Re: Disney Features ruining quality animation


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Posted by john burge on May 13, 1999 at 13:59:03:

In Reply to: Disney Features ruining quality animation posted by Mark on May 13, 1999 at 07:30:27:

: Since gossip is the fuel for aritists in this industry, I thought I'ld pass this along. On it's newest feature, Disney is asking animators to cut back on the quality of animation it is producing. Suggestions were to put things on 4s if possible, use held cels NOT moving holds, break up characters into different levels (a la TV), have static heads with moving mouth shapes, when one character is interacting with another, keep the other one on a held cel when it is not moving, and the worst possible unthinkable practice: use REUSE footage from other scenes (like in Jungle Book). This is completely UNACCEPTABLE. They are supposed to be the leader in this industry and now they are going the way of direct-to-video or TV style animation. I apologize if I am offending anyone that really loves TV-style animation, but I for one got into this whole thing because of the classic Disney style and the beauty that comes from this artform. Now, in an attempt to cut corners, they are going to use REUSE footage!! Why?? Also, production managers are making key artistic decisions in order to speed up the process. For example, certain shapes (I think pointed items) were changed on a character because the 'Fill' program that CAPS uses wouldn't be able to quickly comprehend the drawing in order to fill it in. Also, individual strands of hair were removed from designs because the CAPS people would have had to hit the 'Fill' button twice. Is this completely insane or is it just me??!!! What happened to the art and the commitment to quality? If they are looking to cut the budget, why don't they INTELLIGENTLY plan the schedules (i.e., lose the whole "overtime crunch" thing), drop half of the Production Assistants who are only there to wear their new hip outfits, hire writers who actually understand character and plot and get it right the first time. Sorry, I just REALLY love this artform and it seems like management is inent on slowly murdering it. Computers and $12 million dollar features will kill off beautifully animated films for the sake of higher profit margins. This is really frustrating!!!


Speaking from the unspeakable experience of giving my love to animation for the last 30 years,and by the way,gaining many awards for excellence going in our third world (cheap)backwater, Sydney Australia.I am once again cast into the dustbin waiting to be fished out nad treated momentarily like a king by some executive who who has i assume lost at the races ,and needs to screw some real blood to buy some cash .I am now too old to fool any .the benefit of the doubt has dwindled to zero,I have turned into a piece of gristle in the ham in the sandwish,and have been spat out.I recommend all you fresh meats to read John Ralston Saul's "Voltaire's Bastards' to gain an insight into what you are really up against and why things are so.Also his handy reference "The Doubters Companion".To save you from total despair after reading these facts read anything by J Krishnamurti with an open mind.I am the world and the world is me.
regards john b



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