The industry has a serious, serious problem with its treatment of animation. The Oscars incorrectly declared that animation was just something for kids to enjoy and adults to endure during this year’s broadcast, Hollywood A-listers continue to take away opportunities from experienced voice-over artists in animated features, and now streamers are shipping series animated to a void out of thin air as a means of writing them off on their taxes. The entire entertainment industry is treating the world of animation like a public school that is cutting arts programs to make way for a new football field.
“Tig ‘n Seek” art director Levon Jihanian took Twitter, imploring people to watch the show, saying this is probably the last chance. “Probably won’t air anywhere else. Absolutely infuriating,” she wrote.
If you’re my friend and you haven’t been able to see Tig N’ Seek yet, this is your last chance. It probably won’t air anywhere else. Absolutely irritating. https://t.co/EPHJsl5Teo
— Levon Jihanian (@ForkFrenzy) August 18, 2022
Marie Lum, storyboard artist and revisionist for “Aquaman: King of Atlantis” and “Infinity Train” tweeted “please watch our cartoons before [they’re] removed this week. I see almost my entire cartoon career being removed from these lists, which is crazy.” He ended his post with a heartfelt message: “thanks for watching and supporting the things we do with love.”
Please watch our cartoons before they are removed this week. I see pretty much my entire cartoon career getting wiped out here on these lists, which is crazy. thanks for watching and supporting the things we do with love https://t.co/gwbKCLOdVY
— Marie Lum 林 ♿ (@PuccaNoodles) August 18, 2022
Perhaps most dishearteningly, many of the originals on HBO Max will be lifeless after they’re removed from the platform. The idea that Warner Bros. Discovery would let one of its competitors pick up a show like “Tig n’ Seek,” “Infinity Train” or “Close Enough” is unlikely. Other shows like “Summer Camp Island” were set to launch a new season that sadly will now never see the light of day.
Today is a bleak day for animators and animation fans, and it’s hard not to think this could have been avoided if the industry had some respect for the people and projects that represent one of the most beloved mediums in all of entertainment.