Back to the future. As goes Robert Zemeckis, so goes the Walt Disney Company...
LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) -- Walt Disney Co. said Monday that it plans to create a film unit that specializes in a new animation technology and is teaming with Academy Award-winning director Robert Zemeckis on the project.
Disney wants to create more films using "performance-capture" technology, also used on the 2004 film "The Polar Express," in which Zemeckis teamed with actor Tom Hanks. Produced for an estimated $150 million under Warner Bros., "Polar Express" went on to gross $278 million worldwide. The movie was an adaptation of a best-selling children's book.
Performance capture, also known as motion capture, records an actor's movements and facial expressions via a series of sensors attached at various points to the body; the movements are then altered to develop animated characters that can look similar to the actor.
Heey now! That is a fabulous new idea, isn't it?(Performance capture from about, oh, seventy years ago. I think this was for some, ahm, Disney production or other...)
(Update: Since Mr. Sporn brings up rotoscoping as reference -- Snow White -- here's rotoscoping as mocap: The Fleischer studios' Gulliver's Travels.)