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Buffy the Animated Series

The trailer for the aborted Buffy the Animated Series, for those of you who hadn't gotten around to seeing it yet (thanks for the link, ona_tangent... been meaning to track this down...)

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polyanarch
Oct. 15th, 2008 10:08 pm (UTC)
I am so full of anger and bile that this wasn't made..

Why, oh why???
bzero
Oct. 15th, 2008 10:39 pm (UTC)
Ah. The great wisdom and foresight of the networks, I'd bet.
radclyff
Oct. 15th, 2008 10:38 pm (UTC)
Well...that's just evil. Now I want to see something that's not even going into production...
bzero
Oct. 15th, 2008 10:40 pm (UTC)
D'oh! Sorry.

Makes me want to run my Buffy RPG...
radclyff
Oct. 15th, 2008 10:44 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's all your fault. *wink, wink, nudge, nudge* *snark*
bzero
Oct. 16th, 2008 02:43 am (UTC)
hee! I blame ona_tangent. >B^)
fates_schmuck
Oct. 16th, 2008 01:22 pm (UTC)
I'm no great fan of Buffy...not to the degree that every human around me seems to be. Still, I admit the show was incredibly effective at being what it was, and was a great piece of entertainment. The show's been great fun when I've watched it. It just never got me hooked.

That said, am I the only person who sees that this would have SUCKED? In the non-vampire sense of the word?

First of all, the dialogue (as demonstrated perfectly in this trailer) would have fallen flatter than flat. The off-the-cuff, improvisational vibe of the characters together requires the actors to play off one anothers' inflections and performances. Which is impossible to achieve when you're editing together prerecorded dialogue from actors reading their lines in isolation.

The show's bouncy dialogue required agile actors inhabiting their roles, and it just doesn't work when delivered by two-dimensional figures. That vampire's lines..."there are things in the dark...dark things..." COULD have worked in a live-action scene, where the actor might have made a subtle facial change or movement choice to add a bit of menace to it. Instead it comes off as clumsy, uncreative dialogue when spoken by a flat image with one moving part on his face (before that face transmorphs into slightly-evil, that is).

There's no evidence this show would have been able to hit the mature highs of the live series. In all likelihood, it would have been dumbed down to play for kids. I don't know when in the course of the original series this version was floated, but it feels like the relationships viz Buffy-Willow-Xander are not what they became, and that kind of character development would have been verboten on a kids' show. (Willow as lesbian? Sympathetic undead characters? Mattel just pulled their advertising.)

So...I guess I'm being a negative guy here, but I think true fans of this work should be grateful that you've got a comic book series instead of a Saturday Morning neutering of this show.

I'll stop talking now.
bzero
Oct. 16th, 2008 03:13 pm (UTC)
Eh, you don't have to stop talking. I would have been interested in this show if it lived up to its intended mark -- something along the lines of Batman the Animated Series, which I loved. I also trust Jeph Loeb to do interesting things with the characters along that format. Batman the Animated Series presumably had restrictions, but worked well within them. Also, the series would have been "frozen" first season, so Angel-as-Angelus, lesbian Willow, etc, would never come up. It certainly wouldn't have been the *same* as the live-action show, but I can like BtAS without it being Dark Knight. *grin*
fates_schmuck
Oct. 16th, 2008 03:22 pm (UTC)
I can get behind that. I never liked that cartoons were static in time vis-a-vis character development and plot progression, even as a kid. How long must the Smurfs suffer the attacks of Gargamel before developing a Strategic Defense Initiative? It just makes sense.
bzero
Oct. 16th, 2008 03:25 pm (UTC)
*grin* The lack of change would possibly become an issue if he series lasted a while -- how long can the characters remain between episodes 7 and 8, without actually growing and learning anything that would presumably have come into play at the end of the first season? It's a continuity nightmare, but that has never stopped the producers of the Buffy comics (and, for that matter, Star Trek books, comics, and the like).
fates_schmuck
Oct. 16th, 2008 04:39 pm (UTC)
That's probably why I never got into the whole fan fic thing. That and the creepy slash factor. I wanted to see more episodes of Sports Night, sure, but I can't imagine Danny would ever take it up the butt from Casey.
bzero
Oct. 16th, 2008 04:54 pm (UTC)
LOL!

I like the idea of slashfic as a concept (especially if the pairings are naughty and wrong), but I never actually want to devote the time to read any. LOL
fates_schmuck
Oct. 16th, 2008 06:37 pm (UTC)
I usually get partway into the really absurd pairings and laugh for a while before I remember that the authors are probably taking the stories ABSOLUTELY ONE HUNDRED PERCENT SERIOUSLY. Then I walk away.
bzero
Oct. 16th, 2008 07:35 pm (UTC)
*snicker* Most of the ones I've actually read are of the "no way this would happen -- but if it did, wouldn't it be hot and/or wrong" variety. Most of the serious ones I've actually enjoyed have not been of the slash variety.
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