industry - but It will never be mainstream and never be at least somewhat respected as it was back then, because the perverts have won.
And it hurts me, but I have to take the best for this Genre (and maybe once in a while look at something new) and leave the bad behind. But when the bad overrides the good - its time to move on.
Im not sure if this is the end of the Queen Blog. I hope it isn't. But I dont hope much. Im just disappointed in most of you. From the webmaster of this wonderfully made site to the fans. I tried to convince you but it isn't enough. So im done trying to convince you guys. Im done being angry. I gonna move on with my life and hope for the best for the Genre.
Thats all that needs to be said.
NovidAnon - The Anon of the Internet signing off ... for how long?