In 2008, during the heat of the controversy surrounding the government’s impending bill to amend the Copyright Act, many struggled to find compelling and appealing ways to explain the issue to the masses. The new bill would protect digital locks from any type of circumvention, meaning Canadians would be trapped within the confines of proprietary use and would effectively lose any right to use footage or samples from existing works for any reason whatsoever.
Most were (and, to a degree, still are) completely indifferent in spite of how intrusive and wide spread its effects would really be. I decided that the best way to approach this was by hi-jacking the otherwise positive and nostalgic feelings that are shared by many for the Christmas holiday season and using them as a vehicle to demonstrate the type of despair that this issue warrants.
While that original bill did not pass, a similar bill is currently wading its way through the Parliamentary process that has most of the same dire problems. The original post with this story went down with the old “Zannen, Canada” site, so here it is again. Merry Christmas!
Being the first ever computer animated television series, ReBoot is often reflected upon for its technical influence on modern television animation. Given how outrageously generic CGI methods have made modern cartoons, this is a somewhat flawed way of looking at things. Instead, ReBoot can still be marvelled at for its sophisticated writing, which has rarely been matched to this day.
Back at Anime Evolution 2009, I was fortunate enough to grab an interview with the co-creator of ReBoot and one of the masterminds behind what we once knew as Mainframe Entertainment: Gavin Blair. For those who missed it on the old site, here it is again.
Now that the “zannen.ca” domain name is pointing directly to this site, it has come to my attention that a good amount of the old site’s traffic came from people looking for the scanlations of the Cybersix comic I had posted. Unfortunately, the files are not currently online. However a new group is currently working on an English translation of the series and will have them posted shortly. Please keep your eyes on this site for updates.
In their Fall 2010 Programming Announcement, an excellent summary of which can be found courtesy of Primus over at I Miss Bionix, the much discussed Canadian youth television station YTV is finally delivering a full series from their 2005 pilot competition, Funpak. Worth noting is that Sidekick, which starts on 11 September, is not only heavily retooled from the version that was originally featured, it also isn’t the series that won the competition. That honour should have gone to The Manly Bee, which won the online polls.
Regardless, anyone who was following the program five years ago should certainly remember Harold Rosenbaum: Chartered Accountant Extreme, a remarkable and effectual send-up to the stilted, low-budget cartoons of the late 1960s. In the United States a series like this would’ve been green-lit and produced by Adult Swim in a heartbeat, but in the a country whose cultural productions are tangled in the litany of government subsidization, it was not as lucky.
At the very least, we can still enjoy the existing twenty-five minutes of content. All five parts of the pilot are embedded below for your viewing pleasure. Continue reading