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Traditional Animation versus Pixar: A Tale of Competing Priorities

27 Mar

4th article in our 5 week series on Disney!

As much as it would be nice to discuss how wonderful Disney animation has been (for most of its almost 90 year history) one has to recognize how market forces have challenged their animation enterprise.   A creative juggernaut of the highest caliber, Disney is also a business that has to profit to sustain its production.  Gratifying audiences with warm and elegant animation, if not pioneering the finest animation, Disney has taken many advanced animation development techniques to great heights.  We know their 2 dimensional hand-drawn classics from our childhood favorites.  Yet we also appreciate the digital wizardry of their current 3 dimensional works also. Though we appreciate Disney’s association with Pixar we have to wonder whether a conflict of sorts is brewing.  This article will attempt to illustrate the collision (and sometimes hostility) that is sometimes provoked internally by challenging economic forces, contemporary appetites, and competing priorities at the Cineplex’s.

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Hollywood Game Changers

27 Jun

What’s a Hollywood Game Changer? It’s someone who completely changes the way something is done, thought about, or made. The animated film Brave took in close to 80 million at the box office its opening weekend. The Pixar film is an original story featuring the first female protagonist by Pixar. It’s hard to ignore all the re-imagined stories of Snow White being churned out by Hollywood.  Has Brenda Chapman changed the game for fairytales in Hollywood?[1] In this article we will look at one visionary who dared to go against convention to redefine ideals in Hollywood and breathed new life into fairytales.

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The Future of CGI/Animation Film Franchises: Part 1

2 Dec

By: Open Book

Could you imagine actors Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart as CGI/Computer Generated Images? How about Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter?  What can we expect in the future from CGI/Animation franchises?

Franchise and sequels, have been around since the silent film era, if we consider the popular Tarzan of the Apes series. The Tarzan character first appeared in the novel Tarzan of the Apes written by Edgar Rice Burroughs in 1914. There were a total of twenty-five sequels written, not to mention countless film, comic strips and television series, which continued to be produced up into the late 1980’s.[1] The silent films produced during the teens and twenties include, Tarzan of the Apes in 1918, The Romance of Tarzan in 1918 and The Son of Tarzan in 1920.[2] Between 1918 and 1929 there were eight Tarzan films produced in all. That’s almost one Tarzan film a year, over the course of a decade. Continue reading