Steve Marmel contacted me on myspace wanting me to check his new show, Yin Yang Yo! It's a new show by Disney/Jetix that will debut Labour Day weekend. The producers, Steve Marmel and Bob Boyle, were the heads behind the hit Fairly OddParents and Marmel was also part of the brains behind other goodies like Johnny Bravo and Danny Phantom. So based on this track record I'd say we have another hit. But first impressions lead me to believe otherwise.
The character designs of the two main rabbits are great as they follow the style already familiar to us through shows like Danny Phantom and Fairly OddParents. But the rest of the characters look out of place. While the rabbits are round, all of the other characters are square and box-like. They don't look like they exist in the same world. However, I'm sure that it was intentional.
The main thing that bugs me is that this show will be added to the big pile of Flash animated shows currently overloading the animation market. I just don't like the way Flash makes things move. I'd much rather see these characters in a more traditional style of animation like Powerpuff Girls. Flash animation just seems to be a way for corporate execs to churn out new programs like a giant panda with diarrhea. Flash should stay on the internet and not infiltrate our television sets.
Steve, if you are reading this, I am excited for this show. But I hope the stories are really good because I don't think I'm too impressed with the animation.