Monday, March 21, 2016

The Ongoing Merger

Since the term "animated feature" now mostly applies to CGI (since hand-drawn animation has become a sideshow to the CG Main Event), we can stipulate that there is less and less different between tentpole live-action and Zootopia and Kung Fu Panda 3.

Oftentimes its the same artists and technicians at the same computers on the same programs. There is a thimbleful of difference between Gravity and Wall-E. They are, essentially, two animated features set in space, yet one was treated as "live action" and received "Best Cinematography" and "Best Director" Oscars, just as if most of the movie hadn't been created in the same way Shrek got made.

Someday, perhaps, the charade will end. For the moment, everyone can pretend that there really is some kind of big difference between Hollywood's action-adventure epics and the release slates of Blue Sky Studios, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar and DreamWorks Animation.

In actuality there is less and less all the time.


GW said...

I have a term for animation that attempts to look like reality or a reality that live action film would attempt. Live Sim. My original term, simulated action, was too vague and could describe so many different things that I had to come up with a different term.

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