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Greg, as a fellow Disney-ite (well, currently on 'hiatus' as Disney waits to see if American Dragon does well), I was disturbed by your recent complaint about heading up the writing staff of WITCH, but it being 'non-union'. How does that work? Didn't Disney hire you to write for the series, or did the French animation company officially hire you? Isn't this something you could bring up with Steve Heulett and the Union?
Just concerned about Disney's apparent disdain for following Union protocols of late...
I was hired by SIP Animation in Paris. They are my bosses. Thus the show is non-union... and there's nothing TAG can do about it.
Disney subcontracted production of the series to SIP (which they partially own). This, I'm sure, was done for financial reasons, in particular the subsidies that the French government provides for "European content". (WITCH was originally created as a comic book in Italy by Disney Publishing Italy.) The fact that the series would then be non-union was, I believe, a financial bonus for Disney.
I'm a fan of W.I.T.C.H. and I'm happy you will start to make the second season. The first one will be aired in April here in Europe.
My question is in how far the second season will resemble to the second arch of the comics. I find this very important to the viewers. The new chapter books in the States already have started this arch.
Here in America, the second season is airing now. I am truly proud of this work. Best stuff I've done on television, frankly, since Gargoyles or maybe Roughnecks.
We did try to bring the t.v. series closer to the comic books in Season Two, without contradicting established Season One (which I wasn't involved in) continuity.
The thing to keep in mind is that year two of the comics series comprised only twelve comics... and we had 26 episodes. So you'll get the comics and much, much more. Check it out.
I not asking a question. I'am just writing to rave about the Gargoyles season one dvd. I loved it. Ever since I was able to say the word Gargoyles I have watched the show religiously. I was so excited to see the first season I screamed in joy when I saw it on the shelf at the store. I have really high hopes that the second and third season will come out on dvd soon. I really hope so. Cause that would be so cool!
It was and hopefully WILL be if we SPREAD THE WORD! (Have I said that recently?)
I have no questions, just writing my review and support for the Gargoyles DVD.
I love it so much. I watched it all the minute I ripped it out of the Christmas wrapping!It brought back so many memories! I was fourteen when the show aired and watching it all over again has made me more aware of storylines I didn't pay attention to before. Really, no other animated series has ever topped Gargoyles.
I especially love the commentaries and wished there had been more, but I'm sure that's simply asking too much. I love all the inside information and spoilers. I especially enjoyed the warmth and humor through out the commentaries.
I would like to put in my part in saying that I desperately, desperately want to see Gargoyles Season II come out and soon. I may be a poor college student but I would happily spend my financial aid money to buy season two instead of textbooks!
On another note, I want to thank you Greg Weisman for adding Shakespeare into the series. It inspired me to read Shakespeare, love Shakespeare and now I'm on my last year of college hoping to one day soon, teach Shakespeare.
That is tremendously gratifying. Thank you for relaying that here.
This is just a brief post to let everyone (especially the folks at Disney) know how wonderful the first season of Gargoyles DVD set is. I got it for Christmas and have watched it at least three times since then, hooking a new generation of kids too young to have seen the show during its original airing. I'm particularly glad the decision was made to keep "Deadly Force" in the set, instead of removing it entirely for its 'excessive violence'. That episode truly highlights the danger of guns, and I was very proud that my young nieces and nephews were able to grasp that concept immediately. I am waiting with impatience for the release of seasons two and three; they definitely have one sale already in the bag. Thank you.
No, thank YOU!
How did Anubis die?
You recieved a question from Laura 'ad astra' Ackerman on October 16,2003 saying that she went ot a site and their was a link to click on that said "I would like to see these episodes on dvd" for Gargoyle episodes. I was wondering what site she was at and how to get their?
I don't know what you're referring to. I'm not sure I ever did, but three years later, I have no memory of it.
Excellent series!!! Just one question about the DVD.
Was the DVD content edited much?
I know the opening voiceover has gone (sadly - the openin sequence lacks something without it), but I could swear that, for example, there are other snippets missing.
"Princess Katherine: Captain! Captain! The Vikings, Captain! We are attacked!
Captain: It is worse than that, your Highness."
"Princess Katherine: Captain! Captain! The Vikings, Captain! We are attacked!
Captain: It is worse than that, your Highness. We are betrayed"
So am I imagining things?
Nothing has been cut.
There was no opening voice over in the first season. We didn't add that until Season Two. And yes, you are imagining things. The Captain never said "We are betrayed". (Since he was the betrayer, that line makes no sense.)
It's funny how you would bring up "Ask Greg" in the commentary on the fifth episode of the five-part pilot. You've asked us to review the DVD so I'm going to give mine. I'll try to touch base with the same elements I have reviewed at Amazon.com, and if I don't get to them all, oh well. I'm only human.
First all, I have to say I like how much better it looks compared to when it was aired on television. I know, duh everything looks better on DVD than it does on television. But being able to see it in it's original, unedited form. I haven't seen it like that for a very long time. That is definately a plus.
I put the disc in, skip the introductory crud, and the first thing I see is the animated menu. I don't know how many times I just let it run through, I mean it is that good. I have never seen anything like it. Now getting back to the introductory crud, Power Rangers? How the hell did Disney ever have anything to do with Power Rangers? Ok, back on topic...
I start the whole thing through beginning with the five-part pilot. I like having all the key elements to the story unlike what The Heroes Awaken VHS that I got for Christmas nine years ago lacks. Back then I found that to be a disappointment. Another great disappointment that has been taken care of very well is Deadly Force. Not only is it there, but Elisa is lying in the pool of blood on the kitchen floor too. Not a single element has been booted out, and we can thank Disney for finally righting this wrong. If you ask me, justice has finally been served.
The audio commentary on the five-part pilot, though identified as spoilerish by a few others that have viewed it, tells of how this great idea came to pass and how the five-part pilot sets the stage for the upcoming events through the second season. I thought it was well done. Hearing the comment about the show pitch and seeing the tape that pulled through definately puts this rule of thumb into perspective - Don't you dare quit. Quitters only gain nothing.
Now for the part that says, "Where's the beef?" Viewing the part on the Gathering is the closest I've been to one. And according to a comment I have found here somewhere about costing $800 just for the trip, it's the closest I'm probably ever going to get. I'm like, dude, it costs that much $$ just to get there? As if I wasn't furious enough that I've never been to one. No plan D here. I'll have become a gargoyle long before I have the dough to cover all those expenses. Since all I have for this is beef I think I'll move on.
I would like to see the second season come out, but I feel there are a few things about it that need to be addressed. Compared to the first season, which has 13 episodes, the second season has a long string of 51. In order to put this on DVD, there are two possible outcomes. We would either find it on a set of four discs, or on a set of two double-sided discs. I think the double-sided ones would be better because it would fit in a regular case instead of a big monstrosity. Either way, it'll be a bit pricey but worth it. So a word to the wise - now is the time to start saving up for it.
My name is Jim Harvey, a reporter/administrator for the website Toon Zone News (http://news.toonzone.net) and The World's Finest (http://wf.toonzone.net). I've seen your name a handful of times on credits for THE BATMAN a few times, which I was glad to see. I'm a fan of your GARGOYLES work and glad to see that your continuing to work in the feild. Now, since I couldn't find your email address anywheres I thought this might be the best way to get ahold of you. I was wondering if I could do a Q & A with you,through email, etc, whatever your prefer, concerning your work on THE BATMAN (and maybe abit on GARGOYLES, specifically the DVD). Now I know this is the wrong way to get aholdof you, but this was the only way I could find. I'm not really immersed in the GARGOYLES fandom so I'm liking missing the obvious route, for that I apologize.
I would really like to talk to you about your work and I hope this reaches you. If it's not just chucked aside or deleted, please respond at firstname.lastname@example.org . I assure you I have no nefarious plots in mind except to discuss your work on THE BATMAN (emphasizing the season finale which just aired in Canada). Well, with any luck you'll get back to me on this. Have a great day! Best of,
Of course, you and I have conversed many times since you posted here. Glad we didn't have to wait for me to see this.