Thursday, January 31, 2013

Observations on Art 1.31

It was said that Pixar had killed traditional animation with its computer generated imagery. This simple fact was proved when Disney bought Pixar in a deal that made Steve Jobs Disney's largest shareholder. But somebody forgot to tell traditional animators that there art was dead.

Paperman mixes traditional and computer animation using a new software called Meander which was developed by Disney software engineer Brian Whited. While still 'secret' Meander allows CGI animation to be finished with traditional drawings to add detail. The process gives the finished film the look and feel of drawing but the stability and smoothness of computer generation. Paperman director John Kahrs said "There is something so primal and expressive about drawing, and our hope was to get it back into the CG animation process."

The short was first shown at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival in June and is nominated for the Best Animated Short Film in next month's Academy Awards. Disney released it to all on Tuesday.

It's pretty damn awesome.

Uploaded on Jan 29, 2013