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The Top 20 Stories of 2014 on Cartoon Brew


The American animation industry’s wage-fixing scandal garnered the most attention on Cartoon Brew this year, with three of our most viewed stories centered on that topic.

Overall, it was a serious year: our top five was rounded out by stories on animation not getting respect from the mainstream film industry; Clarence creator Skyler Page being booted from Cartoon Network after inappropriate behavior was made public on Twitter; false take-down notices of indie animation on YouTube (ironically, from Sony); and Andy Serkis versus animators.

Layoffs, executive departures, and Meryl Streep’s failed attempt to be an animation historian also proved popular with readers. And the year’s most-viewed post specifically about an animated short: Shrek is Love, Shrek is Life. This is, after all, still the Internet.

Here are 2014’s top twenty posts, ranked by pageviews:

1. “Definitive Proof That Academy Voters Are Ignorant About Animation”

2. Clarence Creator Skyler Page Out of Cartoon Network After Sexual Assault Allegations”

3. “Pixar’s Ed Catmull Emerges As Central Figure In The Wage-Fixing Scandal”
Edwin Catmull. (Photo illustration: Catmull photo by Deborah Coleman/Pixar; $ symbol via Shutterstock.)
4. “Sony Demands Removal of Open-Source Indie Short Sintel From YouTube”

5. “Andy Serkis Does Everything, Animators Do Nothing, Says Andy Serkis”

6. “DreamWorks Lays Off Dozens of Employees As Dragons 2 Continues to Underperform”

7. “Farewell To Stu Snyder, The Man Who Tried To Make Cartoon Network Cartoon-Less”

8. “Production is Over On Phineas and Ferb, Future of Show Up in the Air”

9. “Pixar Makes Painterly CG: New Research Could Change The Look of Their Films”
10. Lord of the Rings Animation Supervisor Randall William Cook Speaks Out On Andy Serkis”

11. “Disney, DreamWorks, Pixar, Lucasfilm, Sony Are Sued in Wage Theft Scandal”
12. “Fact-Checking Meryl Streep’s Disney-Bashing Speech”

13. Shrek is Love, Shrek is Life by Airplane Randy”

14. “Disney Villains Perfume Bottles”

15. “10 Animated Sexploitation Features from the Sixties and Seventies”

16. “Disney and DreamWorks May Have Been Part of Illegal Pixar/Lucasfilm Wage-Fixing Cartel”

17. “The Ultimate Guide to Animated Mockbusters”

18. “Cartoon Network Pulls “Too Sexy” Powerpuff Girls Comic Book Cover”
19. “Disney’s Frozen: The Acting and Performance Analysis”

20. Triplets of Belleville Director Sylvain Chomet Does French Simpsons Couch Gag”
  • James STanley

    An excellent compilation of some of the finest and most shocking stories in the animation world to come out so far. I’m particularly glad the one with the French Simpsons got on here…

  • Pedro Nakama

    I hope in 2015 something happens with the wage cartel. Something for the benefit of the artists.

  • Josh Moore

    I’m really hoping something will turn Dreamworks Animation’s bad luck around or else it will go in the way of Filmation.

  • Maggiemay

    2a. But hires convicted rapist Mike Tyson for cartoon.

  • jonhanson

    Well that’s certainly a depressing list! Hoping next year’s most popular articles are slightly more possitive.

    • mick

      Bad news sells more than good. Tests were conducted with the Liverpool Echo running positive headlines for a few days and the sales fell significantly

  • Really surprised of Disney villains perfumes popularity here and elsewhere on the internet. It’s one of those ideas you smack yourself over the head for not coming up with first, unbeknownst to you how big it would be.

    Though it’s so well executed it could have only been done by that artist.

  • StephaneDumas

    It could be interesting to mention some honorable mentions like “Big Hero 6” and the new Asterix movie in 3d “Le Domaine des Dieux”.

    One thing Cartoon Brew didn’t mentionned was the 3rd Fairly Oddparents live-action movie, the ill-fated “Fairly Odd Summer” where Timmy Turner falls to the lava to reborn as a fairy. ;-) I got the feeling then in 20 years we’ll still remember Gerry Anderson with Fireball XL5, Stingray, Thunderbirds, Supercar, Captain Scarlet, Joe 90, Secret Service UFO, Space 1999, Terrahawks then Butch Hartman.

  • truteal

    The fact that you guys haven’t done a story on Korrsami is really surprising

  • Shrek is Love, Shrek is Life at #13.
    Hell ya.