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A word about the state of 2D

Journal Entry: Sun Apr 14, 2013, 10:44 AM
After hearing about Disney gutting their 2D theatrical animation department, I think I've finally realised something. 2D isn't dying everywhere it's only dying in the North America's Theatrical movies. 2D is pretty much everywhere else in the world. Japan is still putting out several 2D TV shows and theatrical films, 2D is still big in TV animation (Even more bigger than CGI, since 2D is easier to achieve on a TV budget), and it's huge on the internet, serval shorts while made in adobe flash still use the frame by frame techniques of classic 2D animation. And it is possible for independent studios to make 2D animated films, recently the web series Dick Figures started a Kickstarter and managed to get enough money to produce a movie based on the series, in fact I think they're getting close to finishing it now. So in conclusion 2D is only dying when it comes to theatrical animation in North America, it's alive and well everywhere else and if we want to bring it back to North Amercian theatrical animation, we need to do it ourselves. Maybe if the animators on the internet worked hard on bringing back 2D the major studios will take notice and bring it back themselves, only time will tell. Well that's all I have to say for now.

Stay Toony my friends.

  • Listening to: Ren and Stimpy: Radio Daze
  • Reading: Happy Happy Clover Volume 5
  • Watching: My Little Pony: Frienship is Magic
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Aros2 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I love a good 3D film, but 2D is worthy of keeping around, as none of this would have existed without it. Plus, it holds as a good medium for every other sort of art form there is out there, some that just can't properly fit in 3D. Ex: Jimmy Neutron characters looked AMAZING in 2D, while Fairly Odd Parents looked FREAKING SCARY in 3D (seriously, those mouths should be arrested for being way too close to their ears and threatening to tear apart their heads in half)!
HeadGrindingAction Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's not going away, like why would someone kill a whole dimension
ToonEGuy Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
See, I know when people say that 2D is still alive on television that's supposed to make us feel better, but in my case it doesn't since I feel like most TV animation isn't as good as it once was, and Flash animated cartoons like My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic haven't done anything to really help matters for me. For me it's felt more like 2D animation on TV now is quite often reduced to cheap, simplistic looking Flash cartoons, while the "true" quality of 2D theatrical animation is all but abandoned in theaters now because of CGI.

I still remember a time growing up back in the 90's when we not only still had hand drawn features from people like Disney, but also TV shows such as Gargoyles, Batman: TAS, and Animaniacs that I think are more enjoyable to watch because of how they were made back then.

Just my two cents.
LateNightTelevision Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
I think you would be interested in a comment made by the creator of the wonderful Secret of Kells. His view is that it's actually good for 2-D animation to no longer be the norm, because when a 2-D animation is made it is more likely to be an artistic choice and to take real advantage of the medium (like Secret of Kells did.) Can't find the link to the interview right now but I'll get it up here later.
andrewk Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
"2D isn't dying everywhere it's only dying in the North America's Theatrical movies."

Oh well that's a relief! It's a great thing that I do not ever live in North America! >: >: >:
jazo123 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love 2D animated movies! Not that I don't love 3D movies or anything, but I guess everyone just thinks 3D animated movies are gaining more popularity in the animated theatrical department right now. I just hope 2D doesn't die out too early!
Talley212 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
wow u know a lot on this subject
Joseph1357 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
To quote that same person: "I'm still optimistic we'll see more hand-drawn animation at Disney. Remember when Home on the Range was "the last one, we're not doing anymore"? I'm still waiting for a statement from Mr Lasseter. He has been incredibly quiet these last number of months", "Maybe it's just the optimist in me, but I just find it hard to believe that somebody who studied hand-drawn animation (and taught by the Nine Old Men at CalArts, no less), won two Student Academy Awards for hand-drawn animated shorts, was heavily involved in helping distribute Studio Ghibli's films in North America, whose favourite movie is Dumbo and who began his career on The Fox and the Hound (working alongside Glen Keane) and Mickey's Christmas Carol would want to end hand-drawn animation", "I think it's more Bob Iger and his team of shareholders who are less interested in hand-drawn animation. Lasseter only has so much say in what films are greenlit. In a billion dollar corporation, one single person, no matter his position, doesn't have quite enough power as a whole group of people with opposing views", "You know, I just realised Lasseter hasn't done an interview about the going-ons in the hat building in years. In fact, for somebody who runs two major animation studios and is heavily involved in the Disney Parks, he's been awfully quiet lately".
Joseph1357 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
To quote a friend of mine, "A different, more optimistic take on the recent Disney layoffs by somebody close to the industry: [link]".
PierreAndAndre Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Such a shame it's dying here. I personally prefer 2D animation. I really hope it makes a comeback. Not that I have anything against 3D. I like 3D for what it is. But I believe one form of art should never be replaced with another. 2D has its own form of magic that 3D doesn't and vice versa.
HewyToonmore Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
I hope Bob Iger's replaced by someone who loves 2d animation.
Cierrakahana Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
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