09:03:34 AM Sep 1st 2013
I recently cut many trope entries from this page which referred exclusively to this creator's blog, as opposed to his animation work. It occurred to me that somebody might want to make a page for the blog, as a "Work on Trope". The following are the cut entries about tropes discussed on the blog:
- Mars Needs Women: When John fondly recalls how old sci-fi comics had lots of scantily clad women in them that the aliens were always after in the post "A Universal Truth".
- Disney School of Acting and Mime: He has strongly expressed his disdain for "Disney acting", feeling that it encourages formulaic, "in-human" acting, to the point where he forbids his artists from drawing anything that he considers a Disney expression.
- Dreamworks Face: He hates this expression so much that he won't let his staff draw anything that even remotely looks like it, including non-cocky smirks or eyebrows raised out of curiosity.
- Filler: He considers things like phony pathos scenes and character arcs to be a waste of the audience's time and having zilch to do with entertainment.
- Lazy Artist: John strongly insists that solid drawing is (almost always) the backbone of nearly any worthwhile cartoon or comic, claiming that poor drawing or lazy artistry will severely limit what you can do creatively with animation, hence why he has high standards for his artists.
- Rotoscoping: Strongly discouraged by him, with one comment telling a student to just learn how to draw on their own, and that it doesn't help anything and it looks terrible.
- Tear Jerker moments : He hates Pathos scenes in general, at least scenes that use staging, mood tricks and music instead of emotions to trigger them, since they strike him as a cheap, sleazy way of getting audience symphathy, instead of using the characters acting. He even made "Son of Stimpy" to show just how easy it is to get people to cry over a scene when you use the right tricks, as he discusses here.
01:21:44 AM Sep 1st 2013
This guy may be an Insufferable Genius, but he's a genius all the same. I read his blog all the time!