Re: The vortex scene on "The Pastmaster Always Ring Twice".

From: Kevin L. Knoles <>
Date: Tue, 26 Mar 1996 20:50:44 -0600 (CST)

> >a critic stated that it was animated in South Korea, so there you go. That's
> >my source. It's not much of one, but it does put the nationality
> >under suspicion.

> Ahem . . . I *know* this is also sorta off-topic but I kinda resent this
> remark about South Korea. If you haven't noticed from my last name, it's
> Chang, and that's Oriental, and my family specifically is from South Korea.
> So please, don't comment on how bad they are, okay? Please?
> Okay, *NOW* we return you to on-topic SWAT Kats discussion.

    You know, I was about to point out that I didn't mean it as any type of
negative comment about nationality, and then I reread what I wrote. I realize
now that the "so there you go" remark was misunderstood to mean something along
the lines of "It was bad because it was South Korean." or some other nonsense.
The next few lines clarify the context, that the "so there you go" bit was
saying "so that's the source.", but not as clearly as they should have. Even
making a little change such as "so there you go, that's my source." without
starting a new sentence, then that would have been a *little* clearer. I
really need to think out the wording of these things before I type them. Just
because I know what I mean, that doesn't mean others automatically do.

    But if one *were* to argue animation talent according to nationality,
has to rank not individual animators, but the number of talented animators in a
nation and take into account the bad animators. Based on what I've seen, I'd
say that the ranking of a few major nations would be Japanese, Korean,
Canadian, American. I can't begin to list the amount of Japanese animation
obviously made by talent, Korean works such as Tenchi Muyo and the LTV AEon
Flux are impressive, and Canadian animation is a step above American. The work
made for televsion and video (OAV's) most strongly bear out this ranking.
    SWAT Kats just happens to hold an unusual position in all this. It was
created by Candians, produced by an American company infamous for bad
animation, and happened to animated by one of the worst South Korean studios
(Assuming that critic was correct in the nationality of Hanho Heung-Up) *and*
what I consider one of the best Japanese animation studios.

    This is getting dangerously off-topic

    I'll make up with more posts later. (Yeah, that's the ticket.)

> Terra Chang:

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Received on Tue Mar 26 1996 - 22:17:11 PST

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