And yet....!! You can't minimize what the NMA ("Next Media Animation") group in Taiwan could be capable of. They've made an art form out of campy but compulsively watchable CGI reenactments of events in the news, with a rich helping of the tabloidesque. The first one that was widely noticed in the US was their dramatization of the Tiger-v-Elin Woods tussle last year.
Two election-related features from NMA to get on the record now, as the world watches America going to the polls. First, their distillation of Christine O'Donnell's campaign themes, including her warning about China's "carefully thought out and strategic plan to take over the United States." Here is a screen shot showing what she is worried about.
The full clip is here and in embed below.
By email, I asked NMA's creators in Taiwan what they were trying to do with their political satire. Answers after the jump.
Angelica Oung of NMA explains the group's background and goals:
>>NMA is the brainchild of HK tycoon Jimmy Lai. His vision was to animate news events that hasn't been caught on camera. Indeed, I would say that 85 percent of NMA's output is serious news and our ultimate goal is still to one day sell our animations to Reuters and AP and media outlets all over the world. But like any old newspaper, we also have our entertainment news and satirical cartoons etc. Something like the O'Donnell piece is like dozens of editorial cartoons crammed into 90 seconds. Thanks to the internet, we get our information where you get your information. The distance is no impediment. In fact, it helps us break things down and stay fresh. In the case of the panda piece, Ziggy from our NY Sales and market research office sent us a link (to your blog post, actually). We thought the ad was ripe for lampooning and got to work!Competition keeps us all on our toes. Comedy Central, stay sharp!
Most of our output is still Taiwanese and regional news. But NMA does have global ambitions and we've really been trying to grow our overseas client base. To that end we've produced high-visibility pieces aimed at not just the US but all over the world -- Australia, Malaysia, the UK, the Philippines, and Italy, among others. Be on the lookout for 'our' animation popping up in unexpected places in the future.<<