So far, 2014 is already shaping up to be a good year for the Web video world. At least based on the early potential demonstrated by the new daily Web series YouTube Nation.
Like most other genres, the realm of animated superhero parodies ranges from the excellent to the terrible. Unfortunately, Cartoon Hangover's Bravest Warriors falls somewhere in the middle of the scale under the category of "passable".
AOL's latest high-profile Web series, City.Ballet, takes viewers into the world of ballet dancers at the New York City Ballet.
Writing decent comedy is amongst the hardest things to pull off in the world of storytelling. And to write comedy that engages 10 million subscribers like YouTube star Nigahiga (real name Ryan Higa) is no laughing matter. Higa has made a pretty big name for himself since he started posting videos seven years ago, accumulating over 1.5 billion views on his YouTube channel. His sketches have evolved into little mini series within his channel, as various character frequently reappear. Higa exhibits smart writing and smart editing—at times reminiscent of SNL sketches sans the celebrity appearances. Despite such huge success, Higa's earlier and most popular videos push up against, and often cross the line between the humorous and insensitive.
The CW's new Web series Backpackers, now in its third episode, starts out with an interesting premise.
There is something both very familiar and very alien about the characters and the world of AOL's Little Women, Big Cars. We all know a group of soccer moms with a dynamic like the one depicted in this AOL scripted series. There's Meg (the supermom) and her cohorts Barbara (the feminist divorcée, played by Julie Warner), Rocky (the diva), and Connie (the diva's BFF). But through the eyes of outsiders, the world they inhabit is often perceived as small, driven by overprotective, neurotic tendencies. The Vuguru-produced Little Women invites the audience to experience that world's intricacies as a way to cast away any preconceived notions about the difficulties of being a mother while also gently poking fun at that sub-culture. However, despite the creators’ best intentions, the shallowness with which the show treated that world in its first season disappoints; the potential is there, but often falls flat.
The Internet has provided an outlet to display and bring recognition to talented groups and individuals exploring the possibilities brought about by the advent of streaming video—particularly on YouTube.
Video Game High School (or VGHS as it is commonly referred to) is a testament to the power of crowdfunding.
Saturday Night Live veteran Seth Meyers' Hulu-exclusive creation The Awesomes is an homage to Saturday morning superhero cartoons—but for adults.