What Happened to Western Animation?

What Happened to Western Animation?

Animation. You know it and I know it. Chances are most of you had an experience
growing up where you watched any number of THIS giant soul-eating conglomerate’s movies
and realized the wonders of animation. I watched so many Disney movies growing up
that I couldn’t even tell you what the first one was, or even which ones I prefer. It was a simpler time where I wasn’t even
thinking about the fact that these movies were animated, they were just… stories,
wildly expressive and vibrant stories. But here’s the thing, when I say the word
“animation”, what picture pops into your head? Do you see this? Or this? Animation has severely changed over the past
two decades, with the advent of Pixar, the industry began to shift into a different approach
to animation that was both more cost effective, and also made more money. At the turn of the 20th century, Pixar’s
CG features were making more and more and more money, while Disney’s hand-animated
films were making less and less. Take Lilo and Stitch for instance, I don’t
know about you guys but this was a classic growing up in my household, you know the whole
schpiel, ohana means family, and family apparently means only making 270 million dollars at the
box office. Now here’s where it gets crazy, less than
one year later after Stitch came out, Pixar’s Finding Nemo would release to a public craving
more CGI animation, and it would go on to make almost quadruple the amount that Stitch
did, nearly 1 billion dollars… soooo yeah, I have some bad news for you guys, if you
loved movies like The Emperor’s New Groove, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, or Treasure Planet,
those movies were flops, apparently very few people cared about them. Fast forward to 2005 and we see the dawn of
a new age, Walt Disney Animation Studios for all intents and purposes, was DONE with hand-animation. With the release of Chicken Little, they began
their escapades into CG animation in the hopes of attaining even a fraction of the success
that Pixar was at the time… Now at first they didn’t, they definitely didn’t, but eventually
we know how that story turns out now that Disney is continuously putting out
billion dollar CG animated hits. And yes there actually was a brief renaissance
period where Disney returned to hand animation for both The Princess and the Frog and Winnie
the Pooh, but it didn’t last long and that leads me into a question that has kept me
up at night for ages… Why couldn’t they coexist? Why can’t we get a mix of CG animated films
and hand-animated films today? What’s stopping us? And unfortunately the simple answer I’ve
come to is that nobody was or is interested in paying to see these hand-animated movies
anymore. Studios are simply just capitalizing on what
most people are paying for. You remember how I said Disney came back to
hand animation with The Princess and the Frog? Well that movie made even less than Lilo and Stitch did,
sitting at 260 million dollars worldwide. Less than a year later, that same Disney would
release a CG animated film named Tangled, and do you want to know how much that movie
made? It’s sad to say that the diminishing returns
and reduced market for these hand-animated films are probably the main reason they died
out in the first place. Now I’m not shaming CGI films, there are
so many CG animated movies that I love, the How to Train Your Dragon movies, many Pixar
classics like Toy Story or the Incredibles, even the recent Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
is a great example of taking CGI animation in a fresh direction that, frankly, FEELS
hand-animated sometimes with the way it’s stylized. CGI is good, but you want to know what isn’t
good? Losing what got us here in the first place. Even now Disney is releasing these live action
remakes that are making hundreds of millions of dollars more than their animated counterparts
ever did, while also removing a lot of the life and personality that made those movies
beloved in the first place, I mean look at this scene from the new Aladdin live action
movie, classic adaptation of an iconic song, Prince Ali. Now I want you to take a look at the way this
scene is composed, the way it’s edited, everything about it is just so dull, you can
tell it’s trying to be extravagant and wild but the way it’s shot and choreographed
is so boring, there’s nothing interesting going on, it’s slow, it just kills every
bit of energy and pace that the original scene had. Don’t believe me? Look at the original scene for yourself, look
at how much more full of life it is, how many quirky scenes are going on at the same time
back to back to back, it keeps the energy high and manages to interject a lot of comedy
and funny moments effortlessly through the expressiveness of animation. Seriously, out of everything you chose to
cut from this scene, you took out Genie transforming himself into various people in the crowd to
hype up Aladdin? That was like the best part! Hearing Robin Williams’ impersonations,
how visually entertaining the gags were, how do you butcher a scene this much? And here’s the thing, other than that scene,
I actually like the majority of stuff that’s been shown from the Aladdin movie, it still
very well could and probably will be a fun time, but I can’t help but feel like Disney
is erasing their own history with these kinds of films, it’s trying to replace it with
what’s become more socially acceptable, transforming these properties into things that are
supposed to appeal to an audience that just don’t take animation seriously, in which
case I say screw that, and screw those people for looking down on such a powerful artistic
medium, if they didn’t want to watch these stories before because they were animated,
I’m sorry to say but they really don’t deserve to watch these in live action now. It shouldn’t be a secret at this point that
I prefer hand-animation, I like how personal it feels and I like how limitless it is in
its creativity. There’s a soul and charm in traditional
animation that speaks to me and I’ve been searching ages for anything in Western animation
that still holds that spirit. So is it all doom and gloom? Is there any place left for traditional western
animation? Well… kinda, but with an asterisk next to
that. Traditional western animation does still exist
in the form of television, shows like The Simpsons, Spongebob, Adventure Time, these
are shows that started out animated and they’re still being animated to this day. I have to be honest though, it’s not the
same and doesn’t feel the same, these are sitcoms, they’re pumped out on a regular
schedule for years on end, and of course I don’t mean this as a jab at those shows,
I do think they’re expressive and fun in a way only animation can be, but it still
feels held back compared to other animated projects due to their networks and schedules. Of course while the majority of western animated
television is like this, we do have a few exceptions, take Nickelodeon’s Rise of the
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series that began airing last year, this show… it looks incredible,
in terms of animation quality, creativity, and pure fun, it is a far cry from basically anything
else you can watch on the network right now. You can tell the creators and the animators
both have this insane passion not only for the material they’re working with, but for
animation as a whole, you can see so much influence from old school Gainax, especially
Fooly Cooly. It just looks awesome and I wish more western
television tried to do things as ambitious as this project. Nickelodeon actually has a track record for
producing shows like this, another such example would be the Avatar and Legend of Korra series,
both of which despite being outsourced to Korean animators, were very forward-thinking
in terms of setting a higher standard for American television, ESPECIALLY The Legend
of Korra, my god, if you want an example of some of the finest and most consistent hand-animation
that exists anywhere, you should watch The Legend of Korra, it is insane what Studio Mir was
able to accomplish on that series. One thing you might notice these shows have
in common is that they’re very anime-inspired, and that’s kind of been the elephant in
the room this entire video, traditional hand-animation is very much alive, just not in the West. Overseas in Japan they a ludicrous market
for animated television which releases upwards of 20-30 different series every single season. Not only is that a lot but generally speaking
there’s a higher standard of quality that Japanese animated television goes for compared
to Western television. Take a show that aired just last season for
instance, Mob Psycho 100 Season 2, this is by no means the norm of a standard anime production,
but it does showcase that hand-animation is very much alive and well, as both seasons
of Mob Psycho 100 have some of the best animation I have ever seen in my entire life. So yeah, anime is great, but it’s not a
solution, mostly because in order to release so many series with such high quality in that
short a timeframe, it naturally means that these animators and staff are being worked
to the bone for barely any pay. The animation industry in Japan is notorious
for its inhumane working conditions, and as the number of shows continues increasing and
increasing per season, it’s inevitably going to lead to a crash. Definitely not an ideal scenario for one of the last places
on Earth creating quality hand-animation. I think what bothers me the most about the
lack of traditional western animation is that there are so many alternatives that could
have been further explored and taken advantage of. Look at Disney’s deep canvas technology
for instance, it was a wild invention that allowed Disney to basically create 3D scenes
that they could paint over and seamlessly blend into their hand animation. It was used in Tarzan and even more extensively
in Treasure Planet, and in both instances I think the results speak for themselves. This was a tool that allowed animation to
stay as imaginative and inspired as before, while also letting it run around in gorgeous
3D environments that kept scenes feeling dynamic and visually engaging. Like all good things however, it costed money,
and I assume it wasn’t cost effective enough for Disney to continue using it, epsecially after
the financial failure of Treasure Planet. Another cool alternative I’ve been thinking
about a lot connects to two live action movies that are on everyone’s mind right now, Detective
Pikachu and the Sonic the Hedgehog movie. Both are taking an inherently animated character
and transitioning it to live action, because… well, ya know, live actions sells, man. One obviously does this better than the other
but what if there was another way? What if there was a movie, or multiple movies,
that showed you can combine animated characters with live action footage? Well you know me and
my rhetorical questions at this point, Who Framed Roger Rabbit,
Space Jam, and Looney Tunes: Back in Action all showed that this can not only be done,
but it works, it works really well. This would be so fitting, especially for a
character like Sonic the Hedgehog, who is inherently goofy and self-aware. The idea of putting an animated version of
him next to an actor like Jim Carrey, that just sounds hilarious and also just way better
than the travesty they ended up going with initially. Ultimately I guess the point I’m trying
to make with this video is that animation is different than it used to be, not necessarily
for the worse, but in a way that’s abandoned its roots. CG animation has become the new norm, live
action remakes are seemingly replacing their animated originals, and other forms of animation
are so unpopular that studios won’t even think about investing in them. However there are still rays of hope that
tell me even if Western animation can’t regain its former glory, there are some great projects
out there helmed by great people who are keeping the art of hand-drawn animation alive. The Samurai Jack creator is coming back with
a new series, Studio Mir had that Koji pilot a while ago, and literally as I was editing
this video Cartoon Network announces this really cool looking show called Mao Mao, there’s
good stuff to look forward to, and if all that isn’t enough, well you can always turn weeb
and start watching some anime, I don’t mean to brag but I have a pretty good channel for
recommending anime. Speaking of me, if you want more occasional
opinions, or you just wanna keep in touch, you can follow me on Twitter @PhenomSage, and if you want to chat or make friends, you
should totally join my Discord server, it has a great community of people, we do group
anime– er, I mean hand-animated streams together, it’s a lot of fun, be sure to
join if you’re interested. Also make sure to tell me in the comments
what you think about how animation has changed, do you think it’s possible for hand-animation
to make a comeback? It would be pretty cool, but even if it doesn’t… We always have the originals, right?

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100 Replies to “What Happened to Western Animation?”

  1. So a few people have fairly pointed out that I neglected to mention another branch of Western animation, that being French animation, and European animation in general. While I am familiar with a few French animated movies like The Red Turtle, Song of the Sea, The Breadwinner, etc. unfortunately it's not something I was knowledgeable enough about to consider talking about here. This is such a broad topic so I used this video as more of a personal reflection on Western animation as it's changed to me, my own experiences with it, and how the zeitgeist has shifted from my perspective.

    That being said, I'm always interested in learning more, so feel free to comment any European animated movies that you would recommend, and hell, any videos or articles talking about the history of European animation would be cool as well!

  2. If you loved movies like "The Emperor's New Groove", "Atlantis, The Lost Empire" and "Treasure Planet" – those movies were flops <– somehow that doesn't change the way I feel about them. "Tarzan" and "Treasure Planet" was a bit of a mix of hand-drawn and 3-D animation, using 'deep canvas', and I found that breathtaking. It had the emotive expressiveness of hand-drawn characters, and the immersive sweeping worlds 3-D could provide.

    I hear you on the live-actions. I hear you. I'm excited for "Mulan" and I want it to be successful. Studio Mir is a legend. And I wish, I really do wish, animators made better salaries and had better work-life balance in Japan.

  3. The legend of Korra is so underrated in terms of both animation and storytelling. Korra is also the most engaging, compelling, multi-faceted, well fleshed out, and three-dimensional female protagonist I’ve seen in western animated television. But she gets hated on for things she’d be praised for, if she were a male character. But thats not surprising. Basically any big fantasy epic with a female protagonist is gonna be shit on. Korra, Rey, and Captain Marvel will never get away with the same things that Harry Potter, Luke Skywalker, Superman, and Aang got away with.

    the closest thing CGI animation has to a “big fantasy epic” like this was How to Train Your Dragon. They nailed it with the second movie, and set up for a great continuation… and then they blew it with the third movie. I was really thinking DreamWorks was SO CLOSE to reaching Disney standards with their brand, too. (In 2010 they released httyd1. In 2012 it was Rise of The Guardians. And in 2014 it was Httyd2.) but then after httyd2, it’s like they went back to their old bullshit and gave up on serious stuff. Apparently what sells is dumbed-down crap that parents can plop their kids down in front of, to be babysat by uncle television for an hour, and that’s what DreamWorks is selling now. Except for the She-Ra cartoon, I guess.

  4. Most "western" animation is bought in studios in South Korea… because it's cheaper than America, especially California. smh

  5. If you like gorgeous hand animation in anime, you have to check out Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. It's on crunchyroll

  6. As western animation has evolved since the making of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, many films have come to influence the industry. From the works of Toy Story as the first full length 3D feature film to the ground breaking effects of Spider Man into the Spider-verse, Animation has taken many forms and has impacted the lives of the general public. Though animation takes many forms, different mediums attract different groups and some may be more popular than others. In this study we look for your opinion regarding your personal preference of animation mediums and films. Your email is required for limiting participant responses only, responses will be purely anonymous in the sense that your name will not be used in the results, nor will your email. We ask that you answer all the questions and that you tell us your favorite western animated feature films.

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  7. "Traditional hand animation is very much alive, just not in the west." Huh, that reminds me of something many people are saying now about the American dream…that it's alive and thriving, just not in the United States. Funny how things like this work

  8. I wouldn't be surprised if hand-drawn animation comes back as kind of like a counterculture or Fringe underground movement

  9. The thing that stands out about Pixar Vs Disney to me is that if it's Pixar I know I'm not going to have to sit through half a dozen awful cheesy "comedy" musical numbers. I hated them as a kid, I hate them as an adult (Jungle Book being the one exception). The type of animation is not relevant to me.

  10. The odd thing however, is how they just abadon 2D animation despite the fact that it's limitless and easier to be exaggerate than CGI and live action

  11. Spider-verse is awesome. It is CGI but feels a lot like 2D animation. But sadly it is not doing that well in box office. Incredibles 2 barely change its animation after released in same year did 3-4x time more. Lion King probably the worst live action adaptation from Disney do even better.

  12. western animation has been destroyed by disney. Most western audiences think that animation = cartoons… ie just for kids. Animation is a medium to tell a story. Thats it. Animation can be for any age group, but because of Disney, western audiences see it as a medium for only kids. Anime, on the other hand, has stories for all age groups.

    The second disaster for western animation is the crappy 'american style' animation known as 'Cal-Arts Style' of animation. This crap looks like it was drawn by a 3 year old. Most anime has great detail… Cal arts is for for 'artists' who can't draw.

  13. Everybody just follows trends. If its animated then it's a cartoon and people dont want to be thought of as a child for watching it. Those are damn sure the people that don't appreciate the disney movies. Cause no matter what people say or think of you. If you like something then you like it. My favorite movie is still mulan. (But I'm still a child cause I just hate the parts when she sings, that's just girly lol hahahahaha jkjk) if mulan was in theaters animated I'd go watch it. If they had a live action I'd go watch it. I love the movie. And the animation is like the icy on a cake. If someone claims to love a movie but wont watch it cause its animated. Then they dont really love it. And with how much money the animation beauty and the beast made compared to the live action just goes to show you how many people out there that aren't fans. Just heard of the movie or maybe watched it when they were younger and want a more mature (live action) edition to a movie they dont mind seeing again. But the true fans went to see the original and the live action.

  14. "What happened to Western animation".

    We have stuff like Hilda, Dragon Prince, Ducktales 2017, Amphibia, Over the Garden Wall, Infinity Train, Gravity Falls, etc. Not to mention upcoming shows like Owl House and the Cuphead Netflix series which will also be traditionally animated. You really should have talked more about this, as it relates to cartoons nowadays, before saying that Western/traditional animation is dead. This video feels rather narrow in scope.

  15. Disney left 2d animation because of money. now CGI animation is Disney's cash cow. Bigger corporations are less likely to take risks on original projects. They rather profit from what exists and makes them money. Compared to Smaller studios are more open in taking risks for original projects.

    that's why I could care less about Disney now. They said it indirectly in their movies that they aren't going back to the past where they once were in 2D animation. And that's fine if they are ignorant. Because at least smaller studios have bigger and grander visions of there projects. But for now, Anime is my go-to.

  16. I think it's more about the stories told than the animation style itself… Animated movies once had such great stories to tell, but nowadays movies just feel so sterile. And about the live action movies: most people seem to watch them solely for the nostalgia

  17. I can't stand pixar's animation style, characters generally move very slow and sluggishly. Whenever anyone emotes in a pixar film, you don't see their facial expressions nearly as much as you see their transitioning to and from each expression, it insufferable to look at. Also, the characters are all soft and squishy, none of them have any sense of solidity to them. The character designs are awful too, their usually way to simple looking with overly exaggerated proportions. This especially bad in the case of human characters, I can understand why living objects or animal characters look the way they do in pixar films, but the human never have bodies that even remotely resemble human anatomy.

    The worst part of all this is that the way pixar animation is considered the best and only way to animate cg, because pixar started cg animation. So every animation studio has just copied them, EVERY SINGLE CG ANIMATED MOVIE HAS LOOKED THE EXACTLY SAME FOR TWO DECADES minus a few exceptions (spider-verse, peanuts etc.). Pixar is the reason why there is such a stigma against cg animation, cuz people know a 2D animation can come in an infinite variety of styles, but they generally can't of CG animation looking like anything other than pixar. For years indie animator have been making CG short films that are much more style and expression than what anybody have ever seen in a film from Pixar, DreamWorks, illumination, BlueSky, imagi or any other major animation studio.

    oh and the fact that CG took over the animated film industry was a factor in CG stigma too i guess

  18. There are other implications to this shift to 3D animation. The tradition of teaching 2D animation is slowly fading away. It gets harder and harder to find good animation courses and instructors. And no disrespect to the masters of the 2D era, but they're getting old and will literally die out. What will happen when the guys who spent their entire lives making 2D animation films for Disney and early Dreamworks die? Will they knowledge still pass forward to new generations, even without a market for 2D?
    So you have Japan, that still has a tradition of teaching 2d animation… in the near future, it will be like this: if you want to learn advanced 2d animation, you better start learning Japanese.

  19. CGI is not easier unless you're going for lazy barely animated rubbish. They are both equally time consuming, with hand-drawn simply being more human-based than the more computer-based CGI.

    Also you ignored animation from the East that isn't anime, like soviet and Warsaw-pact animations, such as the Jungle Book film.

  20. Animation: i'm… i'm gonna… miss you… chuckles*

    Me: Me too. No matter what anybody says, you're always be a prince to me…

  21. "You can always turn weeb and start watching anime" legit what I did and the reason (among many other reasons obviously) I'm sticking with it! xD

    Also yes, yes and yes! The Emperor's New Groove, Atlantis and Treasure Planet WERE my ultimate favorite movies as a kid!! I can LITERALLY recite every single line from The Emperor's New Groove from how many times my siblings and I have watched it!

    Basically, I completely agree with you, western handdrawn animation is by every definition, dying. But I can't help but feel it's just a phase, these live action adaptations will soon run out of content to adapt, and a new generation of animation-loving artists will enter the scene and start making new handdrawn animation like in the good old days, history repeats itself, people are bound to go back to liking handdrawn animation more, sooner or later.

  22. What happened to it? It died! But that was inevitable. Traditional blacksmiths can't possibly compete with modern day production cycles. Traditional furnature makers can't compete with the likes of Ikea. "Progress" kills tradition. It is simple.

  23. One thing that is worth noting about Disney and it's end of traditional animation was that it was pretty intentionally done. Treasure Planet and Lilo and Stich both got very little in the way of advertising. I think in TP's case it only got one trailer. So it wasn't necessarily just a case of viewers no longer being interested in 2D, but Disney looking to intentionally fail these films in order to make way for CGI.
    There are some interesting articles and videos on it. If I weren't at work I'd try and find the links. Great video though!

  24. People like you who say that modern western animation is bad are nothing more than just ignorant drama queens.

    There are still a lot of 2D-animations made in the west, like Song of the sea, Secret of skells, Castlevania, DC-animated movies, THE CHILDREN'S WORLD, The illusionist, Lovin Vincent, The red turtle, Klaus, Parvanna, Persepolish, Funan, Teheran Tabu, Another Day of Life, Chris the Swiss, Gordon & Paddy, Birdboy, Unicorn wars, I Lost My Body, Jacob, Mimmi and the Talking Dogs, Rahan, Ernest and Celestine, Wrinkles, The Congress.

    The title of this video should be what happened to Disney animation, not what happened to western animation, because western animation is actually better now than it has ever been before.

  25. I think you're missing an important aspect: the writing. Those films you mentioned, Tarzan, Emperor's New Groove, Atlantis, Treasure Planet; I don't think they flopped because there was a declining interest in 2D animation. Honestly, that sounds like a bit of a cop-out for Disney. It very well may be a contributing factor and I'm no expert, but I think the main reason is those films just don't hold up as well as say Beauty and The Beast or Mulan. While the Disney renaissance was ending, Pixar was churning out some great stories combined with groundbreaking animation.That was the recipe for success that Disney was doing all throughout the '90s and well before, going all the way back to its beginnings.The new animation styles used in Tarzan and Treasure planet you mentioned? Now imagine if that were paired with a much better story with great character and writing. This is part of why the Princess and the Frog failed. It's not entirely due to 2D animation being less popular. While I do like the movie myself, I have to admit that the plot is a mess. The writing is all over the place. It's just not a solid story. I'm not saying these films don't deserve attention. They may be underrated in some aspects, but that's the key word: aspects. Only parts of these movies work; they don't work as a whole and people only see the good parts. It's great that these films have their audience seeing as they do have some merit, however, I think their fans need to realize they aren't some underappreciated masterpieces that "you just don't get!" Myself for example, I love Disney's Hunchback, but i have to acknowledge it has its weak parts. That is why those movies towards the end of the Disney renaissance failed. Pixar just happened to be rising as that era was ending. They knew that a good story comes first, at least at the time.

  26. Although I miss hand-drawn animation, I think the real problem is Disney is a lot less whimsical than it used to be….

  27. 4:50 I'm glad they cut that as although I think Will Smith made a great Genie, he obviously isn't Robin Williams so that scene wouldn't feel right with this 'New Genie' if they tried to recreate it

  28. Lol!! Japan is already experimenting how to mix 2d and 3d together. They still not that good but some studio already pigure it out. Like Orange and Ufotable studio. Well I know it's still not great but it's good enough.


  30. the reason that those CGI movies were doing well isn't because of the animations, but because of the original stories and emotional impact, endearing characters and sweet, quirky humour that appealed to kids AND grown ups. while the hand drawn movies Disney were churning out were just coded pop culture reference running gags. it's not in the animation, it's in the quality of the film. Tangled and Frozen were actually good movies, where a lot of those hand drawn ones after the Lion King/Aladdin era just… weren't. I mean look at Hunchback of Notre Dame – it's a beautiful and dark film, yet we still have to deal with the dumb gargoyles. you can see the quality of the CGI ones dropping now as well in all the franchises and sequels, so hopefully Disney figures out that emotional resonance can't be replaced by schlocky slapstick.

  31. I think one of the big issues for animation in general is that a lot of people see it as just for children. Doesn't help that when someone tries to prove animation can be for more mature audiences, unless it's something like Bojack or Rick and Morty, the desire to beat the stigma takes precedence over making something good.
    With many people, they want to see their favourite animated characters appear IRL. They want to recreate the moments they remember. The story may not make sense in terms of how they got to those scenes but it's the scenes themselves they want. The things worked but not many remember why they worked. Just look at the new Beauty and the Beast. The couple are rarely in the same shot as each other for long because one's live action and other's CGI. In the original, because they're animated, they look like they're in the same room.

  32. Man another good example of hand animation is Green Eggs and Ham that just released on Netflix (surprisingly good plot with some top tier animation)

  33. I liked at the moment he said "I prefer hand animation" I wish the delayed sketch masters would go on and produce hand animated films by themselves for us enthusiasts. Miss it so much.

  34. They have turned angelina ballerina, blinky bill, babaar and a number of other awesome 90's-2000's kids tv shows into CGI and they just look rubbish! WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT???!

  35. HTTYD is still good in 3D. There is movies that are just better like they are, but yeah, it would be cool to have more 2D

  36. Disney movies whether CGI or handmaid movie, for me it doesn't make a big difference, I've always loved them, they've always brought a lot of joy to me back when I was a child, I can't imagine how my childhood would be without them, I believe why Disney is turning to CGI , it's because like in the video, they generate a lot of movies, toy story has shaped the animation industry.

  37. Please do an analysis of the animation in Legend of Korra, I've seen a lot of videos unpacking the story line, character development, all that stuff, but can't seem to find a good video that unpacks what the animation does well and why it's interesting. Thanks!

  38. As far as Disney and its acquired studios go, the 2D designs were gorgeous. I can't stand the 3D, especially the character designs. Considering how little of the story is known before you go to see a movie, I just don't see a point in going. I might eventually try when they show up on Netflix, but in the 2D days, I would go just for aesthetic appeal.

  39. A key thing I've noticed… Good graphic detail does not equate to good animation. Just watching those clips for the live action Aladdin movie… compare them to how the characters move in Zootopia or Httyd. It's stiff and doll like in comparison. Characters have gestures and funny little movement quirks that make them unique and interesting to watch. And yes, they have a weight to them. The vast majority of CGI kind of floats there and misses all the subtle expressions. And that's not even considering actual character development and storytelling… To be quite frank, they've gotten far too concerned with profit over quality.

  40. Great video! While I do love a lot of the CGI movies that are out hand-drawn always has felt so much more special and personal to me. It definitely has a special place in my heart and personally I'd be much more likely to go see a movie if it was hand-drawn rather than CGI. But I guess that's not the normal anymore. Maybe we'll get to a point where there's so much CGI that hand-drawn seems unique and special again and will draw people in! (pun intended)

  41. I bought the hand animated Disney I am not buying the CGI in any quality. It seemed to me that the sales of the disks and the electronic files are probably the best indication of the money made not the theater.

  42. I can't help but get mad at the Legend of Korrah, I mean the animation is great but how do you go from fudal Japan to the 20s and 30s, and I absolutely can't stand the lesbian ending. I MEAN COMMON! WHY COULDN'T THEY HAVE STAYED TRUE TO AIRBENDER. but saying that they got the animation right

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