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November 4, 2012


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2D vs. 3D animation

Memmil Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
When couple first 3D animations came out (mostly by Pixar) they were something fun and they really felt different. As a kid i enjoyed them more than normal cel/2D animations which were still popular but little by little my attitude towards 3D animation changed.

They are horrible.

1. Because they killed 2D cartoons.
2. They are graphically boring.
3. All of them look the same.
4. They feel cheap.
5. Nearly with no exception every animated movie is 3D.
6. Something else...

I don't say that they're totally annoying. Back then it was OK when couple 3D animations came out once in a while, but today it is the only way animations are created. To me 2D and stop motion animations feel more artistic when everything is done traditionally. It's a nice surprise when films like Fantastic Mr. Fox, Wallace & Gromit and Tim Burton's animations comes out. Sure they have similiarities to 3D but i really appreciate them more because they look better and require the same effort to create frame by frame as 2D does.

3D animation seems less creative because it's difficult to achieve a distinctive style whereas 2D has as many different styles as there are different ways to draw (unlimited actually). When new 3D animation comes out i know excactly what it will look like. No matter how detailed and fluid animation is but it feels so synthetic that i don't care. When the same is achieved in 2D, it is just breathtaking.

What are your thought about 3D and 2D animated films and TV-series?

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goldfishkang Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I actually feel Disney is doing a great job with its recent 3D animations, like Brave and Tangled. To me, they incorporate the best of both worlds: the fluidity and dynamism of 2D animation, and the realism that 3D animation affords. With 3D animation they haven't compromised a single bit on the animation quality that made the original 2D films so appealing (all the squash and stretch, and not being afraid to exaggerate actions to give them more life, for example.) What really amazed me about them both is how Disney succeeded in incorporating a very traditional, painterly feel into them, particularly in the art direction, through the environment and character designs. They're gorgeous! Even though many of them are modelled and not painted they still manage to look like they're part of a painting as a whole, much like it was in the older 2D animated films like Sleeping Beauty and Pocahontas.
Memmil Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sure Disney/Pixar and DreamWorks are doing good job! But what about other studios?
goldfishkang Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
The thing about 3D is that they're really expensive to produce so if production quality isn't good enough, it really sticks out. In those cases I wish the studios had stuck to 2D instead. I especially hate it when 2D animations suddenly insert a 3D sequence somewhere to... I dunno, spice things up? But they don't fit with the rest of the 2D sequences. Those irk me so much. I guess the important thing is quality art direction, to me... as long as it's good, medium doesn't matter.
schris91 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student Filmographer
3D is complete overkill right now. Its just not at the point, technologically, where movies or shows can be made efficiently and not look tacky. 2D looks how it is intended, but 3D looks off, because it just can't look perfectly as its intended. Pixar movies are fantastic, but nothing else seems to come close. Especially for television.

I just look at films and shows and think, did this need to be 3D? Sometimes, it is the better medium if executed well and the characters/environment can actually benefit from it, but usually its just 3D for the sake of being 3D, riding the hype and making money.
Memmil Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cave-Cat-87 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
I'm an aspiring cartoonist, so I should be happy once I get my Jackal Jeffrey comic published. And I am also hoping that it might possibly be turned into an animated series, but with traditional hand-drawn animation, if you get my drift.
SilverChaim Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I prefer 2D animations, I guess I got used to them when I was a child. It's hard to explain but I feel like 3D animations don't have a soul. I agree that 3D animations look boring despite that they have all the effects and stuff. I wish they made more 2D animations... I remember when I was younger and felt so disappointed when they started making more 3D movies.

Some 3D movies are also good, like Tangled, How to train your dragon and Wall-e, but I think I would like some of them more if they were 2D movies :D

(Sorry if my english isn't perfect ^^;)
Memmil Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"I think I would like some of them more if they were 2D movies"

That's true.

Sometimes i think that less known and smaller 3d films could be really good and stand out if they were 2d. But if you're good (or bad) at making 3d films doesn't mean that you're good (or better) with 2d films. Maybe making those 3d models with computers is easier and more appealing to start working with instead of somehow old-fashioned 2d or even cel animation.
icthos Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012   General Artist
The thing about 3d is that it appeals less to the intellect and more to the senses. So its popular. Moreover, 3d animation generally takes less time and is more forgiving, and is therefore cheaper - it can be tweaked here and there if characters need to be modified or things need to be taken out or added in, say, due to an unfortunate controversy in the news that relates to the films subject matter or something similar.

But the alternative animation is out there, youve just got to look for it. Heres some of my favourite 2d pieces I came accross while studying it at uni that you might not know.

[link] Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase - Joan Gratz
[link] The old man and the sea - Alexander Petrov
[link] Firebird Suite - Fantasia 2000
[link] Plymptoons - Bill Plympton
[link] Rejected - Don Hertzfeldt
[link] Sloth Perfectra - Wonderglen
Memmil Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good thoughts! Sure there is always little 2d films here and there but no actual feature films.

Those links were great! Thanks.
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