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Is Frollo a real villain?

Frollo as told by Disney's Hunchback of Notredame...
From his perspective, he's saving Paris from pagan customs. Something kind of heroic, to some extent he shows care towards others. From everyone else's perspective, he's out to ruin people's lives. Something strictly villanous.
Now when he wants to get it on with a girl, a pagan one, his one "heroic" trait falls into question. Its big deal for him because lust is a cardinal sin. Then as he burns all of Paris he commits another big sin, wrath, without even identifying it.
Now since the beginning of the movie you see he never really followed God's rules. He does show wrath, killing quasimodo's mother... but... she kind of had it coming.
Wrath happens when strong emotions make you act outside of reason, and quasi's parents behavior, seeking to operate in the shadows, made them criminals. Moreso when the mother resisted arrest. Reason told that they had to be prosecuted... but not killed. He did show wrath killing her, but in the end, as sad as it is, Paris wasn't going to care. Frollo could unleash wrath, but in a way that didn't damage his public image.
Now when Frollo prosecuted Esmeralda, reason certainly didn't tell that he could burn an enitre city to find one person. If his mission was to save Paris from pagan customs, that decision did more damage to Paris than it made pagan customs banish from people's minds. Paris cares now.
So... Frollo was a real villain from beginning to end, but the question is, to whom. In the beginning he was a real villain to the cardinal, only witness of his henious crime (along with a bunch of statues)... but not with enough power to trump a public official. But when Frollo met with a moral dilemma, he lost his mind, and got worse at hiding his most natural reactions from the world.

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What type of characters do you find the most challenging when it comes to animating? Cartoon Characters, Live Action Characters, or Sprite Characters?

Adam Powell
Overall, Live Action. But that doesn't mean all Live Action work will be harder than the rest.
Along with the type of character, how challenging one animation will be is also defined by: the type of movement.
Do you want a character walking sideways?
This may be significantly easier with sprite characters, for example Yume Nikki already provides sprites for Madotsuki doing this. That's not so far from being a copypaste job.
Now, do you want a character running towards the camera?
Yume Nikki provides no sprites for this, so Image by Image work with a sprite character is required.
Madotsuki doing some "front running" was more of a challange to animate than this Video Cropping with Regil:

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Do you think that in Smash 4 where Bowser Jr or Koopalings fly around in the Koopa Clown Car was in any way inspired by Dr. Robotnik and or Dr. Wily in Lawl?

Adam Powell
I'm also reminded of Lawl with Shulk's Neutral B...
Red: more powerful attacks
Yellow: more resistant to attacks
Green: movement trait, higher jumps
Blue: movement trait, more speed
Purple: less powerful attacks but more knockback... kinda tricky
so I'm suspicious

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Someone online said, "You can't parody a parody." Do you agree or disagree with this claim? Why?

Strongly Disagree. Regardless of how its sold, any work that seeks to express stands open to interpretations that may defy what the sales pitch suggests.
"Disaster Movie" may suggest itself as a parody, but your interpretations may see it as a bunch of references here and there with the only rhyme and reason that "it exists!". Instead of ridiculing movies, you see them parasitizing their fame, in hope of scoring jokes that'll win the audience. Its not a parody, but a parasite. So in retaliation, you make "It Exists: the movie!"
With this we get that the genre, as a product, defines nothing. Its merely the voice of any given entity (the author, a group of marketers, etc) that tries to convince us that their work is *this* because *insert reason*.
So, prohibiting any expressive work because of a series of sales pitches that have happened in the past... I disagree.

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Do you think Lawl should be all about fan service?

No.
Lawl's slogan is: Make your own roster.
When you make your own Lawl, you're providing more than the moveset of a character. You're also providing your ideas and video making style... and knowledge! The same way I use Yume Nikki and Chavo del Ocho, other Lawlers also use obscure and national sources out of love, showing people that there's more to see out there! When I say "your own roster", I'm also talking about these last things.
For a Lawl to get better, the creator of course plays a much greater role than the character roster. Focusing on fan service MAY corrupt the creator's video making style and willingness to elaborate ideas. Making said Lawl worse. But who knows, if embraced and used properly by a Lawler with an already good video making style, it may lead to more views which give more willingness to elaborate ideas.
So Lawl could be about fan service, but it should be about the creators.

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How would you recommend explaining The Frollo Show to friends and family? I want to tell others about it, but I don't know how to persuade them.

The Frollo Show is a "collage" where characters from diverse series, movies, games are taken from their separate contexts to a whole new one.
This technique is like an "Inverse Tarantino". Quentin takes already existing shots and contexts, and puts new characters in them. The Frollo Show takes already existing characters, and puts them in new shots and contexts.
To compensate the use of already existing characters, all of the originality goes to the context. That originality also goes to the personality of the characters. In the end, the only already existing thing that's used from them, is their appearance. The most notable example being that of Frollo. Frollo is a villain in Hunback, and a hero in The Frollo Show. He is given another identity.
If you delve into that identity deep enough, that's when you realize that there's no "real" Frollo. We can view Frollo with any identity of our choosing. The identity that has done the most for us, is the one we typically end up choosing.
Ok that's all... you could compress the big idea into fewer words if you see it more convenient ,XD

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A frined of mine claims that the Frollo Show is a youtube poop due to not having "anything original". What would you say to him?

The "anything original" bit is highly questionable. The plot is original, character traits like Heroic Frollo and Villainous Wilford are original proposals. An example of an unoriginal scene: Frollo and Gaston reenacting the Over Nine Thousand meme. An example of an original scene: one of the most powerful villains in the series, under command of the future Big Bad, crushing the skull of a young girl hero's best friend... right in front of her. The young girl attacks in a roaring act of revenge, throwing the villain off a window. Despite all that, the villain brutally murders the girl. While another girl who has friends with her watches, something the future Big Bad wanted to fuel his plans!
About the "is a youtube poop" bit... Youtubepoop can be defined by:
1. The techniques and procedures that make up its definition. Remixes of pre-existing media to create something new.
2. Impression of the audience.
Number 1 is an argument to call TFS a YTP, as those techniques are used.
Number 2 can be an argument not to call it as such. Youtubepoop projects give a collective impression that they use a certain collection of sources, with quick jokes and straightforward trolling being main things. The Frollo Show YTP Era (episodes 1-5) just uses Yume Nikki as a defying source, solves major things with jokes (EGG Blaster), and explains a major plot element in one hard to pause frame (Hitler survived the fall).
Later on the show further defies the certain collection of sources, jokes aren't the main thing to communicate, and the plot is not harder to understand because trolling.

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What is your opinion on the whole Channel Awesome #changethechannel fiasco?

Makes me miss those simpler times where I was first knowing about Nostalgia Critic from his feud with the Angry Video Game Nerd. His Bebe's Kids review was my first impression of him, and the rest is history.
Anyways, I read the whole infamous document. "Here lies Channel Awesome's bloody history of greed and hatred." Tbh I never saw any other CA reviewer aside from Phelous, so it was their time to shine XD. I did think some of them where overreacting, specially several in the fans document, but needless to say, others presented cases of legit mistreat, and others where just terrible. And as a side note it was depressing to read that Critic's IP belongs to someone else.
That apology letter from CA made things worse, "I'm sorry you feel that way" is just jaw dropping. I hope they soon do better than that, if they stay silent it won't be quite the same. But to be blunt, I can separate the Nostalgia Critic from Doug Walker just fine. My watching of his vids is another thing. I didn't see the woodpecker review, but not because of this, because Rebeltaxi did it first and quite recently.

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In no particular order, which are the top 10 characters you would love to see in the next Smash? Add 5 third-parties if you want.

Aitor Molina
1. Dr Rrrrobotnik
2. Banjo-Kazooie (don't care if its impossible)
3. Toon Link with a toon link moveset, where's the Skull Hammer/Deku Leaf/etc?
4. Ganondorf with a ganondorf moveset, what the hell nintendo?
5. Missingno (no really, I would love that)
and with that I'd ask for nothing else

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I once wrote about you in a high school project in Web Design and my teacher said you looked like the kind of guy who would do rock opera. Thoughts?

I wonder what you said that made your teacher mention music xD Not that I'll never work on music, writing it does sound hella fun.

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If Frollo gets the live-action treatment like Maleficent or Jungle Book, what would you like to see?

Aitor Molina
Certainly not the Maleficient approach of "We are focusing on the villain are we original or what!?" just to see her go through hardships that don't make a villain at all.
If Frollo also gets his own movie, I'd like to see one that takes notes from Breaking Bad. We see how Walter White becomes Heisenberg. In a similar way, I'd like to see how Frollo becomes into a public official with manpower to do even the most personal deeds. Yet I wouldn't want it as a full-on character origin movie. I also want screen time, plenty of it, for public official Frollo. How he gives asinine orders to soldiers that got to obey. How he trumps other public officials. At the ending, after Quasimodo throws him from the ceiling, have him alive for a little while. With all his body broken, unable to function save for reflections on all he has done, what does he think? Does he see the palace of justice before he dies? Does he see Paris? How does he interpret it? How much of it is affected by visions of God? Given his religious trait that last thing is a must.

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What advice would you give the current entertainment industry?

Dear current entertainment industry
I can understand the non-stop production of re-boots and sequels. Such projects require alot of money, so you depend on alot people attending them to return a profit. No one's going to attend the adventures of Inner-Journey Race-Mix Transexual Artsy Douchey, but millions will rile up on Batman. Those millions already have good memories tied up with such cultural icon, and it sure would be difficult to reprogram brains that hold a high regard on good memories when choosing an audiovisual spectacle. When funding movies, choosing the already famous over an artistic approach has a solid purpose.
One thing I have learned making The Frollo Show, is the clear difference between Appearance and Script. My show borrows the Appearance of disney villain Frollo, but via Script he's now a hero. What I talked about in the paragraph above was all about Appearance. Those millions that rile up to see Batman, do it mostly because trailers and ads have promised them they'll see The Bat. Once they see the movie, that's when they consume the Script.
Go ahead, make Appearances a safe game, that's what gets a return to your investment... but on Scripts... go wild! Give us new stories! This is a rather broad petition, since there are infinite lanes in the road of creativity, but one thing is for sure... enough of The Hero's Journey! Its fun and we have good memories with it but why stick to one lane!? It is said that most human stories subconciously gravitate to following this format, but it can only be because repetition has accustomed generations that much to it! We've got to make a real effort on setting our ideas free!
Suicide Squad gave the general audience a new story: the villains are the heroes now! Holy cow! Yet once I consumed the Script, I was dissapointed on meeting with The Hero's Journey, once again. The squad getting out of jail: Call to Adventure. The bar scene when they give up on their journey: Refusal of the Return. This one dissapointed me the most since I knew they were going to resolve on going out and fighting the bad guy the very instant they entered the bar. Yet something I liked about the bar scene is that it highlighted something important: the bad guy is a GOD. The military already fought it with all its arsenal and FAILED. But that doesn't stop Will Smith from killing it with bombs right? Because the good guys always win riiiight? While I disliked the overall story, I loved some scenes in-between. Harley and Will Smith are very complex in some scenes. I bet that if the bad guy God was as complex, she wouldh've had the mind to use her powers with such dexterity, turning the plot into something less Hero Journeyesque.
Being accustomed to the same characters can be a price to pay, but I humbly ask you to commit on accustoming us all to new types of stories. Freeing ourselves from The Hero's Journey is a gigantic effort, it needs the help of giants.
Play it safe on Appearances, go all out on Scripts

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