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Dan Barrett is an industry commentator & TV critic. He does radio - 4BC & ABC GC and co-hosts the Screen Watching podcast. He's a former Mediaweek deputy editor and content creator for SBS.
Big Mouth renewed, a Sweet Tooth series, and the fight for home media.
ABW is written by Dan Barrett who identifies as Sweet Tooth positive.
One of my favourite comic book series is the fantastic under-the-radar Vertigo series Sweet Tooth. Written and drawn by Jeff Lemire, it is an exceptionally dark, high concept post-apocalyptic story about the emergence of a new evolution of human - animal hybrid kids who are immune to a virus that killed a whole lot of people. After his human father dies, deer-hybrid kid Gus latches onto a former hockey player who is struggling to deal with the loss of his own family, with the two of them taking to the road together.
One also suspects that studios could reduce budgets dramatically if movies become less about wow-level event films on a big cinema screen.
The only studio who has been adamant that they’re happy with the current model is Disney, who control IP assets that are already hugely lucrative via home media. And that stronghold is only going to become stronger soon:
Publicly, Disney CEO Bob Iger has been a vociferous ally of the exhibition business. “We have a studio that is doing extremely well and a [release window] formula that is serving us really well in terms of its bottom line,” he said on the company’s most recent earnings call.
However, rival studios feel that Disney is being somewhat disingenuous. As the company prepares to launch its streaming service, Disney+, it is lining up several movies with healthy budgets that will forgo a theatrical release.
It joins a growing roster of adult animated series at Netflix that also includes BoJack Horseman, Paradise PD, F Is for Family, Hoops and Disenchantment. In fact, Netflix has had such success in the adult animation space that the streamer is launching its own animation studio. That will help eliminate costs affiliated with outsourcing the physical animation to third-party companies like Bento Box (which handles animation for series including Paradise PD and Hoops).
While it’s as suspenseful as any Le Carré plot, it’s structured less around spy craft than around a series of seductions, overlapping and conflicting, that allow Park to indulge his fondness for moments of heightened melodrama.
The revival of animated series Young Justice is scheduled for January 4th on the DC Universe platform.
For all of the people moaning about the loss of Warners movie streaming service FilmStruck, hopefully they find value in the curated Criterion streaming service that has risen from FilmStruck’s ashes.
Anyone who has ever bought a video game tie-in to a big new Hollywood blockbuster will tell you that they wasted their money (the notable exception being Alien 3 for the SNES back in 1993, which I stand firm in saying it was awesome).
It’s hard not to have that firmly in mind in thinking about this Wreck It Ralph immersive VR experience.
"My Brilliant Friend" lives up to its adjective, creating such a rich, exquisitely rendered plunge into mid-20th-century Naples that it's difficult not to get totally sucked into the hardscrabble, small-village lives. Shot in Italian, after watching six of the eight episodes, there's not much to say but "fantastico."
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