Imagi Reminds Us: Everything's A-Okay

Topic started by gia on Feb. 25, 2009. Last post by NovidAnon 5 years, 7 months ago.
Post by gia (3,032 posts) See mini bio Level 13
For the most part we left off the tale of Imagi's sudden temporary shut-down when they picked back up and got the bridge funding they needed to move themselves (and their current project, the Astro Boy CG film) forward in a timely fashion.


But in case you were still worried, Variety reports that Imagi has returned to its fully-funded self and that Astro Boy and its other upcoming projects, Gatchaman and Tusker, are completely on track, and that there was realy barely a blip in Astro Boy's trajectory.


Which brings me to a question! Which is preferable: a company like Imagi, that keeps us fully informed (and possibly over-informed for those who feel inundated), or a company like Kadokawa, who never talks about what's going on behind the scenes even if something goes wrong?


(EDIT: And before I forget, ANN spotted this preview of IDW's new Astro Boy comic covers. Sweet!)

Post by OkazukiIchigo (350 posts) See mini bio Level 11
Imagi I guess, even though I have a great laugh at Kadokawa about their marketing and all.
Post by Devilly (5,329 posts) See mini bio Level 10
gia said:
"Which brings me to a question! Which is preferable: a company like Imagi, that keeps us fully informed (and possibly over-informed for those who feel inundated), or a company like Kadokawa, who never talks about what's going on behind the scenes even if something goes wrong?"
I would cry :( but its good to know that we will still be seeing that movie :)
Post by transgojobot (122 posts) See mini bio Level 2
I'm not so certain "blogging/twittering" about the ups and downs of your multi-million dollar project is such a good idea. How do you encourage potential investors to cut a check, if every other week something terrible/awesome has happened? I feel like the next logical step for Imagi is to have a 24/7 live webcam of their in-house studio (i.e. "See! We have people working hard all day and night on Astro Boy!")

This news item kind of reminds me when ADV Films went dead silent on their catalogue troubles because the Sojitz/ARM deal was circling the drain. Fans and retailers alike were practically screaming for them to say something (anything!) about what was going on.

However, I believe if ADV Films had issued any kind of comment, even of the "no comment island Japan" variety, they may have risked undermining whatever tense negotiations they had going on.
Post by gia (3,032 posts) See mini bio Level 13
transgojobot: It's nice to see that someone appreciates the complexities of public relations. Most people think of it as just trying to spin bad news as good and covering up the doings of naughty executives =P
Post by NovidAnon (82 posts) See mini bio Level 6
Im becoming very worried however about this whole ordeal with Astro Boy. Imagi just has very bad business practices right now, and putting up a blog in order to calm some of the friends of the TAG Union (i.e. the animators union) isn't going to cut the mustard with me. Laika with less money has created a damn great film in Corline and never ONCE had a major problem or needed a blog to placate the populace. You cannot tell me with so many folk leaving this project, so much money thrown in that it's going to be any sort of success. Im really really worried because this is the BIG Anime Franchise and only in this decade it has been treated HORRIBLY in the states.
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