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20th Feb '17 8:11:05 PM CosmicFerret
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* Creator/RichardGarfield spent a lot of time creating a variable-board racing game starring little robots that were controlled by programmed instructions set by their masters at the beginning of each round. But the heads of WizardsOfTheCoast thought they needed a quick money boost before they could put such a game into production, and asked Garfield to come up with something. He came back to them relatively quickly with a little card game that somewhat replicated a wizards' duel not unlike in D&D (even borrowing the Chromatic Dragons' colors of Red, White, Blue, Green, and Black for the game's energy-currency). These days, it's extremely hard to find someone under the age of 40 who ''hasn't'' at least heard of TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering, given how it's dominated the CollectableCardGame world since its inception & is lauded as important to modern popular tabletop gaming as DungeonsAndDragons, while ''very'' few people outside of the hardcore gaming community have heard of TabletopGame/RoboRally.

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* Creator/RichardGarfield spent a lot of time creating a variable-board racing game starring little robots that were controlled by programmed instructions set by their masters at the beginning of each round. But the heads of WizardsOfTheCoast thought they needed a quick money boost before they could put such a game into production, and asked Garfield to come up with something. He came back to them relatively quickly with a little card game that somewhat replicated a wizards' duel not unlike in D&D (even borrowing the Chromatic Dragons' colors of Red, White, Blue, Green, and Black for the game's energy-currency). These days, it's extremely hard to find someone under the age of 40 who ''hasn't'' at least heard of TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering, given how it's dominated the CollectableCardGame world since its inception & is lauded as important to modern popular tabletop gaming as DungeonsAndDragons, ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', while ''very'' few people outside of the hardcore gaming community have heard of TabletopGame/RoboRally.
13th Feb '17 1:52:40 PM DarkHunter
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** {{Lampshaded}} in ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'', when the host introduces the sequence based on "The Nutcracker Suite", he mentions that Tchaikovsky, the composer, did not consider it his best work, while it is unquestionably the most popular of all his compositions.
12th Feb '17 11:21:29 PM RacattackForce
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* Creator/JamesRolfe made amateur movies for most of his youth and intended to be become a film director himself. Between making these films, he also made ''WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd'' videos, but purely as a form of entertainment for his friends. Ironically enough, WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd video's launched his career and remain better known and loved than his amateur movies. He considers his best works to be ''Cinemassacre 200'', ''The Dragon in My Dreams'', ''Cinemaphobia'', ''The Legend of the Blue Hole'', and ''The Deader the Better'' to be the best of his literally hundreds of short films, but none of them are as recognized as the average AVGN episode.

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* Creator/JamesRolfe made amateur movies for most of his youth and intended to be become a film director himself. Between making these films, he also made ''WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd'' videos, but purely as a form of entertainment for his friends. Ironically enough, WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd video's launched his career and remain better known and loved than his amateur movies. He considers his best works to be ''Cinemassacre 200'', ''The Dragon in My Dreams'', ''Cinemaphobia'', ''The Legend of the Blue Hole'', and ''The Deader the Better'' to be the best of his literally hundreds of short films, but none of them are as recognized as the average AVGN episode.



* LetsPlay/{{Chuggaaconroy}}'s ''VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine'' Let's Play is one of his most popular works, and is widely credited with renewing public interest in a slightly obscure game that, prior to his LP, was considered [[BrokenBase divisive]] at best. However, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45dU3omG0OU&t=5m57s Emile has gone onto say that]] that he considers it one of his least favorites, due to him [[CreatorBreakdown going through a difficult time during it]] and [[StepfordSmiler faking a lot of his enthusiasm during the LP due to that]].

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* LetsPlay/{{Chuggaaconroy}}'s ''VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine'' Let's Play is one of his most popular works, and is widely credited with [[VindicatedByHistory renewing public interest in a slightly obscure game game]] that, prior to his LP, was considered [[BrokenBase divisive]] at best. However, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45dU3omG0OU&t=5m57s Emile has gone onto later went on to say that]] that he considers it one of his least favorites, favorite, due to him [[CreatorBreakdown going through a difficult time during it]] rough patch in his life]] and [[StepfordSmiler faking a lot of his enthusiasm during the LP due to that]].



* Creator/TexAvery, despite eventually becoming an animator, originally wanted to become a comic strip cartoonist. Most of his cartoons were made with the intention of eventually making that other career choice. Finally he was [[CreatorBreakdown so burned out that he gave up the animation business]] altogether and spent the final years of his life almost exclusively as an artist for TV commercials. Even when people lauded him with praise about his hilarious cartoons he always shied away. He never considered them to be that great and seldom gave interviews. He practically died in obscurity, despite his cartoons living on as examples of what Western animation is all about ([[WildTake wild takes]], [[BreakingTheFourthWall fourth-wall breaking jokes]], AmusingInjuries, jokes -- visual and verbal -- that [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar aren't appropriate for younger viewers or prudes]], lampshading [[IncrediblyLamePun corny gags]], [[TalkingAnimal talking animals]], etc).

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* Creator/TexAvery, despite eventually becoming an animator, originally wanted to become a comic strip cartoonist. Most of his cartoons were made with the intention of eventually making that other career choice. Finally he was [[CreatorBreakdown so burned out that he gave up the animation business]] altogether and spent the final years of his life almost exclusively as an artist for TV commercials. Even when people lauded him with praise about his hilarious cartoons he always shied away. He never considered them to be that great and seldom gave interviews. He practically died in obscurity, despite his cartoons living on as examples of what everything that defines Western animation is all about animation: ([[WildTake wild takes]], [[BreakingTheFourthWall fourth-wall breaking jokes]], AmusingInjuries, jokes -- visual and verbal -- gags that [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar aren't appropriate for younger viewers or prudes]], lampshading SelfDeprecating [[IncrediblyLamePun corny gags]], [[TalkingAnimal talking animals]], etc).etc.
12th Feb '17 11:10:31 PM RacattackForce
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* Yoshio Sakamoto wrote the story of ''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM'' so it would have the best story in the franchise and to make Samus a truly developed, rounded and sympathetic character. [[WordOfGod It was stated in interviews]] that he even cried when he saw some of the scenes of the game for the first time, showing how emotionally invested he was in the project. The result, however, was seen by much of the Western fanbase ([[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff which makes up the majority]] of ''Metroid'''s fans) as one massive CharacterDerailment of Samus, leading to an intensity negative reaction and the game ended up becoming a flop on the Western marked. While the reaction amongst the Japanese players, whom the game was obviously intended to draw in, was not nearly as negative and the game certainly sold better on that marked, the reception was still overall lukewarm at best and the sales ultimately fell short of Nintendo's expectations.

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* Yoshio Sakamoto wrote the story of ''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM'' single-handedly wrote''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM'' so it would have the best story in the franchise and to make Samus a truly developed, rounded and sympathetic character. [[WordOfGod It was stated in interviews]] that he even cried when he saw some of the scenes of the game for the first time, showing how emotionally invested he was in the project. He even went out of his way to choose and voice direct the English voice actors himself. The result, however, was seen by much of the Western fanbase ([[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff which makes up the majority]] of ''Metroid'''s fans) as one massive CharacterDerailment of for Samus, leading to an intensity intense negative reaction and the game ended up becoming a flop on in the Western marked. While the market. The reaction to the story amongst the Japanese players, whom the game was obviously intended to draw in, was not nearly as negative negative, and the game certainly sold better on in that marked, market...but the move away from the franchise's traditional {{Metroidvania}} roots to being a linear action game still meant that reception was still overall lukewarm at best and the that sales ultimately fell short of Nintendo's expectations.expectations. Though he didn't rule it out, Sakamoto has said that he has no plans to return to the franchise following the response to ''Other M''.
12th Feb '17 10:57:12 PM RacattackForce
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** After floundering in the 2000s, it's clear they had high hopes ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' would be the start of a Second Disney Renaissance (the first having been ''The Little Mermaid''), releasing it amid a wave of publicity and hype regarding its protagonist Tiana, the first black Disney Princess. The movie did well, but, thanks at least partly to being released in an absolutely ''brutal'' winter season (''Avatar,'' ''Sherlock Holmes,'' and the ''Alvin and the Chipmunks'' sequel were all released around the same time), it didn't do quite as well as Disney had hoped. The next two Disney Princess films, ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' and ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' on the other hand, while not disliked, each spent a long time in DevelopmentHell and dealt with heavy ExecutiveMeddling (hence the reason they aren't called ''Rapunzel'' and ''The Snow Queen'', due to the perception that a fairy-tale title cut the mass appeal) Despite that, they each did infinitely better at the box office and got the praise that ''Frog'' was aiming for.
* Creator/{{Dreamworks}} with ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'' to ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}''. The former was Katzenberg's baby, receiving all of the talent and money, while the latter was the discount animation project, with [[TroubledProduction production shut down several times]]. (In fact, the term "shreked" became a company term for someone who was sent to work on the film, presumably as punishment.) ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'' had much critical success and a fairly good box office return (it was [[OverlyNarrowSuperlative the highest grossing non-Disney 2D animated movie]] until ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie'' came out, so it's not like the movie did badly), while ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' became the company's CashCowFranchise (until ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' took that crown) ''and'' won the first ever Academy Award For Best Animated Feature! It also didn't help that ''Egypt'' was [[ExecutiveMeddling focus-grouped]] to death (naturally, given its potential controversy as a [[Literature/TheBible Bible]] adaptation), whereas ''Shrek'' [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar got a lot of stuff past special interest groups and critics]] because, literally, no one cared.

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** After floundering in the 2000s, it's clear they had high hopes ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' would be the start of a Second Disney Renaissance (the first having been ''The Little Mermaid''), releasing it amid a wave of publicity and hype regarding its protagonist Tiana, the first black Disney Princess. The movie did well, but, thanks at least partly to being released in an absolutely ''brutal'' winter season (''Avatar,'' ''Sherlock Holmes,'' and the ''Alvin and the Chipmunks'' sequel were all released around the same time), it didn't do quite as well as Disney had hoped. The next two Disney Princess films, ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' and ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' on the other hand, while not disliked, each spent a long time in DevelopmentHell and dealt with heavy ExecutiveMeddling (hence the ExecutiveMeddling[[note]]The reason they aren't called ''Rapunzel'' and ''The Snow Queen'', Queen'' is due to the perception that a fairy-tale title cut the mass appeal) appeal.[[/note]] Despite that, they each did infinitely better at the box office and got the praise that ''Frog'' was aiming for.
for. ''[[CashCowFranchise Frozen especially so.]]''
* Creator/{{Dreamworks}} with ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'' to ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}''. The former was Katzenberg's baby, receiving all of the talent and money, while the latter was the discount animation project, with [[TroubledProduction production shut down several times]]. (In fact, the term "shreked" became a company term for someone who was sent to work on the film, presumably as punishment.) ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'' had much critical success and a fairly good box office return (it return; it was [[OverlyNarrowSuperlative the highest grossing non-Disney 2D animated movie]] until ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie'' came out, so it's not like the movie did badly), while it can't be said to have been a failure. That said, ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' became the company's CashCowFranchise (until ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' took that crown) ''and'' won the first ever Academy Award For Best Animated Feature! It also didn't help that ''Egypt'' was [[ExecutiveMeddling focus-grouped]] to death (naturally, given its potential controversy as a [[Literature/TheBible Bible]] adaptation), whereas ''Shrek'' [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar got a lot of stuff past special interest groups and critics]] because, literally, no one cared.
12th Feb '17 10:53:46 PM RacattackForce
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* ''FanFic/{{Cupcakes}}'' is an extremely [[{{Gorn}} gory]] ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic that was written on a whim because the author wanted to see if it would actually get any attention. The result: a fanfic so infamous that reading it is more or less a pre-requisite for understanding many of the in-jokes and references in the Friendship Is Magic fandom. It's spawned an incredible number of spinoff fics, and later someone [[BlatantLies claiming to be one of the show's animators]] made a rather gruesome [[AscendedMeme music video]] based on the fic. The chances are very high that Creator/LaurenFaust, creator of the show, knows what ''Cupcakes'' is (though she's specifically stated she will never read it because her job requires her never to read fan-created material). Most [[PeripheryDemographic bronies]] might not even know that the author actually wrote more 'normal', more serious works that don't exactly get a ton of attention compared to Cupcakes.

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* ''FanFic/{{Cupcakes}}'' is an extremely [[{{Gorn}} gory]] ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic that was written on a whim because the author wanted to see if it would actually get any attention. The result: a fanfic so infamous that reading it is more or less a pre-requisite for understanding many of the in-jokes and references in the Friendship Is Magic fandom. It's spawned an incredible number of spinoff fics, and later someone [[BlatantLies claiming to be one of the show's animators]] made a rather gruesome [[AscendedMeme music video]] based on the fic. The chances are very high that Creator/LaurenFaust, creator show's staff is also more likely than not aware of it, as they often interact with the show, knows what ''Cupcakes'' is (though she's specifically stated she will never read it because her job requires her never to read fan-created material).community. Most [[PeripheryDemographic bronies]] might not even know that the author actually wrote more 'normal', more serious works that don't exactly get a ton of attention compared to Cupcakes.
12th Feb '17 10:51:01 PM RacattackForce
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* ''[[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW My Little Pony: Friends Forever #14]]'' was praised as "the most socially and politically conscious pony comic you ever read" within ''10 minutes'' of its release on author [[https://www.derpibooru.org/881300 Jeremy Whitley's twitter]] who fiercely defended it and even blocked the author of [[http://www.horse-news.net/2015/03/comic-writer-wanted-racial-politics.html the scathing article that pointed out the many percieved problems and complaints]] of the issue that was almost universally disliked. Compare and contrast his Fiendship Is Magic issue that featured King Sombra's origin which, despite releasing with ''much less'' fanfare was praised as not only the best of the entire Fiendship series, but one of the best issues ''in the entire IDW comics run''.

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* ''[[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW My Little Pony: Friends Forever #14]]'' was praised self-described as "the most socially and politically conscious pony comic you ever read" within ''10 minutes'' of its release on author writer [[https://www.derpibooru.org/881300 Jeremy Whitley's twitter]] twitter]]...who went on to fiercely defended defend it and even blocked the author of [[http://www.horse-news.net/2015/03/comic-writer-wanted-racial-politics.html the scathing article that pointed out the many percieved problems and complaints]] of the issue that issue, which was almost universally disliked. Compare and contrast his Fiendship ''Fiendship Is Magic Magic'' issue that featured King Sombra's origin which, despite releasing with ''much less'' fanfare was praised as not only the best of the entire Fiendship series, but one of the best issues ''in the entire IDW comics run''.
10th Feb '17 11:18:48 AM Eddy1215
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* ''Film/{{Inception}}''. This film was Creator/ChristopherNolan's dream project and it ''did'' pay off and became highly successful and appreciated...it's just that ''TheDarkKnightSaga'' still overshadows it when it comes to Nolan's résumé.

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* ''Film/{{Inception}}''. This film was Creator/ChristopherNolan's dream project and it ''did'' pay off and became highly successful and appreciated...it's just that ''TheDarkKnightSaga'' ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'' still overshadows it when it comes to Nolan's résumé.
10th Feb '17 11:12:24 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* ''Film/{{Inception}}''. This film was Creator/ChristopherNolan's dream project and it ''did'' pay off and became highly successful and appreciated...it's just that ''Franchise/TheDarkKnightSaga'' still overshadows it when it comes to Nolan's résumé.

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* ''Film/{{Inception}}''. This film was Creator/ChristopherNolan's dream project and it ''did'' pay off and became highly successful and appreciated...it's just that ''Franchise/TheDarkKnightSaga'' ''TheDarkKnightSaga'' still overshadows it when it comes to Nolan's résumé.


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* Creator/JohnFord's famous films in his lifetime were ''Film/TheQuietMan'', ''Film/HowGreenWasMyValley'', ''Film/TheGrapesOfWrath'', ''The Informer'', ''Film/{{Stagecoach}}''. Critics would cite ''Film/YoungMrLincoln''. Later generations of film-makers and audiences cited ''Film/TheSearchers'' and ''Film/TheManWhoShotLibertyValance''. What were Ford's favorites?
** ''Wagon Master'' which he described as "the purest, simplest Western I ever made." A rare title that Lindsay Anderson called "the first avant-garde Western" citing its unconventional use of music, gorgeous composition and minimalist storyline and its plot of multiple characters with no real central figure.
** ''The Sun Shines Bright'' which despite its ExecutiveMeddling, he felt was a film he achieved what he wanted to. Another obscure title.
** Even more extreme is ''The Fugitive'', his 1947 adaptation of Graham Greene's novel ''Literature/ThePowerAndTheGlory''. Ford once called it the most perfect movie he'd ever made. Critics (and Graham Greene himself) hated it, and still do.
10th Feb '17 11:08:35 AM Eddy1215
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* ''Film/{{Inception}}''. This film was Creator/ChristopherNolan's dream project and it ''did'' pay off and became highly successful and appreciated...it's just that ''TheDarkKnightSaga'' still overshadows it when it comes to Nolan's résumé.

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* ''Film/{{Inception}}''. This film was Creator/ChristopherNolan's dream project and it ''did'' pay off and became highly successful and appreciated...it's just that ''TheDarkKnightSaga'' ''Franchise/TheDarkKnightSaga'' still overshadows it when it comes to Nolan's résumé.
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