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Animation is one of the best mediums to educate and entertain the children. The effects of these animations also last forever on your child’s memory. It is true because, I do remember the animated series, which I used to watch as a kid. There are numbers of the animated series, which I grew up watching and all are my favorites, but today I would like to discuss The Road Runner Show. This animated series was one of the most hilarious ones among all.
The Road Runner Show premiered on television in 1966. It was a compilation of short classic stories. The protagonists were Wile E. Coyote and The Road Runner. The story was about a desert in South- West U.S., where the continuous struggle of Wile E. Coyote of catching The Road Runner (a bird) never ends. Coyote never succeeded in his attempt to catch The Road Runner, while the latter always succeeded in destroying the mission of his predator. Though the repeated episodes were aired on TV till 2001, the original series ended in 1973.
The first two seasons from 1966 to 1968 was aired on the CBS. From 1971, this animated series was aired on the ABC. This animated anthropology was aired without any cut on the ABC channel. The series was followed by two other stories, one of Sylvester and Tweety, while the other story had different cartoon characters. The plot of these stories was the same and based on prey and predator struggle for survival.
Chuck Jones and Michael Maltese were the animation creators who created these cartoon characters. Jones once said that he had created these duo animation characters as a parody of the famous cartoon series Tom & Jerry. This was the reason why Coyote and The Road Runner’s fight for survival never ended.
The show aired on ABC till 2000 and later on Globe TV. The success of this animated series resulted in the making of various video games. In fact, 48 cartoons have been created on these duo animation characters, Wile E. Coyote and The Road Runner. After the series, these two characters were made into seven 3D short movies, three of them were Warner Bros. Features while the others were released as a segment for The Looney Tunes Show.
Though decades have been passed and animation has developed tremendously since this animated comedy series ended, but I still prefer watching its repeated episodes again and again. The field of animation can be your destination and a way for a brighter future. All you have to do is choose an animation course from a good institute.
Our childhood witnessed many fictional animated series and TaleSpin was one of them. This animated series was about the famous character from The Jungle Book, Baloo. In this series, Baloo was a pilot in his own company Baloo’s Air Service in a fictional city called Cape Suzette situated in Usland (a fictional country too), where he met an orphan boy named Kit Cloudkicker. Kit was an air pirate and helped Baloo as a navigator. The story revolves around the strong relationship between these two.
Released on 5th May, 1990, this series lasted for only two seasons (65 episodes) and ended on 8th August, 1991. Like every animated series, TaleSpin has also some untold stories which are as follows:
- Phil Harris, who was the original voice of the Baloo from The Jungle Book was replaced by Ed Gilbert due to the age factor. He was called for the first voice over, but due to his age (85 years), he couldn’t deliver the same voice of Baloo as he did in The Jungle Book film (1967).
- Apart from Baloo, characters like Sher Khan and Louie were also taken from The Jungle Book. They got a little makeover through the new costumes.
- This series was a rush project, developed by Jymn Magon and Mark Zaslove on a short notice from Disney for the creation of a 30 minute animated series to fill up afternoon schedule. Though, this series was released in May, it became regular on channels from September 1990.
- Though the whole series was fictional, the aircraft Conwing L-16 (named Sea Duck) was a close resemblance of the real Fairchild C-82 transport and Grumman HU-16 amphibian.
- The status of the owner of Baloo’s air craft service Rebecca Cunningham was kept complicated. Initially, her relationship was supposed to be a divorcee, but the animators decided to leave on the audiences to assume her relationship status.
This Disney creation was one of the famous animated series of 1990s, which was later made into video games too. Disney also released its whole series in 3 volumes. The controversial episode “Flying Dupes” was also released in its 3rd volume, which wasn’t aired on the television.
These interesting fictional animations have persuaded many students to take animation as a career. In fact the field of animation has become one of the most flourishing fields and opened up a number of job opportunities for the animators; be a part of this creative field by opting for animation courses offered by Hi Tech Animation institute in Kolkata.
The Indian animation industry has come a long way from the day when the first animation movie, The Banyan Deer was released in 1957. People don’t look down upon us as mediocre animators anymore. Many famous movie`s animation or special effects are done here in India. Life of Pi is one such example. Animation is a huge untapped market, which is in developing stage. It needs to be carefully guided or else it will fail in spite of having brilliant technicians, as it did happen in the Philippines. Animation is an art which requires hard work and discipline
Earlier the quality of the animation in India was not up to the mark. The number of releases was also very less. The animation level has gone up and is now at par with the world. We are now witnessing an increase in the number of animated movies and Tv series. The market for it is quite huge. Children are not their main audience anymore. The masses love animated series. Chota Bheem, Little Krishna, Motu Patlu are some of the recent successful animated TV series. One can clearly say that gone are the days when only foreign animated series would run in India.
In the late 90`s, the children had few options when it came to animated series. But, now the time has changed. They have many channels to choose from for watching animated series. They are the king of the market as they are spoilt for choices. There is an intense competition in the market for TRP`s. Every now and then, a new animated series comes up. So, the people concerned have to innovate and come up with suitable changes in their series.
There are few concerns for the Indian animation industry. It takes a while for an animated series to get a following. The production company should give it some time. The animation sectors require tax exemptions which will help them financially. With ever improving animation quality, people are slowly but steadily getting attracted towards the Indian animated series. The rise in the number of satellite channels has certainly helped the cause. India has a very rich culture which is full of stories. This can be the untapped source from which many new series can be created. All it requires is a bit more organized efforts.
One can definitely say that the future of animation in India is bright and secure. There are huge growth prospects which should be milked properly. With many big corporate powerhouses investing in this sector, work opportunities with a good budget (which was a constraint) are coming up. It won’t be long when India will be a powerhouse in the animated series genre.