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As posted on the front page, Disney launched a simple little Olaf short online that was animated solely by Hyrum Osmond from home and features Josh Gad voicing the character from home. Disney is promoting this as the first in a series of shorts the duo made that will be uploaded through the week.
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Yepp I dropp by here sometimes ...but checking the news (and views) frequently, just voicing my opinion once in a blue moon Good to hear from you too
Things do change but Vi is still here ...and that's a good thingShyViolet wrote: ↑January 7th, 2020, 6:52 pmYes, definitely! . It’s great to see you again Kaszubas!
Yeah, I probably should have been clearer when discussing ultra-lifelike animation (TLK ‘19) vs. mocap; I know they’re not the same. I guess what I was trying to say was that even while acknowledging that there WAS certainly much creativity by the artists when creating the photorealistic characters in said film, in my mind it just doesn’t measure up to a film like, say, Finding Nemo. There the characters were based on “realistic” renditions of fish/sea creatures, yet we could still feel the beating heart of an artist’s soul in every frame. Their movements and expressions were not only “funny” but projected real depth. (Particularly Marlin as well as Nemo.)
It’s an animated fantasy!
Yeah, but animation is and has always been about caricature and capturing the complexity of human feeling in a seemingly “simple” way that is anything but. That’s why the original ‘90s LK was such a GIGANTIC hit. The expressions/body language of each character communicated so much depth of feeling and resonance that it almost felt as though you knew them personally.
I mean this as absolutely NO slight to the artists who worked on the re-imagining, I guess you could call it, of TLK; I’m sure they crafted wonderful work even with the limitations that a photorealistic film must have set on them.
Because how can you possibly re-create the absolutely devastating scene of Simba slowly coming to the realization that his father is gone forever by designing the characters to be as realistic as possible? Or Marlin’s horror when he first loses Nemo to the fishermen? His grief when he thinks Nemo’s dead? In my opinion, trying to do this with photorealistic characters robs us of pretty much everything we’ve come to expect from an animated film that TRULY moves us.
Same thing for human characters, by the way. If the scenes of Riley and her parents in Inside Out were re-done with a photorealistic (but not mocaped) design of an eleven-year-old girl and two adults also designed this way, would the scene where Riley breaks down in tears after coming home be even HALF as beautiful/heartbreaking?
(Just my opinions! )
Well... I think it's just a matter of personal preference - you DO prefere animation to be that way. It's probably intuitive choice on your side and to some extent conscious artistic decission on artist/director side. You DO prefere your animated heros to be more expressive, exagerated, stylised caricacures - it may make their emotions easier to read, engage and empathize for you. But that's formal choice. Doesn't diminish actual value of artistic skills and heart that went into TLK '19. I think you mistake your (acquired) taste with actual quality of the meal It's very well cooked. You just happen not to like it as much You may find the stylistic choice less effective for you or this kind of story, or you may be just biased because of pure sentimental reasons or/and your inner child desires. But there are people that do not like nor understand the beauty of stylised cartoony animation and always prefere live action performances. More true to life, less artificial to them. I think TLK'19 visual style is targeted more towards them. I'm 100% sure even fantasy may be told in many different ways. Look at "where the wild things are" by Spike Jonze for example - also a co-existence of fantastical and human beings on screen like "Inside Out" - could have been easily and animated movie. Especially knowing the picture-book source-material. Artistic choice was different. And it was a good choice for selected narrative means - it's very touching and emotionally effective. It's just different than it would have been when Pete Docter would take care of it and knowing his Monster's Inc. it probably would have been amazing