Today was one of those lazy 'do nothing' days, for me. I've almost finished a commission (see the small wip below) but otherwise I've been playing Defense Grid: The Awakening, all day. A year ago I didn't even know what a 'tower defense' game was.
This Potato Pack was absolutely worth the money for the amount of time I've wasted on its games.
I didn't really have a topic to blog about, until I saw Owlssayhooot's blog post today. She's listing top five Disney Heroines, fair enough, but a comment she made really stood out to me.
Princess and the Frog was a film that I was not looking forward to. I thought it was silly of Disney to go back to old school style because we have all of this new, amazing technology and there is no need to try and improve on something that was always beautiful.Now, I'm taking this to mean 'why go back to 2D when we can create such stunning CGI movies now?' On a second read through, I wonder if she was actually asking why they (Disney) were trying to improve on traditional animation when it was already perfected. Because what really surprises me most of all is that she's an awesome, intelligent, reasonable girl and I just cannot fathom why anybody would think this way about... anything really. She did go on to say that the film was fantastic and she walked out with tears streaming, but that doesn't change the fact that she was down on it, if my initial reaction is correct, because, heaven forbid, Disney went back to its roots.
Just because technology is moving forward does not necessarily negate its origins. That's like claiming we've absolutely no need for books now the Kindle has come along*, or that we can do away with print now the internet is so prevalent. Should all films be 3D now we've the technology, or are we going to at least try to remember the art of subtlety?
Why can't things run alongside each other and just be enjoyed for what they are? Why is everything in direct competition with The Next Big Thing? Of course, Disney's CGI department these days is fantastic, and Pixar cannot be beat, but thinking that that should somehow do away with traditional animation in favour of CGI is so horribly tunnel minded, and no different in my mind to somebody claiming books are redundant thanks to video games and movies. The medium is different, so what? It doesn't make it 'old' or 'dated', it makes it something different. I'm really surprised if people (and I mean rational, adult people, because understandably children are going to want the cool 3D effects) do look down on something like The Princess and the Frog (or indeed, Fantastic Mr. Fox, or Corpse Bride, or anything straying from the Pixar/Disney CGI/Dreamworks 'norm'). I mean, jeeze. How narrow minded can you get?