9 July 2008 | sorrybutt
what happens when designers and animators get jaded?
they make kids shows.
why are ducks always the loud-mouthed firecracker who can never do anything right? Disney and warner brothers cartoons. the stereotypes are consistent in this show. in this case, DUCK also has a southern twang.
it accomplishes its intention to teach phonics and spelling conventions, but it is of note that requiring animation to hold someone's attention to a story means it discourages reading. fortunately, the jokes are not funny, there is almost no story, and the characters are tedious, so there will be no emotional attachment.
the animations are relatively well-done, but it seems that the show was conceived of by graphic designers segueing into character design. creative typography is a very appealing trick for graphic designers. on this show, since the character design is not especially inspired/ iconic, i can assume that this is a portfolio piece.
overall, while i can appreciate having children learn spelling with ease, i don't know if they should be exposed to mind numbing story lines and DUCK.