In a recent interview with SyFy Wire, Creator Genndy Tartakovsky reveal some interesting information about the cancellation of Sym-Bionic Titan. According to Genndy 10 more episodes of Sym-Bionic Titan were just written when they got the news of the cancellation.
“So what was the worst day you ever had?
The worst day was definitely when they canceled Sym-Bionic Titan. Definitely. I won’t forget that. We just wrote 10 more episodes and we were really excited. The show was starting to get its footing a little bit. And then I got called into the head of the studio’s office and he said, “Look, we’re not going to make any more episodes.”
And that’s never happened to me before. That’s the thing. I’ve been very fortunate in my career where everything that I’ve done will keep going forward until I say, “Look, I’m burnt out. I don’t want to do anymore.” And this wasn’t the case. This was where basically they canceled, and the reason wasn’t great. And so that was a horrible day.
So how did you handle it? How did you react?
“This is bulls**t, I’m not going to stand for it, you’re making a mistake.” And I moved on. I mean, what can I do? I’m not a wallower. It kind of fed into Hotel Transylvania actually because at the time I needed to have a job, so I was developing another movie with Sony Animation, and I said, “Look I’ve got the means to do more than just this one move development.” And then two weeks later, the opportunity opened up to be a director of Hotel, and so I took it.
When you look back at your work or the things, is there one thing you would change if you could?
No, because that’s the thing. Everything I’ve ever done, I have put in 110 percent, especially in the beginning. I lost girlfriends, I lost all these things where I had to do the best that I could do, and I never wanted to get into the situation where I can look back and go, “Oh, I wish I could’ve done that.” If I made Dexter now, it would’ve been twice as better just because I can draw better, I can communicate better. But at the same time, there’s something about it that still works really well. Same thing with Samurai and Clone Wars. So yeah, I tend not to look back. And I don’t really like looking at my old stuff. If somebody was watching it or whatever, it’s fine. But I don’t really seek it out. And I’m still moving forward.”
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Genndy Tartakovsky’s three Hotel Transylvania movies bear all the hallmarks of modern blockbuster animation, from the vivid next-level computer animation and eminently marketable characters to the plots that, in the end, reaffirm the importance of family. And yet, Tartakovsky’s work is probably the more distinguishable than most animators working in the studio system today.