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  • by Jayfish
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Glad to hear the new timeline, but is 10 months typical for most animated production? That seems incredibly long to me (given something like South Park's fast turnaround), but I'm sure type of animation, budget, personnel and lots of other variables come into play. Anybody have any insight here?
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Apr. 24, 2012, 4:11pm
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  • by The Mysterious 'H'
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10 months is about average for most productions. South Park just has a really fast turnaround due to the software they use and the fact that almost everything happens in one building. Most shows have a place for storyboarding/writing, another for voice recording, then have the bulk of the animation done somewhere else (usually overseas). After they get that back, they check it for animation errors, any of which are sent back for redoing. Then they score and foley the episode, edit it down for time and any content issues before finally being finished.
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Apr. 24, 2012, 6:08pm
Yeah, South Park is really the exception rather than the rule. Small-scale shows like ATHF can also be pretty quick to animate but for a traditionally animated show like Venture Bros, The Simpsons, Family Guy etc it's at least 10 months from start to finish.
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Apr. 24, 2012, 6:16pm
  • by Dean #1124
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Man, we still have another 7 months at least of a wait? I mean, heck, it's already been a over a year since Season 5 and 6 were announced as being picked up. That would be close to two whole years between the two seasons.

Is there going to be such a massive wait between 5 & 6 as there is between 4 & 5?
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May. 21, 2012, 1:06pm
I asked them that when I interviewed them after NYCC and the answer was no at the time. They want to roll right over into season six once season five is completed. Not sure if that will happen in practice (especially since the transition from season three to four was so difficult), but they do have a bigger budget and more people working so hopefully they can do it this time.
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May. 21, 2012, 4:51pm
  • by Dean #1124
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If a 2+ year wait (when you consider that Operation PROM aired in November of 2010!) is what comes with more money and people, then I'd hate to see what they'd do with the same budget!
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May. 21, 2012, 10:11pm
  • by Rastaran
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Well, Jackson and Doc I think spent most of the time writing. They only started the actual animation for it in January; so it makes sense I reckon.
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Jun. 10, 2012, 2:33am
That's ok, South Park isn't really that funny and usually stabs for the lowest common denominator joke and beats it to death with a stick.
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Sep. 21, 2012, 2:35pm

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