Deadly Budget? 700K for a katsep?

From: chance <>
Date: Mon, 1 Apr 1996 07:29:53 -0800

> Ouch. $700 K? Let's keep this quiet, give the series a bad rep and all.
>When did he make that comment, BTW? And do you know what episode it may have
>been? I hope it wasn't The Deadly Pyramid, but the animation *looks* that
>expensive. Or was it not a matter of expensive animation but waste in the
>production at H-B?

He made the comment on rec.arts.animation around, oh, October last year,
and in response to a post of Mark Evanier's talking about "Mighty Orbots
being the most expensive series ever made". Evanier and Potamkin are
fast friends. Again, I don't even know if he was talking about the 'Kats, but
when I suggested "The Deadly Pyramid" as the likely culprit, the suggestion
was neither acknowledged nor denied. Probably the e-mail equivalent of
"no comment". I'd bet the budget was creeping up and up since the first
season, and was a bit out of control for elements of the second. That's
just a guess.

> $9.8 million if I remember correctly. Lion King shredded it. Balto's
>another excellent film with an unfortunate theatrical death ($11.6 million)
>because it isn't Dinsey.

Bingo. It had some heavy scenes and was not geared completely to the kiddie
market, and as a result is a *fine* film. Disney showed death in the form of
Bambi, Tod's mother, Gaston and Mufasa, but "Balto" depicted it as
coffins being readied for use; IMO *far* more powerful. Kats has a lot of
potentially powerful setups that could be explored in a film, but it would die
a horrible, shrieking death if aimed at seven year-olds. The anime route is
the only one to take.

>> Okay. Someone at Warners wrote up a neat little short about the innermost
>> workings of the Turner org called "Two Stupid Producers" which evidently

> I don't suppose you could have it or could post it, could you?
>Nah...Forget I asked, it's just too cruel.

Well, I could....but then I'd have to kill you. No, seriously -- I'd love to but
keelhauling is so painful, and certain people would land in a world of hurt.
We all have a sense of humour, but Tedco's is occasionally a bit

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 antitoxin six hundred miles over rough ice, across treacherous waters,
 through Arctic blizzards from Nenana to the relief of stricken Nome in
 the winter of 1925. Endurance, Fidelity, Intelligence." -- "Balto"

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