November 3, 2017
Watch: The Cartoon That Started Internet Animation
Sometimes, a simple idea can start an entire movement.
Why do certain things have staying power, while others do not? In some cases, it’s because of their simplicity. If an idea is smart enough, it doesn’t have to be super-complicated or have lots of bells and whistles to gain popularity. Internet animation, by now an entertainment staple, is a good example. Its beginnings were modest indeed, but clever.
If you don’t like the rules, make your own game.
This new video essay by Alex Myers tells the story of the roots of phenomena like Bojack Horseman—which lie with a simple cartoon called Homestar Runner. Check out the video, and our takeaways about the keys to the cartoon’s success, below.