Ok... before someone comes to my door and shoot me to death... some short explanations...
First... I'm an editor at the animation department of Dreamworks (No, won't tell you who the heck I am and we're not taking resumes right now - what the heck? you want me to get fired?!!!)
Second... never posted before because I didn't feel like the need for, everything fine so far without me bugging around...
Third... PPGD is nice and is funny to watch. The art is gorgeous and it makes its job at catching the eyes.
Fourth... I have no idea who the heck most of these characters are. I know the PPG because my own lil rug rat loves the show, no other reason whatsoever. So I really couldn't care less who is acting a little out of character because I don't know who they are in reality. (Except for the pink PPG - Blossom... she's really too different here. Got to know her, my daughter wants to be Blossom when she grows up. Dang it!). Of course, thanks to my job I DO know how much it pisses off the fans the existance of out-of-character characters. Fans are fans of this or that character because of the way it acts and express themselves. That's what makes a character memorable in their minds and hearts. I could make a list of all the 2nds of Disney (the sequels of the original movies) that the fans would like to never have seen and burn them in hell for eternity to the responsibles... and yet, there's always someone who likes these "sequels"! Are they morons? Not really. Everyone is entilled to like and dislike what they see.
Now, at my work I have been given some rules that are the basis for most of what we (and I bet the other animation companies too - Disney, Warner Brothers, DIC, etc.) do. We need a PLOT firts. Yep, I know... some of our works sucks to some people. *sigh* No matter how hard you try you can't make everyone happy. (Others are just plain SUCKING and I still have no idea what the heck we were smoking when we came up with them and how we manage to make them into the movie box).
Since I work as an editor, and work hand by hand with storywritters... I can say that sometimes have been really easy to write original stuff. Really easy. I'm not saying it is all the time so please Mr. Dragon, don't take it personal. I've been in this business for more than 10 years... I guess that with experience you sort of become better or faster in writting stories. I don't know the secret formula. It just happens... and of course, it sometimes happens that we make sucking shit. It happens.
What's the point of the plot? Actually the plot is just for us (the artists and the editors) to know where the heck the characters are going to end at. Most of the times we have to change the plot in the middle of the story because things didn't turn out the way we thought. THE POINT IS: in this case, only Mr. Bleedman has a rough idea of where he wants his story to head off. Do you like his story so far? Yes, keep enjoying it. No, well... you have two paths to choose from: Stop reading or keep going (you may like what is in store yet).
Now, I do see a problem with PPGD and I hope no one is going ot kill me just for saying MY opinion, right? (Watching out for the mob with guns and knives gathering at my door). There are too many characters... is falling into the same mistakes as X-men - I know, X-men fans will hang me for this. Doesn't really matter what the fans may say, X-men have been loosing lots and lots of readers (and $$$) because there are far too many characters to keep track of. Sure X-men fans will yell that I'm wrong and all that... but trust me in this one, please. When your job is only guaranted by the amount of sales that it gets you have to follow the numbers. And althought we are an animation department... we have to follow how the comic industry and its different companies are doing (sales generating speaking). PPGD has too many characters and that's a slow killer in comics. Too few is just as bad... Is just a little hard to follow so many characters with their own personal agendas. We (DW) try to never have more than 10 characters to work with, and most of the times only 6 are the important ones.
So far that's the only problem I can think of. Like I said before, I don't know who all the other characters are. Barelly have time ot watch TV @_@ Actually, I saw once the little kid called Dexter... I don't like him. So, I really don't care what he does here in PPGD... I dislike him here as well XD
So, I hope I brough up some useful comments so that the mob at my door may let me be and get back to my job. Feel free to say what's in your heart... Just remember that I have a little girl to take care of, ok?? She still need me!!!!
Dear Mr uknown editor of DV,
Do not be afraid theangry mobs of fans will not hurt you.
As for me I could not help but agree with the points you mentioned above.
Yes I share the opinion that the original X-men was killed by the overpopulation of characters. This factor complicates the story too much and usuall leads the point where the plot gets divided and the stoiry quiute inconsistent and at the worst cases paradoxes may occur. It is clearly visible that in X-men evolution they are more careful and have a much fewer characters and only like 6-10 of them are constantly used (with villains included). I am an X-men fan but I am also looking at things in a broader perspective. As a fellow comic artist I also noticed a slight inconsistency about Mr Bleedman's story. However keep it in mind that Bleedman himself said that the stroy was created 2 years before he started drawing the comic so I am positive that he has the framework already figured out and introduced such a number of characters to fill up some spots and make the readers feel more familiar with the every character that appoars in the story. That might be one reason...
It worries me to see that the some fans already starting to complaint that some characters are acting out of character. Yes it is true however the problem is that the story requires this in order to be easier to understand.
Also we should keep it in mind that it would be next-to-impossible to incorporate 2 characters from different shows in 1 story and make them interact with 100% accuracy. Since the behavior of someone depends on the situation since everyone acts usually according to the situation and since the characters are in a situation we never saw them before I think it is understandable.
People change as they mature and as they learn new things see new places experience more things, Characters will change also whether you like it or not. Since this comic is made by Bleedman it is only he who will decide how will the characters interact and behave.
Take Zim for instance by now he is not the only one who wishes to invade the Earth so now he should choose to join up with the others who have the same goal or turn against them, the logical solution is alliance since in the other case Zim would have to defeat them in order to invade the Earth and nobody wants to do a job twice.
The powerpuff girls are different, true because they are in a whole new environment they are not superheroes anymore in Townsville since they are new to Megaville. There are no every day villains
here (at least not yet) who come out of nowhere every 5 minutes and start to destroy the city, there is no mayor here how has the IQ level of a brick and can even open a pickle jar.
Blossom has finally found someone significant that is Dexter with whom she may share new experiences and discover new emotions. Her life is not about "Let s Roll!"
all the time until the day she dies. Face it, she has other interests and has other needs. The girls will not be the same children forever. They will change soon and Blossom as the most intelligent one reacted to the change the fastest and went through some (OMG!!! can I say it?) character development. Bubbles and Buttercup who are less likely to accept change still stick with their own characteristics. But Buttercup also found the first new shock in Samurai Jack, since she never had to deal with grown up men who are also better fighters than her she simply confused on how should she approach him. Not to mention she had no ideols to look up to but finally she found someone who she can look up too and this is a whole new experience for her. In Townsville they were the heroes
and everybody looked up to them, but they must learn to look up on others.
Those are jus t a few examples I mentioned there are a lot more...
In conclusion if you cannot accept change then don't nobody forces you to read the comic but if you do read it you must accept the ideas of the creators. Take it or leave it...