Who doesn’t love animated movies? I know I do. Animated movies were a big part of my childhood. My sister and I would sit around all day watching them. Being the younger sibling, I was usually forced to watch; The Little Mermaid and The Beauty and The Beast. I mean they are not great movies, but I wouldn’t say that I dislike them. That’s because after the 2nd time watching you had all the songs memorized.
When The Lion King came out in 1994. The animation used in that movie was excellent for its time. The production of The Lion King occurred at the same time as Pocahontas. (Pocahontas came out in 1995.) Most of Disneys designers chose to work on Pocahontas over that of The Lion King. Don Hahn the producer of The Lion King had to say this about his movie, “The Lion King was considered a little movie because we were going to take some risks. The pitch for the story was a lion cub gets framed for murder by his uncle set to the music of Elton John. People said, ‘What? Good luck with that.” Well, I think we all know which movie turned out the best. (The Lion King) That’s why it is still one of the best movies today.
In the new movie Spider-Man Into The Spiderverse, the designers said they had to learn new ways to animate. This is because the animation in the movie is so different. They made it almost as if you were watching a comic book. Already having won awards for its different art style. Patrick O’Keefe, one of the two directors for this film described the animation as “Appreciation of the printed comic book form itself, the graphic simplification of animation, and admiration of live-action cinematography. And then, stretching the boundaries of the design as far as possible without breaking the whole thing.” Well, I guess that’s one way to put it. With the great graphic design used on Into The Spiderverse, I believe it will be one of the best movies of 2018.
The animation in movies has gone through a change over time. To see the evolution of it was pretty cool. Now its crazy to see some of the things people are animating. This just goes to show you how the design industry is evolving. I don’t think animated movies are going away anytime soon.