Hand Drawn Animation: A dying art formPosted: May 11, 2013
This week, I watched the documentary “The Pixar Story,” and was inspired to write this post about traditional cartoon animation, a dying art form.
^ “Paperman,” by John Kahrs and Walt Disney Animation Studios is a recent short animation that won an Oscar this year. It is a new type of animation that combines the charm of traditional hand-drawn animation and the modernity computer animation.
I grew up watching the classic Disney movies and Cartoon Network. The Road Runner was my favorite, followed by Tom and Jerry, and Snow White was my favorite Disney Princess. All animated. What do you see now-a-days when you go to a kids movie? Some computer-animated cartoon. What happened to traditional cartoon animation? Money.
Traditional cartoon animation takes a team of professional clean-up artists, painters, directors, background artists and film/crew. Not mention it takes about twice as long, because every drawing/painting needs to be hand drawn as individual frames. So because many studio’s now have the option of computerized animation why not use it?
Tick-tock, the time is kicking, and looks like Universal came out with another cartoon computer animated film that made billions at the box office and Pixar is still working on a traditionally animated cartoon that will probably make half the gross of a CGI animation. So yes, you need a big piggy bank inorder to produce a traditionally animated film.
According to The Guardian, two recent hand-drawn movies, The Princess Frog and Winnie the Pooh, together grossed about $300 million dollars.But that was nothing compared to the CGI movie’s, Bolt and Tangled which together grossed about $500 million.
But while Disney announced this year that they are turning away from hand-drawn animation, lets hope that artist’s will keep the art-form alive, even if it’s not for the big screen.
BUT WAIT! How is it done?
It is like clay-animation. You take a series of hand drawings and you string them together fast.
Kind of like a flip book, except my flip books were stick figures.