Everyday I wake up knowing that no matter how many lives I protect, no matter how many people call me a hero, someone even more powerful could change everything. | The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
don’t be fuckin rude
This hurts my soul
That last kid in green speaks the damn truth
I feel so old right now
nvdjhnvbjknbgjhdf okay I have been waiting FOREVER for some screenshots or production visuals for Disney TV’s new upcoming cartoon Star and the Forces of Evil and now we finally have some!
Mercury Filmworks, who does the animation for many Disney Channel cartoons such as Fish Hooks, Wander Over Yonder, and the new Mickey Mouse shorts, among many other cartoons outside of the channel, has posted a production reel on vimeo featuring these clips from the show, found HERE.
Here is what we have on the show so far, from the Disney Wiki:
"Star and the Forces of Evil is an upcoming American animated television comedy produced by Disney Television Animation for Disney Channel. The series is set to air in fall 2014.
The show was created by Daron Nefcy (storyboard revisionist of Wander Over Yonder), the first woman to create an animated series for Disney Channel. Dave Wasson will serve as director and Jordana Arkin as story editor, while both will also co-executive produce the series. This will also mark the debut of Kevin Barron’s first acting and voice acting role in which critics praise him for his amazing skills.”
After having skirmished with a number of dangerous monsters, Star Butterfly arrives on Earth to live with the Diaz family. However, rather than living a normal life, Star continues on having to battle villains both throughout the universe and in their high school, although if only to protect her extremely powerful wand, an object which she is still confused with.
Star Butterfly (Eden Sher), a magic teenage princess whom is sent to Earth to live with the Diaz family by her parents.
Marco Diaz (Adam McArthur), the teenage son of the Diaz family. When Star arrives on Earth, she takes him on adventures to fight evil villains.
Keith Blake (Kevin Barron), a Texas native who moves to Beverly Hills to pursue an acting career but soon has problems when Star and Marco take him to the dark side.
ALRIGHT before I go into detail about my opinion of this show right now, I just want to say this.
LOOK. AT THESE. BABS.
LOOK AT THESE CUTE FUCKING BABIES.
THESE DESIGNS ARE SO CUTE I JUST. AH.
I was worried the art style for this show was going to look unappealing or even gross, but I am relieved and I’m already in love with these two. I MEAN JUST LOOK AT THEM. THEY’RE A TOTAL BADASS DORK DUO IF THEY’RE GONNA HANG MOST OF THE SHOW.
These shots are more than likely from the pilot they did given the screenshot on Mercury’s official website looks more refined, but either way, this is the basis of their designs, and they are CUTE AS HECK.
Okay, now I’ve been excited for this show since it’s announcement of being greenlit. Now that we know Mercury will be behind this show’s animation, I have no worry that it will be visually stunning. With the fantastic, fluid and beautifully animated work they’ve done for Wander and FH, I have no doubt that this show will be phenomenal in the area of animation. Just take a look at the gifs above! The expressions and smooth movement and everything dudes!
I mentioned this a few months back, but I’ll say it again. The fact that Daron Nefcy is going to be the first woman to have created a cartoon for Disney Channel just makes this show all the more appealing. Like Rebecca Sugar with Steven Universe on Cartoon Network, Nefcy will be revolutionizing the industry by giving us a cartoon on Disney Channel I’m sure will be great in story direction and character.
And the lady’s graduated from CALARTS, bros. CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF THE ARTS. FOUNDED BY WALT DISNEY HIMSELF!! That would be one of the most prestigious art colleges for majoring in animation in the entire world. With an 8% acceptance rate you have to be a GOD of the arts and storytelling among men to get in there. Craig McCracken- creator of PPG, Fosters & WOY, as well as Alex Hirsch- creator of Gravity Falls, Lauren Faust- creator of Friendship is Magic, and Pendleton Ward- creator of Adventure Time & Bravest Warriors, have all graduated from there! All whose wonderful creations have been a huge success! That means this lady is brilliant if she went there, and she already has experience with this since she helped with storyboards for Wander, which has been a huge success both critically and commercially (and by fandom if I may mention that!!).
Another really important thing: the lead protagonist is female. While she is a princess, she’s a crime-fighting princess. AND an outerspace crime-fighting princess. Specifically fighting alien evils, she ventures alongside her sidekick who is MALE, and HISPANIC/LATINO!! Latinos will be represented by a lead in this show! Look at his design and name!!
And I don’t know about you guys but the idea of a couple of kids, one of them being a MAGICAL GIRL and the other being HER GUY PAL TAGGING ALONG, having to fight aliens ‘n’ things across the universe sounds freaking amazing.
PLUS THESE TWO CHARACTERS WILL BE LIVING UNDER THE SAME ROOF IN THE SAME HOUSEHOLD AND THEY ARE IN THEIR TEEN YEARS AND THEY ARE UNRELATED. I really, really want to see how that plays out. And what kind of relationship they will have in the show?!
Of course there’s high school in it to appeal to more kids, but every other factor in this cartoon outweighs that rehashed concept. Where our lady Nefcy comes from, they are passionate about storytelling and storytelling done right, so she’s not going to screw it up. They are going to pull it off. Kim Possible? Proud Family anyone? Those were great using the same concept. Incredibly successful.
Again, Rebecca Sugar and Daron Nefcy will be revolutionizing cartoons by giving us shows with strong female leads, and letting businesses know that women can be just as powerful directors in the entertainment industry as men. This will not only give us cartoon appreciators something new and fresh, but also teach kids that not every girl in a cartoon has to impose the typical stereotype of being the damsel in distress or the weak popular snob.
I have high hopes for this show and I await further information on it. Let’s all give it a chance when it comes in the Fall. 8DD
AAAEEEEIIIIII! Me too! I’m expecting more stuff at the Gravity Falls panel since they said they’ll be talking about two new Disney animated shows coming soon.
William H. Foster III, comic book historian, on representation in comic books. From PBS’s Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle.
Because a post crossed my dash recently asking why we need to push for more representation in comic books and media in general. 50 years later, this man still tears up because in one panel, Peter Parker spoke to an unnamed black kid. That’s why we need representation.