Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Cartooning: What's Wrong With This Picture?

ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive: Cartooning: What's Wrong With This Picture?: "Whenever I see straightforward, appealing cartoons like this, I wonder... Why are CGI designs are so needlessly complex and realistic? And why are Flash characters so flat that it limits their ability to be posed? Here are cartoony, stylized designs that have volume and work well within the perspective of a three dimensional environment. These sorts of characters would be easy to animate expressively using just about any technique- hand drawn, CGI, puppet, clay or Flash. Naturally, the subject matter here is dated, but the basic proportions and shapes could easily be applied to a more modern context. I'd love to see contemporary cartoons that are this simple and fun again."