I think that perhaps what the public might accept with animated fiction might be too visceral (for public taste - ala mainstream) if done with movies, and most likely illegal if done in a "reality" setting like the "JACKASS" stunts.
If done in a reality setting, such as the STEVE-O movie, DON\'T TRY THIS AT HOME
the "art" obviously crosses the line from fiction to reality. The JACKASS movie made more that $64Million at the box office before DVD rentals.
If portrayed as fiction, would this be as popular?
Probably not, but it's unclear. True this may be a "fad" in entertainment. (always around, popular in recent times)
But the same entertainment that borders on the "socially unacceptible" "reality" MIGHT be considered differently if it was apparently fiction.
The fictional "reality" movie that was the "BLAIR WITCH PROJECT" was reportedly initially popular because the rumor was started that it perhaps WAS real. Great gonzo marketing that worked.
Blurring the line between the fictional entertainment and the "reality" shows should eventually reach the point where real people are harmed, obviously.
We've heard of the kids that die trying the "JACKASS" styled stunts.
Many of us have watched car chases in movies, and some have watched the police video-ed chases on FOX...
At one point there may be an opportunity to watch a crime in progress from the point of view of the criminal. "JACKASS WITH GUNS" if you will.
Most would consider this unacceptible entertainment. Not even entertainment.
Yet it's only one "reality" step away from "PULP FICTION" and it's entirely possible with today's technology that this kind of product is made.
What was THE THREE STOOGES is today's JACKASS and what was PULP FICTION becomes tommorrows' ... ??
Perhaps I am not being fair, making the leap between fictional entertainment and reality entertainment. Most people are comfortable reading about killers after they're in custody. Until then it's still probably considered news.
But what would happen if OJ Simpson decided to write the tell-all of all celebrity tell-alls?
Unfortunately, that would be considered mainstream. I shudder to think of it, but the possiblity does still exist. The "notorious" criminal aspect will almost always be so.
But when the average (previously unknown) creator wishes to become "notorious" you end up with reality based shock event entertainment.
You get mainstream exposure, but a cult following.