To ring in 2013, the LA Animation Examiner conducted an impromptu industry focus group. The participants included three astute members of the animation target demographic, namely, kids! While visiting LA from San Antonio, Texas, Emily Lord (age 7), Megan Lord (age 9), and Reece Lord (age 13), with the permission of their lovely and talented parents Stephanie and Kevin, chronicled 2012-2013 topics both controversial and commonplace. In all, their insight was enlightening, entertaining, and refreshing. Awards season voters, take heed!
LA Animation Examiner: What was the best animated movie of 2012, and why?
Reece Lord: Brave, because the animation was realistic.
Emily Lord: Ice Age [Continental Drift], because it was funny.
Megan Lord: Brave, because it was scary, but not too scary.
LAAE: What was the best TV cartoon of the year?
Emily and Megan: Does it have to be a cartoon?
Megan: Good Luck Charlie and Pair of Kings.
LAAE: I'll Google those from home. I only know animation.
Emily and Megan: We like everything on Disney Channel.
LAAE: Uh, well, with that in mind, what was your favorite video game or app in the last year, and why?
Reece: Temple Run. Do you want me to explain it to you? [Substantial explanation ensues.]
Emily and Megan: Tiny Wings, because it is fast [paced], challenging, and it has nice music.
LAAE (mumbling): More stuff to Google . . . So, what was the best toy of 2012?
Reece: Football! [Meaning, the actual, physical object, as opposed to a computer generated facsimile.]
Megan: Origami! [Meaning, the actual, physical art and craft of Japanese paper configuration, as opposed to a computer generated facsimile.]
Emily: American Girl dolls!
LAAE: What is the most highly anticipated entertainment event of 2013?
Reece: The new Anchorman movie.
Megan: Monster University.
Emily: Barbie jeep [Meaning, the actual, physical object, as opposed to a computer generated facsimile.]
LAAE: Wow, Barbie will have a new jeep in 2013? Fantastic! I will Google that too!
In conclusion, these kids are much more sophisticated than their interviewer. The LA Animation Examiner suspects that this is the case with regard to the general populace ages 6-14. In the meantime, yours truly will fine tune her knowledge of pop culture, and will celebrate the fact that Barbie will upgrade her ride this year. After all, it is fun to live vicariously through all forms of entertainment, especially those that the experts highly recommend.