I remember back in my younger days, when 2D animation was considered "the bomb", I read an article in a movie magazine about Don Bluth's upcoming "Romeo and the Rockhopper." It seemed like a cool idea for a buddy movie, and I was really excited by the concept. Due to many sad circumstances, it was finally completed as "The Pebble and the Penguin", and was a critical and financial bomb. What a waste of a great idea and the talents of hundreds of people.
I get frustrated sometimes. So few animated films ever make it to the greenlit phase, it's a shame when someone in the production gets antsy and doesn't take the time to develop the ideas properly. One of the reasons I think John Lasseter is so successful is that he understands this concept... Story is King!
If your story isn't working... Fix it or move on! If your pacing is awkward... Don't be afraid to change things! If your storyboards don't work... Don't start animation!
It's so important to learn these principles, especially for an independent studio. How much more difficult is it to get funding for your animated film when the money men look at how badly the last cartoon bombed? Careless animation DEFINITELY has an effect on the industry, and there are too many talented folks working out there for us to ruin the industry with impatience.
Well, that's all. Thanks for letting me rant. Hope you enjoy the above penguin drawing, which I drew to make a wraparound mug for my new zazzle print shop. Had a blast doing it, too!
By the way, 2D is still "the bomb". Some people just forgot for awhile.