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Sunday, November 4, 2007

Were all those years lost?

I bought some Mickey and Donald cartoons from the twenties and thirties. They are crude compared to cartoons made 20 years later, but they are better than what we do today. The gags are funnier, the animation is heaps better, and the characters have life in them.

How could those people achieve results much better than what we do now with our core2duo ultra-powerful machines? They could draw and they were willing to draw a lot! Animation is a complex combination of many elements, but the main thing are the drawings that come to life.

It seems that all the years between those early animators in 1920-s and us were lost. Instead of improving what they have achieved, we make less funny, cheaper, uglier, poorly animated cartoons and we educate our audience that this is modern, this is cool. So cheap, crappy and ugly is now perceived as stylish. Mediocrity rules and reproduces with an incredible persistence.

I can't see a way out of this.

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