Production of television shows can be something that is very difficult. Casting, writing and building sets can take a long time. That is why there are not many live action television shows that go for a really long time. Live action television shows that do not need a lot of continuity like Law and Order can go for a long time because they can do the similar show many times. For a live action dramas like Game of Thrones that has a main plot and a conclusion that has to be had it is difficult for it to go past ten years without losing people’s attention. Animated television shows can go for over 20 years because animation takes out a lot of problems like casting and set production. That is why shows like The Simpsons and South Park can go for so long. This blog will explain why it is more easier for animated television shows to last longer than live action shows.
To make a 20 minute episode of a comedy cartoon is much more easier than to make a 47 minute live action drama television show. When creating a cartoon the set designers are basically the animators. Producers do not have to worry about set designers needing a lot of money to get a set together because it all can be drawn. The only thing that would be difficult to animate is large fight scenes with many people in the background. Setting up locations based on time periods can be easier to. Producers do not need to get props, food, beverages or clothing based on a certain time periods because those to can be animated. Designing a set and making it one that can work for both the time and location is easier to do for an animated television show.
When making a television show one also has to think of money and time. Everything mentioned in the previous paragraph needs a lot of time and money to do. Game of Thrones needs $10 million to make one episode, while on the other hand Family Guy needs just $2 million to make one episode. Family Guy is also a show that does not have a lot of continuity and is really random. It can take place in the past and present. This is one reason why it has gone for so long because they can do more random things and spend less money compared to other shows. Game of Thrones also takes two weeks to make one episode, while South Park could take as little as three days to make one episode. South Park has an even more basic design than Family Guy, so it is even more easier to animate the characters. The episodes are shorter and also involve more relatable things to this time, which makes it easier to write. Overall, animation can cost less and take less time to make.
Working with actors for an animated television show can be easier than with a live action show. One reason why it is easier is because you do not have to worry about actors aging. In Stranger Things at some point the kids will be too old to be on the show (if the creators want to keep them young). For South Park they do not have that issue because all of the characters are animated and voiced by the adults whose voices do not change. Scheduling actors to be in a television show that is live action can sometimes be difficult. If it is a long running drama like Breaking Bad some of the actors are basically forced to do these roles and not do to many other movies. Bryan Cranston did not star in many movies and actually was nominated for an Oscar two years after the final episode of Breaking Bad. Another actor Mila Kunis can voice for Family Guy and still star in movies because it is less difficult to voice. Just trying to cast a person who has the right look and feel for a live action television show can be tough, however those problem are less present when a person is behind a microphone.
Creating television shows involves less work if you animate it instead of act it out. This has led to animated shows lasting longer and being more easier to create. It involves less production, time, money and is less strenuous on actors. Creating a television show in general can be very difficult, making one that does not involve all of the difficulties of live action can make it easier.