Planet Preschool Blog
About the Author
Josh Selig is the President and Founder of Little Airplane Productions, producer of international preschool hits The Wonder Pets!, 3rd & Bird and the upcoming CBeebies/Disney Junior series, Small Potatoes.
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Josh recounts his trip to Hangzhou to attend CICAF (China International Cartoon & Animation Festival). It was at turns enlightening (he learned that Chinese box-office revenue grew by a whopping 69% last year, for example), fascinating (he saw fish performing pedicures) and down-right terrifying (you’ll have to read on).
I got an email from an old college friend yesterday. He’s in a happy marriage, he does fulfilling work…he wrote, “I love this miracle of life and the chance to frolic through it for awhile; but at the other end, I wrestle with the utter pointlessness and futility of it all. After all, if the sun is going to burn out, if all this is only temporary, what difference does it make what I do?” If he did not live in Japan, I would have punched him.
I sometimes get requests from the alumni office at Sarah Lawrence to speak to some poor soul who wants to get into the kids’ TV business. I typically ignore these requests but, sometimes, during a moment of weakness, I’ll agree to an “informational interview” and schedule it for three months down the road hoping it will somehow never arrive. But, inevitably, the half-hour call will pop up on my schedule like a spotted purple mushroom that I am required to eat.