Anybody who loves animated cartoons should be interested in knowing the truth about them. Which is that they have lives after the camera stops filming, and pretty interesting ones at that. This book will give you the truth about who they are and what they feel, direct from their lips. Particularly about how the leaders of the world want them out of the way, for good….
Sent: Thursday, 12 September, 2019 1:32:15 PM
Subject: Re: America ‘Toons In Notes; Response To Previous E-Mail
Just wondering if you have had a chance to consider this e-mail that I sent you in July. Please let me know what you think regarding this matter.
Sent: Thursday, 18 July, 2019 3:37:52 PM
Subject: America ‘Toons In Notes; Response To Previous E-Mail
Thank you for your interest in producing a second edition of America ?Toons In. Your support of me and my work has been much appreciated, and I hope it can continue to be so in the future.
I gather from your previous e-mail that you wish to go ahead with this second edition. It was not entirely clear in your previous e-mail.
Re: Streaming- I am not opposed to including programs of this nature in my analysis of the current period in the final chapter. Some of these programs are equals in quality to that of mainstream network and cable productions, and have been the subject of research by scholars of animation in the recent past. The question is, as with the network and cable shows, how many shows to watch and how many episodes of same to view. Also of concern is whether or not the streaming model is to be treated as a permanent thing, or a product of its time. Netflix may clean up when the Emmy nominations are announced, but it is also, despite its ubiquity, a money-losing enterprise. It is also not certain whether any of the other streaming services will ?last? in the same way. What I want to do is preserve the balanced discussions of programming sources in the original book: streaming can be treated as one such source, but I also do not want it to ?take over? the narrative of the chapter, by any means.
While I applaud the streaming services for producing this original content, I disagree with their treatment of that content as temporary and disposable, and so I have not explored much of their animated wares for this reason. The new version of the book would give me the excuse I need to look at them more closely.
I have access to Netflix, Amazon Prime, Google Play and YouTube through my current cable TV package, so I would focus on material I can see on those sources. I would have to exclude sites such as Hulu which are available only in the United States, but I might be able to see them via YouTube or elsewhere.
As I stated before, the main objective of this new edition would be to tighten and revise the narrative of the original text, removing outdated material and making final judgements on material that was still in progress when the original version was produced, as well as providing assessments of programs that have been produced since that time. Your request for a reduction of size in the text would be met by concentrating less on the non-animation topics in the narrative, as well as by removing a number of the footnotes in the back which are no longer relevant. This would free up space for fuller discussion of the programs and an expansion of the bibliography to include new texts.
I hope this is an acceptable idea to you, and we can proceed with work on this new edition ASAP.