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"I've come to hate my own creation. Now I know how God feels."
— Homer Simpson, The Simpsons ("Everybody Hates Ned Flanders")
Fandom is an interesting entity. Nobody can quite tell how people will react to anything, making the creation of a popular work a crapshoot. However, it's assumed that most creators hold an equal or greater amount of affection for their work than their fans. After all, they had to actually make it in the first place. So obviously, anything that's popular must be something the creator likes, right?
Not quite. See, the creators are just as human as everybody else and even if they're the origin of a particular work, that doesn't stop them from holding a negative opinion about it. This is what is referred to as creator backlash. It's the most high profile form of hatedom possible, since it's the very creator(s) of the work denouncing it. As they bring up their feelings of hatred for their work in interviews, public forums, and their other creations, it brings a certain amount of discord into being a fan when the very source has denounced it. It might even trigger feelings of betrayal, or resentment that the author has (apparently) become a holier-than-thou hypocrite.
It can take on many forms and for many reasons. Many creators feel their work has been ruined by executive meddling. Perhaps the creator didn't really intend for it to become so popular, only making it to pay the bills and fund their more serious work (perhaps even getting forced into continuing it). Perhaps people completely miss the point. Perhaps it has them typecast to a sickening level. Perhaps the project that he puts a lot of effort on gets pathetic reactions from fans. Perhaps they were going through a rough time while making it. Perhaps it has become their only work that is generally known, casting them as a "one hit wonder" in the eyes of the majority. Perhaps it's all of the above.
It is quite common for creators who start early to simply grow out of their early work. Added to which is the common artistic trait of always wanting to move on: the criticism is just an expression of boredom; been there, done that.
Or perhaps they just really do hate the work they created after all this time; maybe their personality (or the effect the work has on today's society) really has changed that much. The reasons are as myriad as the reasons a fan might choose to like their work in the first place.
Not all creator backlash is permanent, though. They can just as easily choose to later embrace their work when they get over whatever was troubling them in the first place. This seems to be quite rare, however. When it does happen, it usually seems to occur after a lengthy period of time has passed between appearing on the show and the present.
And, of course, no matter how bad the backlash is, the artists rarely return any of the cash they've made from a work.
Compare Old Shame, where the work in question neither caught on nor has many redeeming qualities in the first place; compare and contrast Bleached Underpants, where the work in question has questionable history which its creators would like to dispose of.
Not be confused with Creator Breakdown or Artist Disillusionment, though they can definitely overlap with this. Artist disillusionment is against fans while this is against works. Magnum Opus Dissonance is a Sister Trope, as is Disowned Adaptation. And definitely not to be confused with creators getting their backs lashed.
Kyoko Mizuki and Yumiko Igarashi have come to despise Candy Candy, due to all the legal fights between each other caused by it.
The creator of the Slayers franchise, Hajime Kanzaka, stated a few times in interviews that, despite working on it, he had come to dislike the third season (Try) of the anime adaptation, which was one of the first divergences from the plot of the light novels. When the belated season 4 came out, a Discontinuity Nod noted this: on the plane chart that lists the numerous Big Bads of the verse, the two that were slain in season 2 were dented, noting their destruction, but one of the higher-level demon lord's spots on the chart was intact—this particular lord, Dark Star Dugradigdu, was slain in season 3.
Strangely enough, characters from season three were depicted in the eyecatchs of the final episode (which depicted the various heroes and villains of the series). Filia is especially given a prominent background shot in the "Heroes" eyecatch.
Yoshiyuki Tomino is rumored to have despised working on Victory Gundam. In an interview, he outright said that people shouldn't watch it. This hasn't stopped several fans from naming it their favorite Gundam show.
He later warmed back up to Gundam though. He loved working on Turn A Gundam and wrote a memoir about it and how it cured him of depression. Just as well for the cast, as characters tend to die messily when Tomino gets depressed.
Tomino's dissatisfaction mainly stems from different source: Victory was under production when Bandai bought up Sunrise, and their desire to sell toys resulted in a good degree of Executive Meddling, including the first 5 episodes of the show being reshuffled with very little new footage, resulting in what was intended to be episode 4 being shown as episode 1. This was done to expose audiences to the titular Victory Gundam, with the hope of boosting the toy sales. Worth pointing out is the manga Crossbone Gundam, which Tomino worked on shortly after Victory ended, and is one of the most hopeful entries into the franchise as well as a fan favorite.
It should be noted that Tomino has something of a love-hate relationship with Gundam in general. Depending on the time and his current mood, he'll either consider it his greatest achievement or he'll think of it in the light of this trope. Some fans theorized this to be the reason behind Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ's beginning, which, in complete contrast to its predecessor Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam's bleak and serious storytelling, focused more on comedy, specifically of the So Unfunny It's Funny variety; the theory runs that Tomino was intentionally trying to sabotage the series so that he wouldn't have to make another sequel. For what it's worth, ZZ's story shifted back to the dark and serious tone of its predecessor in the middle of its run.
In a series of translated blogs, Takeshi Shudo, original head writer of the Pokémon anime, stated how he disliked the Strictly Formula that was pushed upon it, which led to his resignation....and then after he left, he disliked how his own prize creations Musashi/Jessie, Kojiro/James, and Nyarth/Meowth of Rocket Dan/Team Rocket going way past Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain and into harmless territory.
Eric Stuart, the voice of Brock, was initially accepting of his role; but he grew tired of how people would seldom acknowledge his other work and only talk to him about voicing Brock. This was seen as a significant decision of his to retire from anime voice acting to focus on his music career. To a lesser extent, Veronica Taylor (Ash) and Rachael Lillis (Misty) were also weary of how fans would bring up voicing Ash and Misty when they both had many other anime roles; they, however, at least seem pleased that people enjoy watching Pokémon.
According to a commentary on one of the 60's Astro Boy DVD boxsets, Osamu Tezuka hated one particular episode, "Midoro Swamp" aka "The Beast from 20 Fathoms". He farmed out the episode to a group of young anime/manga students, and the results dissatisfied him so much, that he personally destroyed every possible copy he could find. Unfortunately for him, a copy of that episode had already been shipped to the U.S. and dubbed (and would later resurface as a "Lost Episode" of the series on VHS), and the Japanese soundtrack (but not the footage) still exists and was included as an extra in the episodes release on the Astro Boy DVD sets.
Also, there are a handful of stories he wrote that he permanently pulled from circulation (i.e. not available, even in compilation form) due to said stories not being up to his usual standards.
For reasons unknown, the author of the manga Hyouge Mono along with the editorial staff quit as consulting staff or distanced themselves from the anime project. And in a pseudo Alan Smithee fashion, Yoshihiro Yamada also asked his credit be changed. He did not demand he take his name off the series nor did he adopt a pseudonym but rather changed the credit from Original Story to Original Concept (or Original Work to Original Scheme depending on the translation).
In-universe on two occasions in Bakuman。. Mashiro and Takagi dislike Tanto, even though it has some degree of popularity among children and most of the other characters besides Eiji and Nanamine like it, as it's difficult for Takagi to write gags and not popular enough to get an anime. After some difficulty, they persude the editors to let them end it. Eiji eventually wants Crow to end, so he invokes his right of ending it at the height of its popularity on his terms. He's stated he could easily keep it going for some time, but wants to end the highest rated manga at its highest point, instead of simply going on and on.
Several Hungarian voice actors have admitted how much they hated dubbing anime series that have been imported in the '90s. Notably, the voice actors or actresses of Sailor Moon, Vegeta (2nd), teen Gohan, Android 18 and Krillin have either disliked or outright loathed their roles and practically had to be forced into the recording room for every episode. Some of them couldn't believe these shows have fans, much less they themselves for having worked on them. Admittedly, a lot of this stems from the piss-poor working conditions back in the day.
Robert Crumb has come to hate Fritz the Cat, especially after the movie came out and he felt it ruined his work forever, so in a follow up comic he killed Fritz off and discontinued the books.
His single most hated work, however, is the "Keep on Truckin'" comic; mainly because of how well-known and overused it became, how closely identified he became with it, and the fact that no one else realized it was supposed to be a satire.
James O'Barr came to hate The Crow because it glorified revenge (though the fact that the comic's popularity and success indirectly resulted in Brandon Lee's death probably didn't help either). All royalties he received from the movie were donated to charity. However, the Special Edition released in 2011 shows that O'Barr has come to terms with the work, seeing it as about true love and the importance of self-forgiveness. This is thanks in no small part to Brandon Lee's fiancée Eliza Hutton, with whom O'Barr became close with.
Warren Ellis grew to despise Planetary and its fans after they constantly sent him e-mails asking when the new issue was coming out. However, the situation came to a boil after the death of Ellis's father. When he asked his fans not to contact him while he was in mourning, guess who kept on e-mailing him? There's probably a good reason the later issues were so slow to come out.
Though the backlash never seems to extend to the work itself, which never wavers in quality. He even wrote a final issue years after the series was thought to have been finished.
Dave Sim, the creator of Cerebus the Aardvark, gradually began to regret the female characters he created in the series (feeling they were idealistic and unrealistic depictions of women).
Sim's collaborator Gerhard really doesn't enjoy looking at his background art from Church and State and has flat-out stated that he didn't like the writing in the later story arcs, saying that by that point, Sim had lost him as a reader.
Ian started the book wanting to undo the damage caused to Sonic and Sally's relationship and get them back together, which he did. By the time of the soft reboot, he was sick of the shipping wars and made them just friends.
It gets to an extent where he really has it in for DC. He has compared his relationship with the company to having a child you love, then having it kidnapped by gypsies in the night and every once in awhile they send you photographs of the kid working as a prostitute.
His loathing of the film adaptations of those same comics is particularly well-known; Moore goes uncredited in all.
A more specific example is Barbara Gordon getting crippled in The Killing Joke; Moore deeply regrets including it (he feels like it was pointless since he didn't put any focus on how it affected Barbara) and while he doesn't hate the story as whole he feels that if he were able to go back and change anything about it, he would change this.
At conventions, Kurt Busiek accompanies his signature on copies of Spider-Man/X-Factor: Shadowgames with the refrain, "I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry..."
Although Joe Quesada was the true diabolical mastermind behind Spider-Man: One More Day, it was written by J. Michael Straczinsky, who absolutely hated it even as he was being paid to write it. He had asked that his name not be put on the infamous final issue (a request that was ignored) and tells people at conventions where to find Quesada as his own personal vengence.
JMS also hoped he could use OMD to undo "Sins Past", another story he wrote under protest (in his version the Goblin Twins were Peter and Gwen's kids; Quesada didn't like the idea of two teenagers having sex, and proposed the much less squicky idea of one teenager having sex with Norman Osborn, a much older man). He was told he couldn't.
Tintin: After World War II creator Hergé started a magazine named after his creation. It became a Cash Cow Franchise, but the stress took his toll on him to the point that he literally fled to another country for a few months to take a rest. He played with the idea of quitting the comic altogether, but he never quite did. Yet new "Tintin" albums became less and less frequent as the decades progressed and most of the work was done by his assistants.
A big reason for the delays in later Tintin installments was that Hergé suffered a severe lack of confidence after Tintin In Tibet, believing that he wouldn't be able to surpass what he thought was the best, and most personal, work he had ever done.
Suske en Wiske: Willy Vandersteen also suffered from this, but with all his comic strip series. He usually started a new series, but after a handful of albums he became bored with them and passed them on to his assistants, while he started a new project. In the final two decades of his life he was just a creative advisor to most of the series he started.
Piet Pienter en Bert Bibber: Creator Pom refuses to this day to be interviewed about his comic strip. He despises that period of his life and can not be humoured about it.
Nero: Creator Marc Sleen never quite understood why so many of his fans prefer the old, crudely drawn black-and-white albums to his later, better drawn albums in color?
James Stokoe, creator of Orc Stain, has decided to cut himself off from Sullivan Sluggers comics he did to Mark Andrew Smith's script, made it clear he doesn't want to get involved with the book anymore and asked for his name to be removed from it.
As Matt Wagner's long-running Grendel mythos has progressed, so has the original 20th-century Grendel, Hunter Rose, descended from Magnificent Bastard to simply a hateful, arrogant, murderous git. Wagner has been quoted as saying that every time he writes about Hunter, he likes him a little less.
Post's reposting of his popular Teen Titans epic, "These Black Eyes", begins with this summary- "Noir, an incredibly overpowered Gary Stu, joins the animated Teen Titans. During his tenure with the heroic youngsters, many grammatical errors are made, many gross atrocities of the first-person narrative are committed, and a bunch of bloody drama is spilt in the name of lifeless nerdiness. Act One consists of his beating up the Titans and the Titans loving him for it. Act Two consists of predictable villains coming back to battle the Titans in a huge cataclysm of page length and sound effects. Act Three shall never again see the Internet because it sucks major donkey rectum. This has not been edited, but it has been preserved—not so much by me but by those few generous (depraved?) souls who felt this fic needed to stay in existence."
He deleted his earlier X-Men: Evolution fanfic, Between the Walls, for similar reasons. He never reposted it.
Many writers have written a Lemon story, and come to hate it, as it becomes more reviewed, written and popular than any of their other works.
Greg X, one of the staff members of The Gargoyles Saga has, on several occasions, publicly disowned his TGS work. Many of his issues stem from story structure, to characterization (ask him how he feels about what TGS did to Demona some time), and too many fan-created characters who no one but their fan creator had an interest in. That, and he just prefers Greg Weisman's plans and comics. A very diplomatically written blog post can be found here detailing how he feels.
With thousands of reviews and numerous people saving docs of Fierce Deity's The Legend of Zelda fanfic series, you'd think that he'd be heartened. Nope, he wants nobody to ever mention those "pieces of crap" ever again, despite the latter story, "Eternal Ark" being reasonably written with an engaging plot and interesting original characters.
FF.Net and FIMFiction.net author Meowth Rocket/Meowth's Toon Dragon is known for his A New Face in Ponyville story, considered one of the better 'Human In Equestria' stories, as well as some decent Pokémon and Sonic the Hedgehog stories and the famous "Payback from a Pipe" Family Guy fic. He's also written a couple stories that he considered so bad he purposely refused to transfer them over to his harddrive, all but erasing their existence forever. But nearly COMPLETELY averted with Payback from a Pipe. Even though he hopes it's not the only fanfic he's ever known for, he still loves it and all the recognition he's gotten, as well as all the fans of it.
The author of the infamous HomestuckTroll Fic "Daddy Dearest" (You Do NOT Want To Know what it's about) has declared on her Tumblr that she's come to hate the fanfic, regrets ever having written it in the first place and is angry at the fandom for turning it into a meme. It's not hard to see why.
The author of Twilight Pretty Cure used to enjoy working on her story. But after receiving backlash for parts of it that got interpreted in ways she didn't intend, despite her efforts to revise it, she has come to dislike her debut fan series (not unlike another polarizing fan series). She's still working to complete it, but at this point, her interest in the story has decreased a lot. One part of it might be that she intended for the story to promote neurodiversity and to teach lessons about acceptance, the value of life, and overcoming hardship, but some fans completely missed the point and blow its flaws out of proportion.
The author of Equestrylvania has admitted that the first arc in the companion book Equestrylvania Adventure was a very boring excuse at World Building and laying groundwork for the rest of the stories proper in the series, and that if he could, he'd go back and rewrite it (but won't because it'd be a waste of time and effort).
Films — Animated
Richard Williams was so devastated by what happened to his masterpiece The Thief and the Cobbler that for years he refused to discuss the film or take part in the fan restoration of it. However, he made peace with the film around the time he wrote "The Animator's Survival Kit" (despite avoiding mentioning the film in the book) and on Dec. 10th, 2013, he finally screened his own director's cut of Thief, saying he was finally satisfied with his work.
At the time of its release, Robin Hood was considered by the studio to be not very good, but it was and is quite a popular film.
They've never been excited about The Black Cauldron, which only occasionally pokes its head out of the Disney Vault and gets little to no mention of even existing. This has a lot to do with its Troubled Production and it being a representation of a dark period of Disney's history (the result of studio mismanagement) that existed until Michael Eisner and Jeffrey Katzenberg took over.
They mostly pretend Song of the South, about a Reconstruction-era freed slave telling folk stories to two young white children on a plantation, never happened because of racial characterisations which seem offensive to modern audiences. Under current CEO Robert Iger, they seem to keep flip-flopping between deciding to release it on DVD and deciding to let it rest.
Walt Disney claimed he disliked how the Alice in Wonderland film turned out, that Alice herself had no heart, and was glad that it failed at the box office. In fact, unlike others of his films, it would never be re-released to theaters in his lifetime, instead airing every so often on Walt's TV anthology series. It would not get a theatrical re-release until 1974, more than twenty years after its release.
Walt was displeased with Dumbo, apparently. It was a low-budget, cartoon-like, hour-long movie that he had had very little to do with; and it ended up making more money than the high-budget, realistic, feature length films like Pinocchio, Fantasia, and Bambi that he was heavily involved in. Never mind that it was released at a time when he was trying to prove that animation was more than just cartoons (see the second Fantasia example below). According to Neal Gabler, in response to the critical praise of the film, Walt dismissed Dumbo as "just one of those little things that we knocked out between epics."
Although Peter Pan fared better at the box office than Alice in Wonderland before it, Walt didn't care for that film either, claiming that the titular character was unsympathetic and unlikeable. However, unlike Alice, Peter Pan did well enough in its initial run for Walt to allow it a theatrical reissue during his lifetime, which came in 1958. However, that was the only reissue of the film when Walt was alive; its next reissue would not come until 1969, eleven years after its first reissue and three years after Walt's passing.
Milt Kahl grew to dislike his work on Peter Pan, the majority of his scenes were with Peter and Wendy, he said that Wendy was very difficult to animate and he would've rather animated Captain Hook instead because he felt he was a funner character.
Fantasia suffered from this in not one but two respects:
The Pastoral Symphony segment initially featured a full-on 'darky' caricature named Sunflower as one of the 'centaurettes'. She was removed in 1969 and, despite the presence of old, uncensored prints, Disney denied her existence until the release of the re-mastered edition in 2000.
When Walt appeared during the 1942 Academy Awards to accept the Irving Thalberg Award, he brought up this film. Trying to hold back tears, he said, in reference to making Fantasia, "Maybe I should have a medal for bravery. We all make mistakes. I shall now rededicate myself to my old ideals." He was ashamed of Fantasia, not so much of making the film as of its pitiful box office performance. He felt that audiences were ready for a film like that in the wake of Snow White, but when it flopped (and was right on the heels of Pinocchio being a flop as well), Walt's self-confidence was shattered. Fantasia's performance discouraged Walt from making anything else too artistic, which was why any films made thereafter, such as Cinderella or Peter Pan, were safer, more mainstream fare.
Orson Welles, who played Unicron in Transformers: The Movie, apparently couldn't even remember what it was called, and stated that his role was that of "a huge toy that does horrible things to other toys." And he died five days after completing his work on the movie. That is some rapid Creator Backlash.
"And next time Monster House is on, just remember that the guy that wrote it told you it was dumb."
Peter Sallis, voice of Wallace in Wallace & Gromit stated that he preferred the original shorts such as The Wrong Trousers to the duo's big screen debut in The Curse Of The Wererabbit, making him one of the movie's few critics. Nick Park has also stated that while he holds no regrets over the movie, he feels personally that Wallace and Gromit are better suited to the short films, rather than feature-length.
To this day Sammy Hagar is practically alone in disliking Van Halen's video for "Right Now". He wanted it to be less of a concept and more of a straightforward interpretation of the lyrics, since he had worked hard on them and wanted listeners to hear them. In fact, he was so angry that he refused to sing most of the lyrics in the video, even when the titles say "right now, we should pay attention to the lyrics." The director liked that take anyway and kept it.
No Doubt have made a official statement apoligising for their questionable video to "Looking Hot" for its politically incorrect undertones. It's actually been deleted from their VEVO channel and all subsequent videos of it deleted for a rather stereotypical portrayal of Native Americans.
Fred Durst was so embarrassed by the video for "Take A Look Around" that he banned it in the US.
Journey was highly dissatisfied with their music video for "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)"; to the point that they refused to do any videos for their next album, "Raised by Radio."
Billy Squier has forever blamed the music video for his hit song "Rock Me Tonite" for bringing about the downfall of his music career, as the then-questionable and erotic content within did much to destroy his public image. Squier was so disgusted with the final product that he and his colleagues attempted to prevent the video's release, but it was too little, too late and Squier has since blamed the director for allegedly tampering with his original concept.
Phil Collinsreportedly finds the Genesis video for the title track of A Trick Of The Tail, featuring a miniature Phil dancing on an upright piano while Tony Banks plays the song and the other members of the band gather around, to be the most embarrassing one of his career. A bit of Special Effects Failure (this was 1976) didn't help matters.
"And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them."
Henrik Ibsen was not happy about having to change the ending of A Dolls House. The term he used was "barbaric atrocity". Ironically, due to changing values, the original ending is now perfectly acceptable. The redo is something of a Writer Cop Out. He also did not react well when feminists began lauding him for the play's support of their movement, which he denied.
A similar thing happened with Pygmalion - higher-ups wanted to change the ending to one in which Eliza and Higgins got married, so it could have a standard happy ending, rather than letting Eliza leave Higgins to marry Freddy. Needless to say, George Bernard Shaw would not be happy about the musical adaptation.
The Broadway flop 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue by Leonard Bernstein and Alan Jay Lerner was Bernstein's last and least successful musical; he was so ashamed of it that he didn't let it be recorded in his lifetime. As with Saint-Saëns and "Carnival of the Animals," one number escaped the ban: "Take Care of This House." Years after Bernstein's death, a concert version was issued titled A White House Cantata.
Love Life, a vaguely similar (and somewhat more successful) musical Alan Jay Lerner wrote with Kurt Weill, could not be revived in Lerner's lifetime because of his personal disdain for it.
A despairing outburst by Richard Wagner from 1878 (while he was working on Parsifal), as recorded by his wife Cosima in her diary:
Oh! I shudder at all this ado of costumes and make-up; when I reflect how characters like Kundry shall be mummed now, I'm put in mind of these disgusting artists' parties, and after creating the invisible orchestra I want to invent the invisible theatre! And the inaudible orchestra.
Factor 5, the developers of the Rogue Squadron series, reportedly got sick of making them by the time they finished the third entry. While working on Lair, someone on the staff made a public comment about being glad that they didn't have to make X-Wings or yet another rehash of Hoth. Lair was the last game made by Factor 5.
Will Wright defended the changes in SimCity Societies, saying that the series had gotten too complex, and that he enjoyed each one less and less. That didn't go over well.
Keiji Inafune, who created the Mega Man series and played a large role in the Onimusha and Dead Rising franchises, has gone on record say that he absolutely hates his job and wants nothing more than to retire. He also constantly rants about how the Japanese gaming industry is in serious decline. Eventually, he quit.
"I wouldn't say that I've ever made a bad game, per se, but a game I think we could have done more with was Zelda II: The Adventure of Link. When we're designing games, we have our plan for what we're going to design but in our process it evolves and grows from there. In Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, unfortunately all we ended up creating was what we had originally planned on paper. I think specifically in the case of Zelda II we had a challenge just in terms of what the hardware was capable of doing. So one thing, of course, (that he would have liked the game to been like) is, from a hardware perspective, if we had been able to have the switch between the scenes speed up, if that had been faster, we could have done more with how we used the sidescrolling vs. the overhead [view] and kind of the interchange between the two.note Specifically, he's referring to the long loading times of the Famicom Disk version of the game—the loading times are nonexistent in the western port But, because of the limitations on how quickly those scenes changed, we weren't able to. The other thing is it would have been nice to have had bigger enemies in the game, but the Famicom/NES hardware wasn't capable of doing that. Certainly, with hardware nowadays you can do that and we have done that, but of course nowadays creating bigger enemies takes a lot of effort."
On that note, Miyamoto had shown a similar contempt over the sheer amount of elements removed from his original vision of Ocarina, which were impossible to fully form due to the limitations of the N64. Much of these features were to be added in an expansion, refereed to as 'Ura Zelda', but ended up being cancelled after the failure of the 64DD.
Miyamoto wasn't exactly too fond of his involvement in Star Fox 64 either, as stated in an interview found in the official Player's Guide. Again, he didn't hate it (actually listing it as one of the games he most wanted on the Wii's Virtual Console prior to the system's release), but felt it wasn't what he'd have liked it to be.
...which turned out, ironically, to be a lie. There are TWO references to cake, but they're subtle, easily missed and nowhere near as in-your-face as the original references. Apart from that, there are no more cake jokes, even to the point of removing cake icons from existing test chambers that re-appear in the second game.
Following their departure from the Crash Bandicoot series, original developers Naughty Dog have given mixed feelings towards other developers' attempts at recreating the franchise. Naughty Dog co-president Evan Wells states that "It's a little bit like watching your daughter do porn". On the other hand, character designer Charles Zembillas actually liked Crash's redesign at the hands of Radical Entertainment, actually desiring further involvement in the series while co creator Andy Gavin at the very least praises Crash Bash for staying true to the original games.
One of the main developers at Gearbox quit from not just the company, but the gaming industry as a whole out of disgust towards Borderlands getting much of its plot axed.
Computer Gaming World's preview of Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne included the phrase "a breathtaking, original ballet of death", which was promptly plastered over the boxart and every advertisement for the game in existence. The writer of said preview, in his "Scorched Earth" column some time after the game's release, expressed his dissatisfaction that Rockstar had taken a phrase from a preview and attempted to use it to sell people a finished game.
Noa was displeased over the response Elona Shooter got on Kongregate, and the people it brought to the main boards. Many of the people coming in after the first couple weeks would not have the patience to properly learn Elona controls and quirks.
Running With Scissors has all but disowned Postal III and now refuse to sell it. One has to wonder if this isn't due to the delays, the regenerating health and cover system, inclusion of DRM and many other things...
There is an easter egg in Fallout 2 which contains the text "Yes, we know Descent to Undermountain was crap." Both games were released by Interplay, of course.
Yager Development hates the multiplayer mode for Spec Ops: The Line, as it was included as part of a corporate checklist, goes against the themes in the game's campaign, and was made by a different studio. Cory Davis, the game's lead writer, has this to say about it:
It sheds a negative light on all of the meaningful things we did in the single-player experience. The multiplayer game's tone is entirely different, the game mechanics were raped to make it happen, and it was a waste of money. No one is playing it, and I don't even feel like it's part of the overall package — it's another game rammed onto the disk like a cancerous growth, threatening to destroy the best things about the experience that the team at Yager put their heart and souls into creating.
Yasuhiro Wada, the creator of the Harvest Moon franchise, has stated that he dislikes how romance-oriented the series has gotten in recent years. He went on to make a Spiritual Successor in Hometown Story which, while marriage is a part, is more like older titles.
Bill Williams, longtime gaming programmer, was hired to work on Bart's Nightmare. He considered it the worst working experience of his life, nicknaming it "Bill's Nightmare", and handed it to an outsourced designer just before completion because he couldn't take it anymore. It ended up being the last game he ever did full programming for.
The phone game Flappy Bird was the center of much controversy after becoming one of the biggest game crazes in smart phone history. Dong Nguyen, the game's creator, couldn't stand the controversy and just wanted it to end. He pulled the plug and removed the game within 2 weeks after it started picking up popularity. The controversy surrounded how the graphics were extremely similar but not actually the same as some game sprites from Super Mario World, and how he earned $50,000 a day from the ad revenue the game generated. It wasn't specifically negative towards him or the game, but he was totally overwhelmed and just wanted it to stop.
Erik Salter, one of the translators for the semi-infamous Fan Translation of Final Fantasy IV, looks back on his work with regret. Upon discovering that Clyde "Tomato" Mandelin had began to tear into the translation on his website, he tweeted in response "...I can't say I disagree."
Naoki Yoshida, head producer of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, trashed the original version of the game and listed why 1.0 failed so spectacularly; the development team during 1.0 had little to no experience with an MMORPG, which lead to them creating ideas for the game that either made little sense or greatly annoyed players (such as reducing experience points gained if the player tried to level up too quickly). The developers were also obsessed with graphical presentation for the sake of making the game look really great, which lead to many people being unable to run the game on their PC. The graphics were also coded poorly as Yoshida pointed out that a flowerpot had as many poloygons and shader codes as a character model. Yoshida also noted that the original dev team believed that any problems that popped up in the game could easily be patched, which meant that there was no future proofing at all. Yoshida wanted the game to be fun for everyone, easy for newcomers to get into, and have content and patches be planned in advance so that problems are minimized. Yoshida's direction made Final Fantasy XIV a critical success.
Kittyhawk of Sparkling Generation Valkyrie Yuuki fame started out with a fairly popular webcomic called The Jar. Sometime around when she was having problems with her domain because of traffic, she took the whole website down. During the downtime between it and SGVY, she came to really, really hate The Jar and absolutely refused to put the archives back up. This seems to have faded recently due to her now selling it on CD format.
In-story example: Justin in Punch an' Pie submitted an absurd story about a bat with a gun to a publisher. They published it. People ate it up. Now he's one of the most popular writers around, and he's sorry he ever wrote that story.
Before Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw gained fame as a video game critic, he wrote several webcomics. In his words, they "came out of a dark time in his life from which he has determinedly moved on without a backward glance." Moreover, just to make sure no-one would be fooled into thinking he cares about his old works, he has gone on to officially disown them, including every webcomic he ever made, every game made before The Trials of Odysseys Kent and every work of fiction he has written before the age of twenty, encouraging his readers to dispose of them in the nearest possible natural disaster should they ever get their hands on his old work. Makes sense, given his utter hatred of most gaming webcomics, especially Ctrl+Alt+Del.
This is the rule, not the exception, for virtually any Matt Wilson production (namely, High Score and its animated spin-off Bonus Stage) to date.
A humorous parody happens in an issue of Mac Hall. During a con recap in which about twenty webcomic artists are on stage at once, the others give non sequitur-esque answers (Sluggy Freelance was my grandma's nickname), Ian simply holds up a sign that has "YOUR MOM" on it.
Josh Lesnick seems to feel this way about his older webcomic Wendy, seeing as he's just recently taken the whole thing offline since it's already been there long enough in his opinion. The characters themselves, however, continue to live on in comics such as Girly and whatever22.
The main reason RPG World ended prematurely when it was on the verge of finishing. Creator Ian J. came to resent the direction he had taken the comic and in the end just flat out abandoned it. He did offer anyone interested to come finish it, but when the fans voiced their opinion, he told them to "F** K OFF!" and retracted the offer. Leaving the series to rot with No Ending.
Rick Fortner and Rebecca Burg hate the original Job Hunting, the second story in their A Loonatic's Tale series. The final form was hastily edited with unfortunaterestrictions on the amount of weapons and violence (ie there couldn't be any) in order to make it fit a school assignment. They're currently drawing a remake, Rehired, which is the canon version. They use the original version as a barometer of peoples' ability to detect quality and/or speak frankly; anyone who says they liked the original Job Hunting lacks the capacity to offer meaningful criticism.
Bittersweet Candy Bowl, The author got rather fed up at the unsettling number of fan characters in the community and the amount of focus they got.
"Better Days was created when I was a very different person. I had very different views, values, and priorities, and I evolved as a person as I was doing Better Days over the course of six years. There's a lot in Better Days that I wouldn't include if I was doing it today. There's a lot of things that I wrote that I wouldn't have written that way, now. I don't like looking at the old pages. I don't like looking at the old art. It's embarrassing and bad in my eyes. I don't like lingering on the past. It's enough that I've left the archive in place, and find myself having to explain some of the themes and events depicted in Better Days, by a much younger, less mature creator, compared to who I am today."
It is no secret that Tim Buckley ultimately came to utterly despise the characters of Scott the Linux guy and his pet penguin, Ted. Not only has he effectively written them out of the comic, he's gone to increasingly severe lengths to ensure no one knows who they were or even remembers that they even existed, up to and including banning anyone who says that they do remember them or even mentions them in any way.
Word of God claims it's less despising Scott and more the fact that he was a one-note character that Buckley didn't know what to do with, beyond Linux jokes and his final The Reveal storyline.
Shin-Goji has been slowly purging his website of connections to the K-Girls, which he initially introduced during a "darker period" of his life (before meeting his wife) as an attempt to boost traffic to his comic, culminating in his recent announcement of completely deleting all of their galleries from his server in favor of focusing on his own artistic efforts. Considering that almost all of the girls' creators had long disavowed them as Old Shame as well, this is not entirely surprising.
KC Green has expressed large dislike in recent years for his earlier webcomic Horribleville and his short-lived series Literally All I Do All Day. He says he made them at a time where he felt too negative about life. He also recently tweeted "i have one last copy of horrible ville and i want to set it on fire ".
Michael Shelfer, the artist for Vampire Cheerleaders since vol.3, admitted he didn't like Heather's character, by saying he thought she was "one-dimensional" and said he didn't even like drawing her. Which was the main reason she was written out near the beginning of volume 4.
David Willis has grown to really dislike his original webcomic Roomies!, sometimes the art, but mostly how much of a different person he is from then. Instead of distancing himself from it, he has chosen to republish it daily, often gleefully pointing out in the author's commentary how terrible certain elements are. At the very least it's a positive example though.
Hiimdaisy has long retired from making video game comics and feels that the memes surrounding them have become tired out. In response to an unofficial Kickstarter campaign for an unofficial continuation of her comics:
"i made a vague tweet about it last night, so here is a clearer one: there's a KS campaign attempting to raise money to continue hiimdaisy"  "i have no connection to it and i absolutely do not endorse it"  "yes, it was me. i wrote those old comics and i have been tired of them for 4 years. i also killed mufasa, etc."  "why would anybody want to be known as "the person who created that meme" 
Apparantly, Kirbopher has taken this attitude towards Tv Tome Adventures, as he has been known to call it hokey on his Facebook page and has stated that "It's what [he] would expect from a 15-year-Old." Still, Kirbopher was OK with it enough to make a remake.
Lucas Cruikshank, creator and star of Fred, said in an an article in Variety that he ended production because he wanted to do something else and not be forever typecast as Fred. (However, given the absolute failure of his post-Fred work, it seems this isn't working so far…)
Matt Wilson, creator of Bonus Stage, seems to hate his most famous creation, or at least, all of the fans. He had stated after the end of the series that he hardly, if ever, plays video games any more. Also, he is embarassed by the poor animation quality of many of the episodes, and doesn't find a lot of the jokes funny anymore.
McMaNGOS, creator of the "This Video Contains Win" YouTubeMemetic Mutation, has apparently now come to despise it, to the point of irreversibly replacing the audio with some random song that nobody knows of. This may have something to do with all the imitations it has spawned, and the fact that the fad was forced by McMaNGOS making sequels and demanding that people follow in his footsteps (Although some of them were pretty funny).
This tends to occur to a lot of YTP videos. Most poopers despise the "PINGAS", stating that it is overused and not funny anymore, and Stegblob has said that he only keeps the "Hotel Mario (nouns replaced with PINGAS)" video up because his fans love it so much. Lots of people have incredibly popular poops that they just made as a test or one of their older videos that are filled with things such as unoriginal humour, memes and poor editing. Often, they edit *the video title to be something like, "THIS VIDEO SUCKS, STOP WATCHING IT" and block it with annotations.
Ironically audioswapping a video and plastering annotations over it has become a small fad too.
Alvin-Earthworm, creator of Super Mario Bros. Z, has been incredibly annoyed by fans constantly asking him to work on new episodes, to the point where he has completely stopped working on the series. He claims that it's not forever.
He wasn't lying. He's started making him again and most of his fans are listening, seeing as it seemed like they made him quit the internet.
He created a second account as well. His first post stated that so much as mentioning SMBZ on that account is a blockable offense.
Not the straightest example, but Brian Kendall has apparently a love/hate relationship with that one flash movie he made. Much of the "hate" part comes from the amount of effort he thought he could put more into this movie.
Serris, the creator of the Darwins Soldiers universe hates the rebooted Furtopia RP. In fact he has this to say:
Serris: One of the characters is a Fur-dragon in a diaper! Scenes of diaper changing and baby care do not fucking belong in a dark high octane RP! And of course, it under-emphasized the role that the terrorists played in the invasion and gave too much spotlight to the rogue scientists.
In addition, he seems very loath to discuss the original RP, which originated in Furtopia.
That American Slacker has said that he began to hate making Pwnies because not only was it the only thing most people were subscribing for, but they also threatened to unsubscribe if he stopped making it. In April 2014 Slacker announced that the remake of Episode 26 was finished and he would not be returning due to a larger focus on more original proejcts.
John Solomon, the webmaster of the "Your Webcomic Is Bad And You Should Feel Bad" blog, came to loathe his own creation. He made it perfectly clear that he loathed fanboyism, even when it was his own, and was bothered by fans parroting his opinions. He finally deleted the blog entirely. When he learned that The Bad Webcomics Wiki had archived his reviews, he got a little peeved.
Troy Wagner and Joseph DeLage, the creators of Marble Hornets - better known as 'the guys who play J and Alex Kraile' - absolutely HATE the 'Gimme 20 Dollars' meme that spawned from a parody of one of their entires. It's now impossible to go into a Slender Man video without seeing at least one reference to that song in the comments. Troy and Joseph have said they refuse to acknowledge the meme in their videos, and have asked fans to stop referencing the joke to them in emails and responses.
The boys from Everyman HYBRID, however, don't seem to mind, and in fact referenced the meme in the episode One step forward, two steps back. (Although Jeff, the writer of the series, said this scene was written a lot earlier in the series and didn't know it would become so hated.)
The Marble Hornets guys have finally come to terms with the meme enough to finally acknowledge it... but only in Slender: The Arrival. Put your textures up to maximum quality and look to the right when you enter the cave filled with scribbles in the level "The Arrival."
DON'T GIVE HIM TWENTY DOLLARS
It is not uncommon for creators of Abridged Series to grow dissatisfied with early episodes as their series progresses and they become better writers/editors/etc. Often they will remake their old episodes with updated voice acting and visuals, and sometimes the old episodes are completely rewritten.
Strong Bad: "You internet types ruined Trogdor! Just like you did zombies, pirates, ninjas, and Strong Bad! Er, wait, no. Yeah!"
Chuggaaconroy to Steve, and to his early Lets Plays, as he revealed in his Fifth Anniversary-video, stating that they suck pretty bad because, back then, he was so afraid to be himself.
Joel Vitch of rathergood.com, creator of the "Viking Kittens sing 'The Immigrant Song' by Led Zeppelin" flash video, became annoyed by the way the viking kittens became so much more famous than everything else he did put together. The original Viking Kittens/Immigrant Song video has been taken down from his website, and the video he made for Electrix Six's "Gay Bar" had the viking kittens removed and replaced with a hippo and a gorilla.
He has a bit of disdain for his very early Nostalgia Critic videos as well. In particular, he spends the entire commentary track for his Cartoon Allstars To The Rescue review openly criticising his own performance, while when discussing his "Top Eleven Favorite Nostalgia Critic Videos," he mentions that he doesn't understand why his Batman & Robin review is so popular among fans.
According to the Channel Awesome Wiki, Bennett The Sage retired his "Masterpiece Fanfic Theatre" series because it "wasn't enjoyable for him anymore and he didn't want to spend the energy editing and producing it. "
Pan Pizza stated several times on his tumblr that he hated all of his videos that came before his MLP:FiM review.
The Cinema Snob: Brad Jones has admitted on Radiodrome that he doesn't like his early episodes in his basement, because he had to work under a time limit, was still searching for his style and his timing was way off too. Still, he has no plans of removing or doing them again.
Youtuber Filthy Frankresents the Harlem Shake fad, which he started in this video. It probably has something to do with how the fad became so inexplicably massive, which resulted in it getting tired and unfunnyextremely quickly.
Spoony starts his review of Final Fantasy XIII by apologizing for his negative review of Final Fantasy VIII. He says that even though he still thinks that Final Fantasy VIII is not a good game, he feels that it was better than later installments in the franchise and that he let his personal history with the game cloud his judgement. He also apologized for opening the review with a cheap gay joke and says that he deserves flack for that.
MoBrosStudios regretted making his top 20 worst SpongeBob episodes videos due to how miserable they made him, how the videos attracted flamers and trolls, and how people started labeling him as a "Ranter". He even went as far as taking down his countdowns, his Atlantis SquarePantis review, and canceled his top ten best SpongeBob episodes video.
Benthelooney pretty much disowns every video that he has made during the first season of his Rant series. Before he started using a script, and also disowns a fair amount of his pre-cancellation rants.
Youtuber ilove1994 was attacked so much and had a lot of his commentaries on his 90s nostalgia videos that for a period, ilove1994 completely disowned everything that he made, before his own revival of his Dubs. The Creator Backlash got so severe that he completely deleted the majority of his videos from back then. However in recent times, he has come to love and appreciate them in a way, though he still hates his rants.
A mild example with James Rolfe on The Angry Video Game Nerd: James has gone on record that the first few videos (especially the reviews he did when he was still known as "The Angry Nintendo Nerd") were made when James was still unsure of what to do with the Nerd character and was still trying to establish himself as a filmmaker. When he got picked up by ScrewAttack, he later gave more thorough reviews to the games he covered before in the "Nintendo Days Revisited" series, talking about things he didn't before with more time and better writing and editing.
Evan Burse from the YouTube drawing tutorial channel "cartoonblock" has admitted that his first tutorial, How to Draw Timmy Turner, wasn't the best work he had ever done.
Jon Graham, creator of Arby 'n' the Chief, stated on his blog while working on Season 6 that since learning some things in film school, he now looks back on the first 3 seasons of the series with regret due to how unrealistic and overly-silly they are in comparison to his work on the more drama-based series it became towards its end. As a result, he implored fans to simply disregard the events of the earlier season for said reason. This however made the series's abundant plotholes that much more confusing and unexplainable.
YouTuber and walkthrough creator PhantomDarkness135's first and most viewed video is his 2009 walkthrough of "Causality", with over 500,000 views; however, he has made the video private due to disliking his immaturity, particularly a joke he makes about the Canadian Army.
Ryan Haywood has become tired of his "I'm still in the air!" line.
Eric "CBoyardee" Shumaker (Better known as that guy who created the So Bad, It's Good Dilbert trilogy, among others) has grown ashamed of the videos that he created for his YouTube channel to the point where he eventually took them all down. When asked for a statement as to why he did this, he responded with "fuck you is my official statement". Eventually, he ended up with a whole other backlash towards the crowds of people coming up to him and asking about his videos that caused him to scrub clean his Twitter, Tumblr, and a few other social media profiles. Very few of his videos are still available today, and he has even filed copyright claims against some reuploads of them.
Nathan Rabinhas now regrettednaming the trope for Manic Pixie Dream Girl, saying "I’d like to take this opportunity to apologize to pop culture: I’m sorry for creating this unstoppable monster. Seven years after I typed that fateful phrase, I’d like to join Kazan and Green in calling for the death of the “Patriarchal Lie” of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl trope."
Before Jeopardy clues were archived on the J! Archive fansite, a prior Jeopardy! archive existed on an AOL site. Known as the Jeoparchive, this site archived clues for Jeopardy! in the early 2000s. It was taken down in 2004 when its lone archivist grew disillusioned with the show once Ken Jennings started winning game after game.
Robert Benfer seems to have grown into this as his KlayWorld series drew to a close. While it was clear he enjoyed doing it for a number of years, he eventually changed the name of his youtube channel and stopped producing these videos completely, despite their popularity. In a video he released explaining that the series was going to end, he sounds exhausted with the Klay World series and even mentions that the only reason he kept making them was to fund his other projects.
Chuck Jones grew to hate almost all of his pre-1948 cartoons (barring his more experimental works at the time, like The Dover Boys), so much that he said if he had the choice he would have burned the negatives to all of them.
In the book Chuck Jones Conversations. Chuck also expressed a strong dislike of Who Framed Roger Rabbit, a film that he worked on, citing the main lead as an obnoxious, unlikable character (exasperated that the human leads were more sympathetic than the cartoon), and was critical of Robert Zemeckis for robbing Richard Williams of any real creative input on the film, and also for meddling with the piano duel that Jones and Williams had storyboarded.
Many Warner Bros. animators grew to dislike much of their early work, especially the sappy Disney-like cartoons and Buddy cartoons they made from the mid-to-late 1930s.
Additionally several WB staff such as Frank Tashlin expressed dislike for Porky Pig, due to having less flexibility and humor value compared to zanier characters such as Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny. According to animator Mike Fontanelli, this resentment still stands with many modern executives at Warner Bros. and is partly why the character is so sparsely used in revival features and merchandise (and not because the Moral Guardians think Porky's stuttering is offensive to those with speech impediments).
Similarly some Warner staff such as Friz Freleng hated using Elmer Fudd, believing he was such an incompetent adversary for Bugs Bunny that it became difficult not to cast the latter more as a bully than a Karmic Trickster. Freleng created more abrasive foes such as Yosemite Sam so he could deal with the rivalry less (though still used Elmer in other non-Bugs roles). Some sources also claim Freleng to have disliked Speedy Gonzales.
Also of note is the little-known Looney Tunes director Norm McCabe; according to historian and animator Mark Kausler, in his later years, Norm was extremely modest about his time directing Looney Tunes shorts, dismissing them all as terrible—when a screening was held as ASIFA for his shorts along with him, it was painful for him to watch his own cartoons. Sort of justified, as most of McCabe's works are World War II cartoons and contain a lot of offensive caricatures of the Japanese ("Tokio Jokio" is often used as the prime example of this).
Chuck Jones also had a mixed opinion of his contribution to the Tom and Jerry series, claiming he didn't quite fully understand the characters' dynamic and would have likely done many things different if given another chance. On the other hand, Chuck Jones' work on the Tom and Jerry cartoons can be seen as practice for when he created the TV adaptation of How The Grinch Stole Christmas, which, unlike his take on the Tom and Jerry cartoons, is well-liked and well-remembered to this day.
Shamus Culhane disliked his sole Popeye cartoon "Popeye Meets William Tell"; in his autobiography, he likened the final product to "putting a bow on a wild boar"—apparently his attempt to bring the polished, disciplined approach of Disney animation into the more comical east coast style of animation Popeye used just didn't mix well, resulting in a very uneven, bizarre short, and this was quite frustrating to him. It may have also been because he never wanted to make a regular Popeye cartoon in the first place, instead wanting to make a short centered around Wimpy, which was vetoed by the Fleischers.
Shamus also wasn't proud of his work in the early Fleischer StudiosTalkartoons shorts, which he considered primitive compared to his later work.
Culhane was also not proud of how his animation on Fleischer's Gullivers Travels was ruined by sloppy inkers and bad in-between work, and that he would have quit if it wasn't for his contract. He also expressed disappointment in how Mr. Bug Goes to Town turned out, believing the film didn't live up to its full potential.
Culhane also despised working on the Hearst Krazy Kat cartoons he did inking work on. In his biography "Talking Animals and Other People", he likened the screening of their first sound cartoon ("Ratskin", 1929) with the character as being akin to a tornado in a boiler factory. "It was sheer cacophony." The staff gave no reaction to the film, save Culhane himself, who spited it with a sarcastic laugh (which got him left behind when the studio moved elsewhere). In the book "Enchanted Drawings", Culhane's once again gave his humble thoughts on the shorts;
Max Fleischer considered Mr. Bug Goes to Town to be a failure, and refused to adknowledge the film as one of his achievements in a 1950s interview—although it may have been because it was the film that contributed to destroying Fleischer Studios and getting him booted out; the fact that he and David Fleischer had a terrible falling out while they were making the film probably didn't help matters either.
He also hated the Made-For-TV Out of the Inkwell cartoons, and was horrified when he first watched them.
Hugh Harman of the Harman and Ising duo claimed late in his life that he grew to hate all but three of the shorts he made—"The Old Mill Pond", "Blue Danube", and "Peace on Earth". And even then, Hugh admitted that he wasn't completely satisfied with how Peace On Earth turned out, and felt that the film needed to be far longer than it was.
"Peace on Earth was a tough one to animate and to write. We shouldn't actually have made that as a one-reeler, we should have made it in about three to five reels. We cut it and cut it and cut it; we didn't cut footage that was animated—nobody in his right mind does that, unless it's bad. But cutting the storyboard and switching around. It has some flaws. I just got tired of it near the end. That's always been a weakness with me, that I get so fed up on it at the end of a picture that I would just as soon turn it over to the Girl Scouts to make. Unless it were a feature that would warrant going on with costs forever. I've observed that as a weakness in myself, that I often end up with a weak, insubstantial ending for a picture."
"I think that if we hadn't gotten Alan Burnett to come over, we would have had a lot more shows like this one," noted director Frank Paur of the producer who stepped in to take control of the show's script process first season. Paur also disliked arming Batman with a screwdriver, but had his hands full wrestling with an as yet unsatisfying storyboard crew. "I had to get rid of most of these boards and start from scratch," he said. "It was very time-consuming. Our schedule was so tight, that small things got by." Noted producer Bruce Timm, "I can't even watch that show. It's the epitome of what we don't want to do with Batman. Strangely enough kids like it. The script came in and it was terrible. Normally, I tell the director to do what he can to make it interesting, and nobody could figure out a way to make it interesting. The storyboard artists didn't care, and it shows."
While the episode was based on a good story from the comics and having decent animation, "The Cape and Cowl Conspiracy" was considered a misfire, namely for its lackluster gimmick villain, and Batman having no real motive to play mind games with him.
"I tried to kill this show, but they didn't let me," said director Frank Paur. "We had a lot of storyboard artists who wanted to rebel on this one. The best metaphor is kicking a dead horse. It arrived dead and no matter how hard you kick it, it ain't going to give you a ride."
"The Underdwellers" was likewise considered a dud, namely for censorship problems, bad story elements and very Off Model animation.
"It was my first episode as director, and there are still things in it that I cringe at," said director Frank Paur. Usually when we get an episode, we get to use a lot of discretion and change things. I wish I had been able to spend more time on that script. Another problem at the time, was that we had storyboard people who made things difficult. I found myself going back two or three times to fix scenes. They didn't quite understand we were shooting for a higher standard. So there was always a constant drain on my time. That whole opening sequence of the kids playing chicken with the train should have been cut. That was what we had to contend with at the beginning of the season. We had these little public service announcements worked into the scripts, a concept we nixed real quick." "It's Junio's weakest episode," said producer Bruce Timm. "We almost didn't use them after that. It was the first one that came back that really looked totally unlike our show. It was very Japanese. But I'm glad we did use them again, they've done great work. BS&P took a lot out of this show. Originally, the kids were to be victimized by the Sewer-King, but he was not allowed to be mean or tortorous to any of them. The impact is watered down. If we were doing it today, we probably would have decided not to do the show."
"Lock-Up" was also considered a failure, due to its awful script, blatant plot holes and bloopers (Batman changing into his costume out in the open, not letting us figure out how he escaped), and slow, aimless scenes.
"Prophecy of Doom" was already considered a very average episode, but its criticism was mainly singled out for its terrible animation by Akom.
"If that whole end sequence with the spinning worlds in the observatory had gone to Junio or any other studio, it might have come off, but it went to AKOM," said Bruce Timm. "They just weren't able to pull off that level of animation." "That broke my heart," said director Frank Paur. "I designed those planets using a circle template. How hard is it to animate circles? It was done by hand, and if we had done it now, it would have been done on computer and would have looked spectacular. When I knew the show was going to AKOM, a studio I'd had a long history with, I knew they weren't going to be able to pull it off. Admittedly, it was a tough sequence, but they should have been able to do it."
While not considered a "bad" episode, Bruce Timm was not satisfied with the episode "What Is Reality?", although he ironically complimented Akoms work on it.
"Virtual reality is too science fictiony for our show. While it may be conceivable that it will work in four or five years, Batman transforming himself into a black knight and flying around on a chessboard is unfathomable to me. Strangely enough, it's one of AKOM's better shows. They pulled off all the special effects really well."
"The Mechanic" was also considered dissatisfying, save for some nice action and some of Akoms better animation.
"This was one of those stories in development hell for a long time," said producer Bruce Timm. "We needed scripts. I think it's a stinker, but it has some of AKOM's better animation in it." Noted director Kevin Altieri, "It was the first show that AKOM laid out itself. It's not as good as their 'The Last Laugh,' but had far fewer retakes (almost 80% of 'The Last Laugh' needed retakes.) I think they were threatened that they might lose the work, so they put their A-Team on it. It actually is a script that is similar to the '60s series, but when you do do something like this comedy, you must remember that even thought the script may be goofy, you have to show that the characters are living it. When Earl drops the tires on Penguin's henchmen, he thinks Batman's dead and he's crying."
"Nothing to Fear", despite having some of the series best moments and nice animation work by Dong Yang (whose only glitch was straightening the Scarecrow's crooked posture), was considered to have bad pacing, a cliche way of beating Scarecrow, and an all around mediocre script.
"It was written by Henry Gilroy, who had never written cartoons before," said producer Bruce Timm. "He was a film editor here and always wanted to get into writing. At the time we didn't have a story editor, so we gave it a go. When he turned in his first draft, which wasn't bad, we had hired our first story editor, Sean Derek. We immediately came to loggerheads over this show. Some of the dialogue she changed wasn't changed for the better."
"The Forgotten" was another misfire, mainly for being a message show put forth by the original story editors.
"I didn't want to do this show from the very beginning," said producer Bruce Timm. "Sean Derek was big on doing shows with social messages. And my big problem with message shows, is that you can't solve the world's problems in a half hour cartoon. If you raise the issue of homelessness, what can you do? It makes the episode look very exploitive, because you're just using the problem as an exotic background. You can't discuss the problem on any meaningful level in a 22-minute action cartoon. So I put in the dream sequence with Bruce in the barracks where these multitudes of people are looking to Bruce for a handout, and he doesn't have enough money for them all, and they're surrounding him and suffocating him. It's not enough for him to put a band-aid on the problem at the end, by offering the two guys a job. It just doesn't work." BS&P undercut the script's essential message, as director Boyd Kirkland explained: "There was a sequence at the beginning where Batman is wandering around the city, trying to find out why people were disappearing. It was staged with homeless people hanging around on sidewalks: families, mothers and kids. They made us take all that out of the boards. They said it was too much for kids to see that maybe a woman or a family can be out on the streets. They specifically asked that we only show men as homeless."
"The Cat and the Claw, part 2" was considered a dud, namely for it's many plot holes, a lame villain and downright abysmal animation by Akom.
"The whole end sequence was geared around the explosions, and they were some of the worst you'll ever see," said producer Bruce Timm. "We retook all of them two or three times. They were still awful, but we ran out of time and had to air them."
Bruce Timm really came to regret the Jokers redesign in the New Batman Adventures revamp; it looked good in concept, but he felt it was followed on too literally, and it robbed the Joker of a lot of his fearsome personality.
Ian Pearson and Gavin Blair of ReBoot fame were once famous for the computer animation in the Dire StraitsMoney For Nothing music video. They were proud of their work... at the time, but they despised that they had the suffix title of "Those guys who did Money for Nothing." They showed their feelings in an episode of ReBoot, where two look-alikes for the CGI movers from the video audition at Enzo's birthday party, only to get sandbags dropped on them from high offstage.
Donald F. Glut was one of the few members of The Transformers staff who openly expressed distaste for the series, lambasting its quality as actual art (including the episodes he wrote) and claiming that he only worked on it for the money.
Trey Parker and Matt Stone don't seem particularly proud of the early seasons of South Park, which had the highest ratings of the show's run and a glut of memorable episodes for those who prefer the older, more Toilet Humor-based episodes to the later episodes which have abandoned toilet humor for social satire.
They weren't happy with the way "A Million Little Fibers" turned out, feeling the two subplots of the episode didn't work together because it was "weirdness on top of weirdness". They have stated if they could go back and redo any episode, it would be this one.
The episode "Marjorine" was painful for them to watch, because they felt the three subplots (Butters pretending to be a girl, the boys treating the girl's paper fortune teller as a real scientific device, and Butters's parents believing they had brought Butters back to life a la Pet Sematary) should have been their own episodes, and were wasted as is.
They also have a fair amount of disdain for Season 8, claiming they were going through a bout of writer's block due to the grueling schedule they were under while filming Team America: World Police. In particular, "Good Times With Weapons" was deemed a weak episode by them, despite being one of the show's most fondly remembered episodes.
"The Principal and the Pauper," which retconned Principal Skinner's past, saying instead he had assumed the life of the "real" Skinner and then brushed these revelations under the rug in a blatant reset button. Both Groening and Skinner voice actor Harry Shearer have publicly criticized the episode. The later "Behind the Laughter" episode referred to this one as "gimmicky" and "nonsensical."
"A Star Is Burns," a crossover with The Criticforced upon the show by the network. Groening removed his name from the episode in protest and doesn't appear on the DVD commentary for the episode. It must be noted that this was in protest, the episode itself is considered a classic episode, with such lines as Barney's "Don't cry for me - I'm already dead!")
Groening also expresses embarrassment for the Tracey Ulmann shorts for their crudeness. He and the staff were also so appalled by the original attempt at the pilot of the original series "Some Enchanted Evening" (due to its similar cruder, more abstract animation) that they had it reanimated (the original cut is shown on DVD with commentary from the staff, in which none of them have a single nice thing to say about it between them).
An in-universe example: Homer wrote Flanders a hate song. Said song eventually became an in-universe meme. Its popularity rose to the point where even Homer himself had enough (see quote at top of page).
Speaking of The Critic, Jay Sherman has an in-universe outburst about a film he wrote, Ghostchasers III, begging the Crips and Bloods to stop killing each other and go kill network executives.
Disney director Wilfred Jackson was so ashamed of his first directorial effort, a Mickey Mouse short called "The Castaway", that he vowed never to make a film that didn't feel like a Disney picture again.
Walt Disney (the man) hated the 1935 Silly Symphonies short "The Golden Touch". After he finished it, he never directed a short again. According to Jack Kinney's autobiography, he allegedly blasted an animator over a mistake and the animator shot back that he was the one who directed The Golden Touch. Walt stormed out—but came back later and angrily warned him to never, ever mention the cartoon again.
Walt also had some dislike of Goofy, as mentioned in Neal Gabler's biography on Walt. According to Gabler, Walt "threaten[ed] constantly to terminate [the Goofy series of shorts] before relenting, largely to provide work for his animators." The dislike most likely stemmed from a bitter falling out that Walt had with Goofy's voice actor Pinto Colvig in the late 1930s. After Disney and Colvig reconciled in the early 1950s, there was evidence that Walt had warmed up to the character, even dedicating an episode to him on the Wonderful World of Color television show. It should be noted, however, that Gabler's book cites no source for the claim of Walt hating Goofy.
There is also an unsubstantiated rumor that Walt hated Donald Duck; however, according to "Of Mice And Magic", many of the staff such as director Jack Hannah really did hate working on Donald Duck shorts.
The Bananaman cartoon series was hated by virtually every cast member that starred in it, as well as Steve Bright, who wrote the Bananaman comic strip. To a lesser extent, this also applies to the strip's original artist, John Geering, who liked the series overall but wasn't fond of how his characters had been redesigned.
Tex Avery expressed a dislike for his character Screwy Squirrel, even going so far as to kill him off for real at the end of Screwy's fifth and final short. In a BBC documentary, one former animator once told Avery he sent him letters with drawings of Screwy Squirrel on them in the hope that his hero would be more prone to open and read them. As it turned out, Avery simply threw each letter with Screwy's face on it in the trash can!
John Kricfalusi of Ren and Stimpy fame has warned his fans not to study his cartoons from the original series. He summed it up saying "For one thing that we did right, there was a million mistakes". However, when using examples of a well-constructed story and good dialogue, he uses the cartoon "Stimpy's Invention" quite a lot. In general, John is actually pretty critical of the original show, to where he claimed once that he can't really enjoy watching his own cartoons, because all he can see are the mistakes he made on them. He also felt the original show in its initial seasons (sans the Carbunkle episodes) were very inconsistent from a drawing and animation perspective, and had many bad drawings in them (hence why he discourages his students from studying them). Some episodes he singled out for criticism include;
"Nurse Stimpy" was an episode that turned out so bad, that John flat out disowned it and refused to put his name on it (crediting himself as "Raymond Spum" instead)—mainly for the cuts Nickelodeon wanted (who axed a good chunk of footage out of the cartoon) and many artistic failings; "The timing was bad. The drawings are bad. The colors are bad. From an artistic standpoint, to me, it's a really ugly cartoon."
"The Littlest Giant", mainly for it's very slow pacing and sparse gags. He derogatorily nicknamed it "The Littlest Jokes".
"Marooned"; he felt that the premise had merit, but was undermined by the episodes horrible timing (which was freelanced to another company) and some artistic mistakes that came from having to rush aspects of the episode.
John K:"Marooned had great ideas, but the execution fell short; the timing was horrible. We freelanced the timing on that one and it was just way too slow...We just rushed through it, and so you see a lot of really bad mistakes. You see the aliens at the end, the giant brain guys. They're on overlays, but we were rushing through it so fast that you can see the tear lines around them—they're on cut-out pieces of paper glued to cels. It looks awful."
He also considered the episode "Black Hole" a failure for several reasons;
John K:"Its a complete failure. In every aspect it's bad; it's drawn bad, there's no direction to it at all, the timing's bad. It's a winner by default; somehow the premise managed to get through, even though the specific story points don't illustrate the premise very well. It was lucky."
Later on, he singled out the cartoon for criticism again, but this time for it's poor structure;
John K:"I produced a cartoon that really suffered from poor structure: Black Hole. The premise of the story was simple. Ren and Stimpy get sucked through a black hole into another dimension where the physical laws are different than ours. Thus, they begin to mutate into weirder and weirder forms. Or...they should have. Instead they morph randomly and not in a building progression. The funniest morphs are early on, and then later they are less weird, so I considered that cartoon quite a failure. I've made other crap too, but my goal is always to have good solid structure and momentum."
"Monkey See, Monkey Don't". While the episode wasn't directed by him, he singled out this particular episode as "the worst Ren and Stimpy cartoon ever made." (of the first two seasons)
While he liked how "A Visit to Anthony" turned out, he was dissatisfied at how undirected the acting of Anthony's dad turned out, and he felt the sound effects and music (added by Games) were "clumsy and inappropriate".
"I directed the recordings of all the characters EXCEPT my Dad, ironically and was very disappointed when I heard it. It sounded like the actor didn't know the story and was reading it for the first time, so he didn't give it the meaning that the drawings conveyed. It was a professional live action actor and I think whoever directed him was afraid to actually give him any direction. And also didn't know my Dad." "I think the animation was done at Rough Draft and it was amazing. The fireplace scene was especially impressive with all the cool effects. The sound effects and music was clumsy and inappropriate as per usual in the Games episodes. That's something they just never got, even though I sent them a long treatise on how to make the sound match the moods of the story."
John stated in a web chat that he felt the early Games episodes had good art, background and story ideas, but were ultimately mangled by lousy direction. In the DVD Commentary for "Stimpy's Cartoon Show", he criticized some aspects of how the final cartoon was handled, namely for muddling it's "Artist Vs. Non-Artist" message by changing Ren from executive to producer—while he did submit it in the cartoon as that in an attempt to avoid executive scrutiny, he felt Games used it as a chance to turn the cartoon into a attack on him instead of meddling executives (although he was ok with that), and that there were weird expressions that didn't really work in context. He also criticized the Games episodes for their mean spiritedness and ruining the chemistry between the two leads.
"Elinor Blake and I wrote Stimpy's Cartoon Show and I had planned for that to be an epic, but the direction was pretty bungled. I explain it all on the commentary. The first Games DVD is coming out soon. I'd say it's definitely worth getting. Lots of good artwork, great backgrounds and some good stories-alas, no discernible direction."
"Incidentally, this cartoon suffers from some piss-poor timing, because we had just started the new episodes and were trying out a new system of shooting storyboards and timing them to music. A lot of the gags would play better if I could go back and cut them tighter. I apologize in advance! (Just run it in fast forward!)"
Billy West does not like talking about working on the show and refuses to work with John Kricfalusi ever again, citing having a bad experience with him on and off it. In particular, Kricfalusi demanded West quit the show alongside him in order to force the network to hire him back even though West needed the job and could have been blacklisted alongside Kricfalusi had he done it and failed.
To a lesser extent Bob Camp, while he enjoyed working on the show, he has similar bad memories working with Kricfalusi and executive demands, and wasn't satisfied with a lot of his directed episodes during the Games Animation seasons.
He also detested his work with Heathcliff and the Catillac Cats, which he deemed "mediocre." Other people who worked on that series, including Chuck Lorre, Scott Shaw and Eddie Fitzgerald share his sentiments despite the cartoon being fondly remembered among those who grew up watching it.
One seems to get that impression watching the 3rd Family GuyStar Wars specialIt's A Trap! with Stewie quickly mentioning they were going to do Return of the Jedi and Peter sighing and saying "Let's get this over with." followed by the opening scroll turning into a massive rant about how they (they being Seth MacFarlane and the rest of the crew) never wanted to do this nor Something Something Something Dark Side and only did so so Seth could do other projects without them (them being 20th Century Fox) complaining. Given that Family Guy does a lot of throwaway lines, it can be hard to tell they really meant it, at least until you listen to their DVD commentaries; turns out they meant every word of it.
Episodes of Family Guy use tons of Self-Deprecation gags about the show or other works the creators are responsible for (the Star Wars specials also include several jibes to Seth Green's Robot Chicken). Granted given the overall tone of such gags (and the fact they are expressed by less than sound individuals in the show) it may also count as Take That, Critics!.
Phil Vischer - upon giving an interview regarding the series Jelly Telly - mentioned that he now considers his earlier series, Veggie Tales, as something of a failure because it stressed basic morals while largely downplaying the Christian beliefs behind those morals; Vischer says that Jelly Telly was created to rectify this problem. Though in a later podcast Phil posted (which no longer exists), he says that he still like working with the show, and knows that it's in good hands with Doug TenNapel.
Though the Awdrys co operated a lot with early seasons of Thomas And Friends, they voiced some dislike for some of the show's original stories, due to the unrealistic plot points occasionally used (particularly the episode "Henry's Forest"). Wilbert Awdry in particular wrote letters of disgust to series writers David Mitton and Britt Allcroft, accusing them of becoming "big headed" with his work. Christopher Awdry also resented having to write new installments of The Railway Series with Thomas as the main character to tie in with the show's popularity. He wrote "More About Thomas The Tank Engine" solely to give the show more material for episodes, and was rather dissatisfied with it.
She also came to dislike the "Equal Fights" episode of The Powerpuff Girls, feeling that she had tried too hard to incorporate adult-oriented subject matter (namely how to distinguish genuine feminism from Straw Feminism) into a children's show in a way that didn't do it justice.
She has also disowned the Fosters Home For Imaginary Friends episode "Everyone Knows It's Bendy", citing that the title character was an unlikable and unsympathetic Karma Houdini. She hated the episode as much as the fanbase did, and the character was then permanently written out of the series.
She has also made tweets expressing disgust for My Little Pony Equestria Girls's dolls, and an interview with her husband said that she's "not a fan" of Equestria Girls, and apparently that would have made her leave if Hasbro approached her with it.
Co-creator David X. Cohen has stated that he feels that he "went too far" with the Futurama episode "In-A-Gadda-Da-Leela" , in which the last scene consists of Leela trying to force herself onto Zapp.
Judging by the Credits Gags, the writers of Tiny Toon Adventures didn't care all that much for some of their episodes; to list some of them, "Strange Weird Tales of Science" had "Number of Retakes - Don't Ask", "Career Oppor-Toon-ities" had "Don’t Miss Our Next Show – It’s Actually Entertaining", "Flea For Your Life" had "It Didn’t Work On Paper – It Doesn’t Work On Film", "Weekday Afternoon Live" had "We Thought This Would Be Funny – But Noooooooo!", and "Hog Wild Hamton" had a fake disclaimer reading "The Humor In Today’s Show Does Not Represent Anything That Was Ever Found In Any Way Funny By Anyone Who Ever Lived".
Craig Bartlettreally detests the infamous Hey Arnold! episode "Arnold Betrays Iggy", which created a tidal wave of fan backlash. As a result of it, he made the staff issue a public apology for making it, the character Iggy was almost permanently written out of the series (He never appeared in a speaking role again until the final season), and it was barred from airing on television until it was seen again on The '90s Are All That.
Stephen Hillenburg and lots of the Sponge Bob Squarepants staff hated the episode, "One Coarse Meal" because Mr. Krabs drove Plankton to suicide and laughed at it and showed no remorse for what he did at all. They hate it as much as the fans do.
There's at least one example of an artist being rather disappointed that they got a Daily Deviation... on a joke piece they made ABOUT Daily Deviations. Understandable in that they had so many examples of attractive, interesting art in their journal that had always been overlooked.
Moderately-popular DeviantArt cartoonist BrokenTeapot initially used to draw comics and characters involving Fetish-Fuel driven material, mostly related to Hypnofetishism as either his own pieces or fan-commissions. Somewhere along the line he has since become ashamed of them in general, criticized the attraction and attention he had gotten from said fetishes, and went on to draw almost predominantly video game-related parody one-page comics. Later, he would begin a Castlevania-inspired spoof called "Nosfera" which become relatively popular. Soon after eventually finishing the ongoing comic, he would go on to write a surprising post about how it "sucked" and stated he would begin doing it over. He's currently in the process of doing just this.
Dom Fera, of Lazer Collection fame. The series often completely overshadows the rest of his work. He expressed this sentiment in Lazer Collection 4. That said, he doesn't hate the Lazer Collection, he just thought it was ridiculous that people expected him to put out 4 so soon after 3.
Illusionist David Copperfield is reportedly not happy with his 10th TV special "The Bermuda Triangle." On a DVD commentary he mentioned that he didn't like the final illusion (to be fair it is VERY hokey) and that it came "during a very rough part of my career." However, the special did feature one of Copperfield's signature tricks...The Death Saw.
He considered the cosmological constant term he added to his theory of general relativity to be his "biggest blunder", as he put it in in an attempt to make his theory consistent with a static universe. Shortly after, Edwin Hubble published observations that the universe was in fact expanding, in accordance with the original theory of general relativity… However, as of circa 2000, a nonzero cosmological constant has become part of the standard model for cosmology, as there are stars that are older than the age of the universe as computed using original general relativity (if expansion is accelerating, then it was previously slower, and it would therefore have taken a longer time than predicted by original general relativity for the universe to expand to its present size).
Also relevant is Einstein's involvement in quantum mechanics. He expanded on Max Planck's ideas, wrote a paper in 1905 on the photoelectric effect, won a Nobel Prize for his breakthrough, and out of that, the whole field of quantum mechanics was born, which is influential in science and computing to this day. However, once Erwin Schrödinger and Max Born realized that probability and randomness were major factors in quantum mechanics, Einstein turned his back on the whole field, trying to debunk it to his dying day, refusing to accept it long after it had become useful to the rest of the scientific community.
Spen King, the designer of the Range Rover, said in an interview in 2004 that his creations had become "oversized toys for pretentious city slickers" and that people who drive 4x4s in town were "pompous and stupid". He added that his creations were "never intended as a status symbol but later incarnations of my design seem to be intended for that purpose".
Microsoft Internet Explorer 6. They even created a website dedicated to getting people to drop it.
Surrealist artist René Magritte once titled a painting of a pretty blue sky with clouds◊ "The Curse". Scholars have debated what kind of "curse" may have prompted that title, but some believe that it refers to Magritte being thoroughly sick of how his other works featuring pretty blue skies with clouds were the ones that were most popular.
Vince Lombardi once said "Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." He later said "I wish I'd never said the thing. I meant the effort... I meant having a goal... I sure didn't mean for people to crush human values and morality."
Anna Jarvis, the creator of Mother's Day resented the commercialization the holiday bought and was even arrested protesting it.
Gail Simone hates the term Stuffed into the Fridge and regrets coining it largely because she feels it's been horribly distorted and over-applied by feminists ever since it's creation, being used to insult any work in which a female character gets hurt or dies. It really doesn't help that when she started working for DC Comics she became friends with Ron Marz (the writer the trope is named in reference to) and was promptly insulted by some "fans" for being nice to him.
David Karp, founder and CEO of Tumblr, intended for his website to be an open space to share new ideas. In his words, it became "...a place for angry, sexually repressed women to complain about men like me... Everyone knows the old Oppenheimer quote 'I am become death, destroyer of worlds.' Well, I think tumblr's slogan at this point should be 'I am become angst, destroyer of fun.'".