I believe that no matter what, there will always be both animated sitcoms and sitcoms with real people. As for the future though, I am very positive of the fact that there will be significantly more animated sitcoms compared to sitcoms casted with real people.
I Love Lucy, Seinfeld, Friends, Everybody Loves Raymond, That 70’s show, The Office, Big Bang Theory, Bob’s Burgers, and The Simpsons. These are some of the best sitcoms that come from anywhere between 1951 and today. Some, like the classic I Love Lucy, only ran for three years, while others, like the very well known The Simpsons, have run for 27 years and are still going today.
As to why I believe animated sitcoms are safer and over all a better field to get in/write for and will last longer/be more popular in the future, I’m going to use a show we all know as an example: The Simpsons. Since The Simpsons is an animated show, it could literally go on forever because the creators and animators can be replaced and auto tune and voice modifiers can be used to make anyone’s voice sound like Homer or Bart or even Marge. But, shows like Everybody Loves Raymond, Seinfeld, or my personal favorite: Friends had to stop running either because they just lost the people’s interest or because one or more of the actor’s died, went to jail, or got cast in a different show and said “see ya” to the current show they’re in. Some shows are able to work with this and cast a new person who looks somewhat similar to the original cast member and just role with it, such as in That 70’s show when Eric Forman’s sister Laurie, actress Lisa Robin
, checked herself into a rehab facility and died shortly after. It was sad that we lost such a great Laurie, but the show had to go on so the directors casted Christina Moore
as the new Laurie. Though she only appeared in a handful of episodes and was later only mentioned throughout the show. Time wise though, it’s a lot quicker to find a new voice actor for your animated sitcom than trying to fimd someone who is a close look alike for the actor that you lost in a sitcom with real live actors.
The Simpsons’ writers constantly create episodes that happen in years to come, such as today’s presidential election. They predicted Trump would run and that he would win. They were right both times. How do they do this? Well, in reality the writers never try to predict the future, the reason behind that episode, which is titled “Bart to the Future,” is explained by Dan Greaney in a Mirror article. He explains how he wanted everything to be as bad it could possibly be before Lisa got in office, so he made Trump president because sixteen years ago, he was at the top at the “laugh at it” page. Sitcoms with real people actors can have just as much fun making a mockery of people and situations that go on in the world, such as the new show Fuller House does towards Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen when they always bring up how Michelle couldn’t come to see the family becuase she’s busy running her fasion empire
, but with an animated sitcom you have the ability to create the person in an animated form, such as The Simpsons did with Donald Trump
and many other celebrities, and find someone who is a close match with voice quality for the character and just add or take away certain aspects with auto tune in order to have a funnier episode.
If you look back on the timeline of animation you can see it stretch far back to before there was film. Starting out around 1603 sheets of glass with moving parts where showed on a machined called a “magic Lantern”
and this was considered the first example of projected animation. Animation was around during the silent era and Walt Disney really prospered around 1928 when his animation of Steam Boat Willy
was aired as the first cartoon with sound. Of course soon enough his cartoons were thought to be more for kids and then sitcoms on the T.V. grabbed the attention of the adults. While the “cartoons,” or kid sitcoms as I like the call them, kept being made for the eye of children and the occasional adult that loved Yogi Bear and Bugs Bunny
, sitcoms like Seinfeld and Everybody Loves Raymond were airing for Adults and families alike. That is, until The Simpsons came out in 1987 and was created for the American adult. After the simpsons aired, other shows like South Park, Family Guy, and Futurama were made. There are still animated shows/sitcoms for kids, such as Spongebob Squarepants and Steven Universe, and these are made specifically for a younger audience. Yes, there are sitcoms with real people actors for all sorts of ages as well, but again, they dont always last as long as an animated show. Shows like The Amanda Show and Good Luck Charlie only ran for three and four years where as animated shows like The Teen Titans and The Adventrues of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius aired for five years.
As for show costs, it can be significatly less to produce an animated sitcom compared to a sitcom with real people actors. There is a response on Quora stating that it costs anywhere between 4k-15k to rent a studio to film your show in and then it costs anywhere between
1-3 million dollars to air a 30 minute show. Some sitcoms just take a day to film an episode in front of a studio audience where others can take about a week to film according to another article on Quora. 4-15k for almost a week can be pretty pricy, especially
if added onto the cost needed to air the episode. As for an animated show, it can cost anywhere between 500 thousand and 2 million to air an episode, the price varying on the quality of the show and how long it’s been being aired, being more expensive the longer it’s aired. Still, animated shows tend to cost less to air because you don’t need to rent out a studio for a week at a time.
Now, time for the biggest thing of all: the pay check. According to the Art Career Project, a voice actor gets paid per job, making anywhere between $20 – a couple hundred dollars per hour. According to 2017 auditions, you can see that the numbers can be a little larger than what a voice actor makes for just an hour of work. More experience does bring in a bigger check though and that goes both ways with actors and voices actors. If we look at the run time of shows though, since an animated show would last longer than a show with real people actors, the voice actors would be making more money in the long run because a show gets more income as is runs longer, there for giving the cast a bigger salary over time.
No, I’m not a psychic and no, I have no idea what may happen in the future to come. i barely remember what happened five minutes ago, but I do know that I love sitcoms. I’v seen every episode of I Love Lucy, Friends (10 times), and a bunch of other sitcoms with real people actors, and I’ve seen as close to every episode of The Simpsons, Bob’s burgers, Bugs Bunny, etc., etc.. In the long run, I’ve come to notice that with almost every show with real people actors, there’s a longer running show with voice actors. Both are very good and well written, but one makes more money in the end because it has a longer run time. I’m not saying you should give up your career as a director or make up artist and go find the nearest voice acting coach, but I am saying that you should definitely consider having some kind of experience in it. We are growing into an age where kids and teens don’t watch T.V any more because of the commercials, instead we watch Netflix, YouTube, and sometimes HBO Go. These hold sitcoms of all sorts, not so much YouTube as the others, but YouTube Red is the start of something new which could be the beginning of even more animated sitcoms. Netflix has started making it’s own animated sitcoms, including Bob’s Burgers. The Simpsons is still running after all these years and holding a strong audience. In my opinion, voice acting is a strong career to be apart of. Yes, having your face on a screen and having a possible larger salary is a big dream we all want, but with voice acting people hear your voice forever and everywhere, you’re able to be 100 different characters if need be. Go take up a voice acting class, you won’t regret it.