Today's Daily Variety has a nice article by David Cohen discussing the animated features of 2006. (The print version has several accompanying animation-related articles and a nice chart, handicapping the cartoon contenders for the Oscar, which don't appear to be available online.) I thought the Cohen article interesting for what it didn't do . . .
It didn't declare that there had been too many animated features, or that they were too similar, or that our industry was going straight to hell. Instead, he writes,
"This was supposed to be the year the CG animation bubble burst.
Too many films, warned the analysts. A sure sign of the impending disaster, they said, was all those talking-animal movies. "Over the Hedge"? "Open Season"? Who could tell them apart? Surely, now that the novelty has worn off, auds would just skip them altogether.
But it turned out that it was the pundits, not the auds, who were confused.
My thoughts exactly. Yes, several films tanked. But most didn't, and three of the top seven films this year are fully animated.
Here's another bit I completely agree with:
"The more the merrier," says "Cars" director John Lasseter, who now boasts the title of chief creative officer for both Pixar and the Walt Disney Co. "Look, there's 52 weekends a year, and 14 to 16 animated films came out this year, so there's still plenty of room. I'd much rather be part of a healthy industry than be the only player in a dead industry."