An old Disney hand travels to DreamWorks Animation:
Kevin Lima, who directed Disney’s animated Tarzan before transitioning to the live-action hits 102 Dalmations and Enchanted, is returning to his roots. Lima has signed on to helm DreamWorks Animation’s Monkeys of Mumbai, which is assembling a highly pedigreed creative team. ...
Earlier today I talked to a wise old animation veteran (and feature director) who said:
"Most animation directors who go over to live-action never come back. Frank Tashling didn't. I don't think Brad [Bird] will. And I'd be surprised if Stanton goes back after John Carter of Mars" ...
I brought up the name of Tim Burton, who still keeps a hand in the animation business, but the Wise Old Vet said "Tim's just producing now." Right, sure, I thought to myself. Alice In Wonderland has no animation at all.
Because, face it. Animation in 2011 isn't the sleepy little ghetto it was a couple of decades ago. In the 21st century, animated features are Big Box Office, and any number of high-profile filmmakers are in them up to their eyebrows, one way or the other.
Michael Bay directs giant robots that most definitely aren't live action. Spielberg has jumped into mo-cap animation with Tin-tin. And Jim Cameron made a high-grossing movie that had a poop-load of animation. So the question is, where do the animation directors end and the live-action directors start? And what, exactly, is a live-action feature, anyway? Or an animated feature? Seems as though the genres have long-since blended together.