• "Like We Were Nothing": Animated Show Creators Slam HBO Max For Abruptl

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    HBO Max abruptly pulled a slew of unscripted and animated television
    offerings this week in an unexpected move that has content creators
    crying foul.

    “Summer Camp Island” creator Julia Pott didn’t make any attempt to hide
    her disappointment over the move.

    “We worked 5 years to make 100 episodes of animation,” Pott shared on
    Twitter after the news was announced. “We worked late into the night,
    we let ourselves go, we were a family of hard working artists who
    wanted to make something beautiful, and HBO Max just pulled them all
    like we were nothing. Animation is not nothing!”

    The British creator promised fans that they would get to see the latest episodes despite the series leaving HBO Max. Her post has since earned
    more than 100,000 likes.

    “We worked through the pandemic to make 20 linear episodes that are our
    most beautiful work yet,” she said. “I cannot wait for you to see them.
    YOU WILL SEE THEM! I will not rest!” Pott concluded.

    “Summer Camp Island” premiered in July 2018 and just concluded airing
    season 5. The show details the adventures of Oscar and Hedgehog
    attending summer camp. It currently has a 7.6/10 rating on IMDb.

    Other shows that didn’t survive the chopping block include “Ellen’s
    Next Great Designer,” “The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo,” along with
    many others. Deadline reported that HBO Max was making the changes in anticipation of merging with Discovery+. Besides pulling shows, the
    company has also been laying off staff.

    “The Fungies!” creator Stephen P. Neary also expressed frustration with
    HBO Max for pulling his beloved animated series.

    “Last night during a figure drawing class I found out that The Fungies!
    was getting pulled from HBO Max this week. I’m heartbroken but I want
    to take this opportunity to thank all the amazing artists and
    production folks for their hard work on this sincere, fever dream of a
    show,” Neary shared on Twitter.

    “We worked so hard through the pandemic, and I hoped that diligence
    would be rewarded with support from the network,” Neary continued.

    “[I] was promised the show would air on Cartoon Network, which would
    drive views to HBO Max, but soon after launch, the show was pulled from
    the air without notice. There was little to no promotion. Although I
    was graciously asked [to] speak on a mushroom podcast. A company
    representative monitored the taping so that I wouldn’t give away any
    ‘spoilers’ to the show.”

    “My heart goes out to the other shows affected, and the beautiful work
    getting canceled before even airing. I’m going to keep making stuff!
    Even if it’s just for me. It’s what I’ve always done, since I was very
    very little. Thanks everyone,” he concluded.

    Let's go Brandon!

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