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  1. (Long) Hot take: Looking back at Mr. Enter's indiegogo campaign for Growing Around, I feel kinda bad for its failure, primarily because of the general response that it got. While I can agree that it felt too ambitious, I've seen some people criticizing it for being mismanaged and because of Mr. Enter's little to no experience in the entertainment industry field.

    Enter was completely honest and clear about the project that he was pitching, and he was also mature about answering some questions people had about the campaign. In no way did Enter make his campaign look like a scam nor did he antagonize those who didn't support it nor saw the failure of his campaign as a flat-out failure.

    He was passionate about trying to reach out to his viewers to help realize his vision, and yet some people still called him out for how he presented his campaign because...he's Mr. Enter. He over-analyzes cartoons so therefore we just can't take him seriously.

    I was turned off by Butch's OAXIS campaign because I thought it felt insincere, and it really showed once the truth came out. He had also expressed that people who haven't done anything of their own aren't worth his time. Most of us called him out for this and yet Mr. Enter still gets shunned despite that he's developing something of his own and wants to at least earn enough for his campaign so he could realize part of his vision by completing a pilot episode. 

    I'm speaking as someone who has made crappy animated episode reviews ages ago on TV.com, while still getting around and talking about my acquired knowledge of animation and its industry as well as, of course, analyzing cartoons. I'm also speaking as someone who is still on his way of getting his Associate's in art so he can eventually study abroad in animation although while not being very skilled in drawing - or at least that's how he feels.

    If you think that I shouldn't feel bad about not having enough experience in the art/animation field, then that's the point I'm making about why I respect Mr. Enter for making a campaign so he could perhaps then be able to share his passion project, despite having little to no experience in art or working in entertainment.

    1. Prime Jedi

      Prime Jedi

      Agreed. While I don't like Mr. Enter, and thought that his campaign didn't make much sense, I wish (and still kinda hope) that he would be able to make the series. I understand that many didn't like his premise for the series, and I thought it was kinda meh, it was still something he was passionate about, and everyone's gotta start somewhere. Also, I feel bad, because he got borderline harassed for it like all over Youtube, and he didn't deserve that.

    2. Clappy

      Clappy

      We talked about this on Discord yesterday and it's quite easy to see why this project of his didn't take off.  The fact that he requested $350,000 is incredibly asinine.  I'm not against people living their dreams.  Everyone should follow them, including Mr. Enter.  But there is no way in hell he should be requesting THAT much money from his fans.  Not only because he doesn't have the following he once did, his peak popularity has long since passed.  But even if he was still in his prime popularity phase, no chance in hell would he even have the following to raise that amount of money.

      Yeah we can rag on Butch Hartman all we want for being a piece of shit and his true colors coming out the way it did during his OAXIS fundraising, but name recognition played a huge part in him reaching his goal amount.  He, at least used to, have millions and millions of fans.  Enter, even at his peak, would be lucky to have even a tenth of that.  Also, after watching the trailer for said campaign, he had sketches of what things would look like.  Actual animation at one point in that trailer would have gone a long way in showing what he had planned for the long scheme of things.

      Like I said, he should follow his dream.  But he should have aimed for more realistic goals.

  2. Steel Sponge

    Artists/Bands You Don't Support For Reasons Besides The Music

    I could've made a post on here earlier, but I knew I've had to wait before someone like Nugs would make his point across and even make me learn a few things about 6ix9ine and XXXTentacion. Not just musicians, but celebrities doing or having done nefarious things behind the scenes is something that comes up all the time. If there's a particular musicial artist or group that I do not support for their music nor for their well-being, my best example would be that a singer's characteristics would also show in the music that they make. I could name a good chunk of post-grunge acts and call it a day, but I'm going with the strongest example of that type: Puddle of Mudd. I've always hated Puddle of Mudd's music, especially when it comes to a select few songs where the singer antagonizes an ex-lover. Wes Scantlin has a pretty good laundry list of run-ins with the law, more-so than Kodak and XXX even. A few of the most notorious things that Wes got arrested for include one time, alongside with his ex-fiancee, for domestic violence, twice for the same felony for reportedly dragging his ex-wife around, for destroying a patio with a buzz saw, belonging to one of his neighbors, and just recently last year for attempting to smuggle a gun at an airport. I'm not treating these things like it's somehow the singer's mode of operations, but still, these things very much happened. Beside acts like Puddle of Mudd, there are times where I can't support the music from an act no matter if I tried to get into it. Even if I ignore the fact that the frontman of Lostprophets is a sex offender to a massive degree, I still can never see myself enjoying anything from Lostprophets.
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    The Spyro series

    I'm just going to make some of OMJ's words my own here. I can wait another few months. I've had the feeling that Toys for Bob wouldn't finish the game by the release date, I can tell that they're taking all the time that they need to finish the trilogy. Considering that the N. Sane Trilogy wasn't released during the exact 20th anniversary month/year of Crash Bandicoot, I feel Reignited didn't have to be released on the week or month of the Spyro franchise's 20th anniversary. What I'm really hoping right now is that the third game doesn't turn out too botched or unfinished by the time the entire trilogy is released.
  4. First bad episode: Sleepy Time First terrible episode: I Was a Teenage Gary (Mind you, this is #2 on my bottom 25) Yeah, bombard this post with 'confused'/'wow' reactions (or also 'sad' reactions lol), but I am expressing my own opinion.
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    Episode or Episode (Any Cartoon Edition)

    That's No Lady. Help Wanted or Tommy's First Birthday?
  6. Most recent review from Todd, and hopefully it's worth some discussion that I thought it should be. In quite a while, it's one of the best reviews that I've seen from Todd in the Shadows. He's really on-point with his commentary and humor, delivery some good jokes like the bit where he mocks the awful, awful songwriting on "What I Want," and one bit where he, at one point, describes Gary Cherone's singing voice as it "sounds like something you'd play if you wanted to scare raccoons out of your yard."
  7. Steel Sponge

    Wreck-it Ralph sequel officially announced

    I gaev my mummy a cake she turns into big beear my ode maen tried to do yer ein and if dat's not pure mess I don't know wa is. With all seriousness, I can see that Disney is still trying to show us how much world-building they can do with this film. Still worried about it becoming predominantly style over substance, but I'm even still stoked to see it regardless.
  8. Steel Sponge

    What'cha Listening To?

    Everybody Wants to Rule the World - Tears for Fears
  9. Steel Sponge

    Back at the Barnyard

    A bit of a hit or miss show for me. I don't remember quite a lot from it, so I can't say if I felt that it aged well into its time, because the movie that this is based off of didn't.
  10. Sora, you're lucky.

    Looks like my summer vacation is....

    ...over.

    1. SpongeNicko

      SpongeNicko

      That's a bummer. I'm lucky that I still have two weeks.

  11. Steel Sponge

    Unpopular opinions you have

    Giving the greenlight to Fanboy and Chum Chum over Adventure Time is not the biggest mistake that Nickelodeon has ever made. To compare how Cartoon Network has made the show last long enough for the creator to express the complete vision that he had for it to how a good chunk of Nickelodeon's shows have only lasted 1-3 seasons go to show that even if Nick did greenlight the show, they would've cancelled Adventure Time short and it would've been a bigger mistake on their part. Granted, one of Nickelodeon's actual biggest mistakes was cancelling El Tigre after one season.
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    Cyma Zarghami Stepping Down As President Of Nickelodeon

    *2 months later lol* If you guys know me well, I am absolutely not one to wish for CEOs/presidents of a certain network to be fired just because I believe they're not doing a good job in their role of leadership, and to know very well that CEOs/presidents cannot actually get fired because a lot of people believe they're not doing a good job in running the network, as the decision is only at the hands of the bosses of the boss. Looking back at all this baggage that was revealed about Cyma, I can finally go around to say that I'm not upset about her resignation at all. A new figurehead leader for Nickelodeon was long overdue, and it's so upsetting to learn that the creator of Constant Payne got screwed over by Cyma and her post-9/11 mindset, as well as so much more beyond that. I mean, Cyma being native to Iran might speak some lengths, but the fact that she bypassed legal trouble while as an executive should've meant that she wouldn't be fit for the role as president. Even as president, her leadership brought the network into a pretty bad light. The so-called 'SpongeBob Principle' dates back to the early days of Cyma's presidency and the more often that Cyma was screwing over Nicktoons shows, the clearer it is that Nickelodeon became more reliant on landing big hits than making the brand itself the main marketing aspect of Nickelodeon. Nickelodeon had oversaturated Rugrats and SpongeBob long before the days of Cyma's presidency, but 'Nicktoons' used to play a large role in Nick's marketing. Up until recently, it wasn't like that anymore. Micah Wright, I can see pretty clearly that he tells no lies about Cyma's work at Nickelodeon. I felt like I could argue with some points he made because I thought at first that the rants were a combination of his own words and the words from the dude that runs Rise and Fall of Nickelodeon. It was probably just that I was tired of hearing the same comments about the state of Nickelodeon where it's like "Nick needs to die." "No wait, it's actually improving." "No, the quality is still declining." Once again, Michah has made some good enough points. What he said about Nickelodeon suddenly being about cutting corners, the same can easily be said about the television industry in general. Companies these days are worried about their respective networks going bankrupt, so they have to compete to stay firm with their television ratings. As long as most big name networks like Nickelodeon still keep up with this strategy, this might as well still be the state of the channel. With Nickelodeon having to find a new president for its company, I'm afraid that I might already know the outcome: we instantly become accustomed to the new president, something unsettling happens during the new era, fans immediately point the blame to him/her for not doing the job he/she should be doing so well at, and indirectly beg for Viacom to have him/her fired. In other words, whoever takes up the position, I fear that some people will treat that the person the same as Christina Miller and somehow paint the president to be worse than Cyma. Perhaps if the new president mismanages the network in some nasty ways, I won't warm up to him/her, but one thing I'd hope to see from Nickelodeon, once it experiences complete managerial changes, is that it improves its work environment and marketing strategy.
  13. Steel Sponge

    Episode or Episode (Any Cartoon Edition)

    Imaginary Gary. Best Day Ever or The List (Hey Arnold!)?
  14. Steel Sponge

    Episode or Episode (Any Cartoon Edition)

    My Leg! Ink Lemonade or Imposter's Home for Um... Make 'Em Up Pals (going with a 'lesser of two evils' type of route with this one)
  15. This feels like it was made to make us forget that Crash and Bernstein existed.
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