Posted by Kiko on March 10, 2000 at 10:35:41:
In Reply to: American animation just hasn't cut it. posted by No one on March 10, 2000 at 02:09:43:
"And they ALWAYS look horrible."
Well, Rugrats, and God, The Devil, and Bob--and Family Guy, Pinky and the Brain, and most other TV animation DOES have a penchant for just plain BAD design. Batman and The Simpsons at least are well written, and the style of drawing fits the shows quite well.
As far as Feature Animation, Content wise--maybe I could agree with you. I wish there were more Iron Giant's out there. Prince of Egypt failed because it held back too much and ended up being a pale Disney clone. Antz was a rip off of A Bug's Life. But if you want to compare American Feature content with Japanimation content, there's no comparison: AMERICAN FILMS CAN AT LEAST TELL A COHERANT STORY! I'm not saying every one has to be the same (and I wish they didn't) but even the great Miazaki Mononoke was a miserable film. Looked cool, but most Japanese friends of mine (I'm American/Japanese) said that even in Japanese, they couldn't understand what the hell was going on.
BUT AS FAR AS HOW THEY LOOK: Every Disney feature since "Mermaid" has had a different style. The characters and backgrounds meld seamlessly, though in recent efforts, the brilliant technique and top notch animation has only revealed how weak the stories have really become. I wish the stories would keep up with the talent that's at Disney. El Dorado looks shakey--veryone who's seen it says it's amazing to look at, but boring as F__K.
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