This is all interesting what you describe here; it says that Script Writing by Democracy Fails. Over the past two or three years I have watched a new venue for animation rise on the online pages of the New York Times. It's the Jeff Scher Animated Life series Animated Life, which I have brought up on these forums before. http://www.cartoonbrew.com/animators/je ... ofile.html
Not all his mini films thrill me as much as a few and I don't consider him an animator per se, but I do like his entire package and I do consider him a top notch writer.
Scher balances out his animations with good music by Shay Lynch, who would at times be even better if he were to be left entirely to his own devices; to improvise on his own. You might see where I'm going with this... collaborations work best if the participants are left pure freedom to improvise and each participant is a master of a separate art form.
I see this as the future domain of hand painted animation on the pages of all the emerging iPads, Kindles, Vooks and iPods that have already hatched. Reading a brief, sparkling essay; the kind Jeff Scher is so good at, (which used to be known in its newspaper heydays as the feuilleton) and which is coming back to its regular favored spot at the bottom of the front page, is the treat of the morning read, especially when illustrated by cheerful, independent artists such as James Thurber or Saul Steinberg used to be, and now the current Maira Kalman http://kalman.blogs.nytimes.com/
and Jeff Scher have become (The Principles of Uncertainty; also NY Times online).
If Mads were to write two paragraphs of what he sees in his animated clip (including his self-recognized missteps) and the iPad reader would have the joy of playing the clip over and over to follow Mads' thoughts, and if the little piece would be wrapped up with a "thought of the day" contemplation, we would start to see a growing audience for this contemporary form of the old queen of the morning, the feuilleton.
This is what I intend to teach in my forthcoming classes at Penn... find your own voices, take writing classes as well as drawing classes and music lessons, start practicing on the pages of your own blog or face book until you get noticed by others and grow your own venue by bringing to the page an entire growing audience or write and animate your own vook. There is so much room for travelogues, teenage angst tribulations, love letters and just all kinds of observations of the world surrounding us -- part written, part animated and part sound and it shouldn't cost a penny to produce.