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The E.A.R.: My Thoughts on The Oscars Best Animated Feature Category

 

I have managed to watch most of the animated films in the running for Best Animated Feature. I say “most” because one of them unfortunately is a foreign language film (Mirai) which despite my best efforts is extremely difficult to find legally, and via not so legal means. Anyways, let’s go through the films.

The Incredibles 2: This is pretty much everything a sequel should be. It jumps right to where the prior left off with no ridiculous time jumps or needless exposition for the sake of introducing a new audience. Incredibles 2 was made from the ground up for those who watched the original almost 15 years ago. Incredibles 2 does a pretty stellar job of building off of the original and really expanding the universe, all while leaving room for a third. Hopefully I won’t have to wait 15 more years for it.

Ralph Wrecks The Internet: This was the weakest of the bunch in my opinion. The first Wreck-It Ralph even with the video game Easter Eggs was something fresh, and something new. Wreck-It Ralph was a celebration of arcade gaming, and had a very thrilling story. The second movie unfortunately falls victim to a problem that exists in movies these days. Ralph Wrecks the Internet is the type of movie that introduces a new gimmick and relies heavily on it to carry the entire movie. The movie is a giant commentary on the current internet culture. It’s funny on the onset, but sadly it’s the only thing the movie has going for it. The joke gets old real fast, and the movie lacks anything good to offer beyond that. It was okay, but it fell really flat.

Isle of Dogs: I have a soft spot in my heart for stop action movies. I had high hopes for this movie. It was solid, but it had the potential to be more. It was a good movie, but I expected a hard hitting movie emotionally.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse This movie was an absolute treat. Into the Spiderverse is a celebration of the Spider-Man universe and just a overall really fun movie to watch. The only I gripe I had was that it ended too soon. We need more of these movies.

With all of this being said, the winner for me is between Incredibles 2, and Into the Spiderverse. Incredibles 2 is a fantastic sequel, but Into the Spiderverse is a love letter to Spider-Man. I’d have to go with Into the Spiderverse, because it feels so fresh, and fun. I feel like Incredibles 2 will win solely on the merit that it is a Disney movie, and those usually win at the Oscars.

 

Flemmings Beaubrun is an avid gamer and lover of music. When not working, Flemmings likes to spend his time whipping up dank beats for the masses. He also spends his weekends thrift shopping for rare video games and obscure electronics. Other times he’s in front of a TV with a giant bowl of cereal enjoying shows from the 90s.

 

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The E.A.R.: Animate Your Life

 

tl’dr: THEY’RE BOTH ANIMATED FILMS!!!!!!!!

I’ve been seeing this debate play out on the internet as to whether the Lion King remake is animated, live action, or CGI. The good news is that a lot of you are partially right. The bad news is that you’re also partially wrong. BOTH versions of The Lion King are animated; the difference is in the techniques used to animate the two films.

The original Lion King we all know and love employs the timeless technique known as 2D hand drawn animation. Here, several artists meticulously hand draw each frame individually. Once drawn, all those frames are colored, thrown on a computer, and rendered in real time with post processing effects like color correction, etc. At some point, animators moved to doing the process entirely on a computer. The 2D stills are hand drawn, and rendered on the same workstation.

The new Lion King movie utilizes what we know today as CGI. CGI (Computer Generated Graphics) is a form of animation that utilizes objects in a 3D space. Objects such as humans, animals, etc are built, or sculpted utilizing polygons. The most notable early example of this is Toy Story. Objects are animated via the use of wire frames, or human/animal motion capture. Those animation skeletons are merged with the said 3D objects to give life to the various characters.

Now, you’re probably wondering why they look so real. Well, every 3D object is given what is called a texture using texture mapping, technique where a 3D object is translated into a 2D still with different angles for painting in a program like Photoshop. This texture is what gives a 3D mold its character. One example is if we sculpted a teacup, or built it from polygons. A texture map could be that reflective white shine/glare that make a glass cup believable. If we made a pair of pants, a texture may be drawn to imitate the stitching on a pair of pants.

Due to the ever increasing power of computers, texture mapping has come far enough where we can make those textures look so real that very few people can tell the difference between a real lion and a computer animated one. Now, many people bring up the 2016 Jungle Book as an example in this argument. The Jungle Book is a mix of the two. It is primarily a live action film that utilizes CGI for the animals, and post effects processing. The new Aladdin5 film will also be a live action film. Much like Beauty and the Beast, it uses real actors alongside CGI effects. Because of the merger of the two in prior remakes followed by the fact that people can’t differentiate real from CGI, widespread confusion has evolved into heated internet debates.

Though the techniques are different, these two movies are both animated films.

Yours Truly,
A holder of a Bachelor of Arts in Interactive Media

 

Flemmings Beaubrun is an avid gamer and lover of music. When not working, Flemmings likes to spend his time whipping up dank beats for the masses. He also spends his weekends thrift shopping for rare video games and obscure electronics. Other times he’s in front of a TV with a giant bowl of cereal enjoying shows from the 90s.

 

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Dreams in animation in subway stations and bridges

If I could remember all my dreams night after night, if I had a filter that would suck these thoughts out of my brain and onto a database, or something, man I would be rich. I have unusual dreams, once I had a full fledge Simpsons dream, I wrote a poem about it the next day. It was a half hour long, and it was animated. Amazing.

Lately I have been dreaming about work alot. Mostly work setttings, with waterslides added, or a crumbling bridge that leads to New York City, its always through Worcester, and then for some reason this bridge becomes unreachable, i never quite get over it.

Sometimes, i have a dream about a haunted house, its not scary anymore, I m pretty sure, it has to do with the picture of the old woman in myhouse. Other times I have dreams about a train station, and I am always late.

Today I slept in late, maybe too late.

Dreams, if I could remember them, like I remember you
would last forever in my memory….

just another jagged thought by jason.