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Should Computer Generated Images replace standard Animation? 11 Nov 2004 12:25 #9292

  • poppajoe
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When you look at it at first glance it seems that CGI is taking over. You have Nemo, Shrek, and Incredibles, all CGI. Now weigh the animated features Sinbad: The Legend of the Seven Seas, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, and The Road to El Dorado. It seems that CGI certainly wins hands down. What do think?
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Re: Should Computer Generated Images replace standard Animation? 11 Nov 2004 12:39 #9293

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Don't know about the quality of the artistry, but it certainly seems to me that the CGI titles win hands down in one department -- scripts!
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Re: Should Computer Generated Images replace standard Animation? 11 Nov 2004 12:56 #9294

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The SHOULD is irrelevant: CGI already HAS... Despite CGI's tremendous capabilities to mimic real life and create situations which exist only in imagination, it lacks the charm and character that once were the hallmark of hand-drawn animation, such novelties as claymation, and stop-action frame-by-frame cinematography, but it will eventually reach the point where the cost is less than the other systems, and THAT is the bottom line... Nostalgia and art come in second to the Almighty $ in this business, especially now, when the studios are being run by conglomerates rather than movie makers...
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Re: Should Computer Generated Images replace standard Animation? 11 Nov 2004 13:50 #9295

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I've said this before and I'll just keep on saying it:

It's the story damn it!

CGI is just another cool tool to use. Stop motion, 2D animation, charcole drawings and sock puppets will still be relevent if the story is good. With out a good story it's just a technical demo.
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Re: Should Computer Generated Images replace standard Animation? 12 Nov 2004 17:05 #9296

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I agree with Large: It's the story. The classic Disney or WB cartoons have been enjoyed by generations, and will be for generations to come. So will modern CGI films, with GOOD and TIMELESS stories to tell.

There's some pretty good CGI on Saturday morning cartoons, but the storylines are trite and disposable.

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Re: Should Computer Generated Images replace standard Animation? 12 Nov 2004 18:23 #9297

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To me CGI is in a lost world somewhere between real and animated. As a cartoon tool it looks too real and as a tool for feature films it looks too phony. "Sky Captain" is a good example of how phony CGI can look when they are trying to make it look real. I'm talking about the artistry here.

And yes, I agree with the others, it's the story.

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