Thursday, February 25, 2016

Remaking Animation ... With Animation

Disney created the animated Cinderella in 1950. It was the first full-length feature from the House of Mouse in almost a decade, and it became the hit that gave Walt Disney Productions a crucial lift just when it was needed.

Sixty-five years later, the company remade the movie that had pulled it back from the cliff-edge in the middle of the previous century. This time, the company made a movie that was half animated and engaged director Kenneth Branagh to sprinkle a few flesh-and-blood performers throughout. This helped give it the semblance of a live-action movie. ...


There was a good deal of rotoscope in the 1950 version of the fairy tale, and a lot of key frame animation in the Branagh version. So the question is, how much animation was in the remake? And how much live-action ended up in the original?

If you break down the percentages of live-action to animation in each project, they really might not be that far apart. In today's movie universe, cg animation and cg environments make up a large part of what audiences see.


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