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Want to break into cartoon animation? Check out these words of advice. In today’s television market there are two types of animated shows: those that appeal to children and those that appeal to adults.
There is a plethora of animated series that appeal to children. One of the most popular and most successful is SquarePants.SpongeBob
SpongeBob SquarePants is the hit animated TV series about a goofy sponge and his neurotic underwater friends. The series premiered in 1999 to worldwide critical acclaim and is one of the most watched animated shows on television.
Animated shows that appeal to an adult audience include shows like Fox TV’s The Simpsons and Family Guy.
The Simpsons came around during a time when the general public considered animated shows as only appropriate for children, and too expensive for prime-time television. However, the success of The Simpsons led to the rebirth of animation on both TV and in film. Because of The Simpsons, the public hungered again for humorous animated shows. This development led to the wealth of successful, prime-time animated shows in the 90’s, such as Family Guy, South Park, King of the Hill, and Futurama.
Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane told Vanity Fair, “As far as I’m concerned, they [The Simpsons] basically re-invented the wheel. They created what is in many ways- you could classify it as- a wholly new medium.”
When casting for animated TV shows these days, Hollywood producers hire voice over actors who have a well-developed set of characters. Many of these actors have an improvisational comedy background. They also understand the business of TV animation. Developing your skills and understanding how the business works will give any voice over actor a major advantage.