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Hasbro GI Joe Renegades Q&A

February 2011 - Hasbro held a special Q&A round, featuring their GI Joe Renegades animated series:

Question: My friends believe me when I say it's a great show (and it really is: Kudos!), but like Transformers Animated a few years ago, they have a diffult time adjusting to the atypical and stylized aesthetics of the characters, which has been compared to the Men In Black Animated Series. Have things like keeping the costumes and voices, but changing the character design to a more Sunbow-esque, or a more "Resolute" style been discussed, or is that deviating from the series bible?

Answer, from Jeff Kline, Executive Producer/ Co-Developer: The overall visual look and feel of the series is something we starting discussing at the very, very beginning. We wanted to find our own niche; something that would separate us from what other networks are doing. And for a lot of reasons, I won't bore you with, I kept coming back to (as inspiration) American paperback covers from the 50s and 60s. Their use of shadow. Funky lines. Representational -- as opposed to literal -- detail. It took us a long time to hone in on a painterly style we felt we could communicate to our overseas partners, and replicate episode-to-episode. Quite honestly, given the time crunch we've been under, I don't think every episode "hits" precisely where I hoped. But, there are sequences, and whole episodes, that come pretty close.

Be sure to check out the previous Q&As as well.

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