Labor force data released Wednesday show Canadian animator whimpering claims increased slightly in August, with more than 115 new instances of insufferable Molson-fueled whining filed compared to 109 new claims filed the previous month.
Though the Canadian animation industry employment index showed slight improvement during the three month period ending August 31, the slight jump in first time whimpering claims is yet another mixed signal on the overall health of the industry and more importantly, further evidence of the need for Canadian animators to complain about every perceived slight in their life, real or imagined, to anyone within earshot.
The Canadian government has long used animator whimpering claim statistics as a barometer of the overall health of the animation industry, even in the face of criticism from business leaders and market analysts who favor more traditional economic metrics such as the number of animators under age 30 that take Inuit wives, or whether or not Teletoon development executives bring their lunches to work in paper bags or shiny new Marvel superhero lunch boxes.
According to the Labour Ministry report, other animation industry indicators were mixed in August as well. New production starts for short films over 12 minutes in length increased 20% from 10 to 12. However, for the 78th consecutive month, no short films under 12 minutes in length began production. With regards to the 12 new short film startups, continuing recent artistic trends, plodding, dull familial tales of abuse and clumsy allegories of loss and abandonment illustrated with birds and oddly drawn forest creatures outnumbered comedies and lazily crafted experimental films 5 to 1.