I’m working on a project to make some toys. Â I can design then, and write about them and even make cartoons about them. Â I’m spending so much time working on the toys that I haven’t done all of the animation and other supporting components. Â BUT WAIT! Â What comes first? Â The cartoon or the toy? Â The animated movie or the Happy Meal toy? Â I think that things go both ways. Â There’s a huge community around vinyl toys that have a wonderful cartoon or animated look thatÂ existÂ solely as toys. Â It’s a fairly large expense to make your own toyline so I’ve been wondering if it’s really worth it. Â I’ve been wondering if I can make the money back, whether it’s good business.
Then I watched this interview with a young filmmaker named George Lucas over atÂ Binary Bonsai. Â He said that “Making film is an art. Selling film is a business.” Â So I guess that as long as I start with the art, and I make something that I like and want, then I can share that with others. Â If I make something just to sell it, I don’t think I’ll be as successful as if I make it for the art. Â Lucas commented that he once got into an argument with someone who thought that the phrase “Filmmaker” simplified the art of making movies to something akin to a toymaker, to which Lucas replied, “I like being thought of as a toymaker who makes films.” 😀by