"Hanna-Barbera" and "expensive" do not belong in the same sentence. Their Saturday Morning cartoons were so cheaply made that they were mocked by the industry.
Here's how I parsed it:
First idea/statement: In the world of animated TV, The Simpsons may be the last of its kind, an expensive, high-touch, slow-paced production.
Second idea/statement: built on formulas dating back to Walt Disney and Hanna-Barbera.
It's interesting they've mentioned discontinued software from ToonBoom. I thought they would be using a full blown Harmony by now or DigiCel Flipbook, at least for animatics.
If code compiling couldn't be automated, the people tasked with performing ASM translation would eventually become extremely skilled at it... to a point where it might seem impossibly magical to the rest of us.
Ha ha I think that's very clearly the wrong meaning of that abbreviation.
Generally, an OEM is the company that makes a part that is marketed by another company typically as a component of the second company's product
By the eighth season for sure, there was even in-show acknowledgement, that the characters were becoming over-developed and being painted into unimaginative corners by established and beloved continuity, while simultaneously being victimized by groupthink, in the Poochie episode . That was probably the last "good" episode, in my humble opinion.
Also, in season 8, with the airing of the Guatemalan Insanity Pepper episode , I found that more episodes were frequently disappointing and unfunny, including that episode, and I tuned out.
If you often find yourself in conversations about "best simpsons vs downfall" you owe it to yourself to check out The Dead Homer's Society manifesto. One of the author's greatest articles is on what he calls "zombie simpsons".
Ultimately the discussion comes down to taste but Dead Homer's produces a very convincing argument behind his opinion.
I think Behind the Laugher is the last truly good episode. That's a deeply unusual format, of course. I'd count Homer Simpson vs. the City of New York as the last truly good normal episode. I mark the decline as the beginning of season 9. I think season 8 holds up as well as any. I think I've seen others draw the line as late as season 13ish, and as early as around season 4.
I still watch every episode multiple times, but Im just chasing the dragon.
By season 15 I was pretty much no longer a fan. I only got to see a few from 16 and pretty much stopped there.
I actually still see once in a while the old episodes and it's fascinating to see how many layers of pop culture, puns and obscure references to the arts and other refined subjects were able to put in a episode, all while keeping the stupid-funny-haha kind of jokes (like Homer's stupidity).
Also, I found incredible how they could have such funny and "offensive" (By the standards of the time) episodes and also such moving ones, like when Homer meets his mom again... the ending on that one is just pure feelings.
I really am sorry how the simpsons kept going just for the sake of it. They lost the show's soul at least a decade or more ago. They should have euthanized the show a long time ago.. :(
Also, the turning point in the series is often thought to be when Homer was raped by a Panda bear. For years it was pure rubbish after that.
It probably wasn't the first bad episode, but I remember really disliking the one that starts off with Bart getting chased by a dog ("The Lastest Gun in the West").
AKOM was founded in 1985 by Nelson Shin, the one who came up with the special effects of the original lightsaber in Star Wars Episodes 4, 5, 6.
Here's an interview with him by CNN in 2007. I remember watching the video on youtube while back but cannot find it now. But here's the text of the interview.
And this in the interview caught my attention.
I went to the States in 1971. When I arrived in U.S. at that time, the three major networks -- ABC, CBS and NBC -- started Saturday morning shows on a very large scale for children. This was a new movement in U.S. to bring the animation industry to life, but also to educate the children through this. But despite this large movement, there were no people who could actually work on the animation, which is why most of the work went to Taiwan, Korea and Japan. So because of this reason it may seem that Korea was playing a large role in the animation industry, but a lot of the animators in Korea actually started off by learning and working for these American shows.
Star Wars. Simpsons. Who knew?
Why? Don't they have printers in South Korea?
No it's not, it's hand drawn using Toon Boom Harmony. They offshore to South Korea in a similar fashion to The Simpsons. Sometimes they'll use cel-shaded CGI for static and complex objects (which The Simpsons do as well), but character animation is all regular 2D cel.
South Park is animated in Maya, but it's really the style of animation that makes South Park so quick to produce rather than the fact it's CGI (lots of CG animation is equally as time consuming as 2D cel).