Why Vintage Animation and Not the New 3D World?

May 23, 2006 · Filed Under Animation Rants 

The guys at Darling Dimples are asked this question continuously. With Maya you can do this and with Maya you can do that. Take the Dimple challenge. Watch 30 minutes of your favorite 3D animated cartoon and then watch 30 minutes of good traditional 2D animation or even the splendid claymation of Wallace and Gromit. How did you feel after watching these flavors of animation? The guys at Darling Dimples found the perfect quote to describe how they feel in an article about Barry Purves who is THE master of puppet animation: “…Purves’s puppets have a breadth and depth that sets them apart from most work in this field and far indeed from the flashy but frigid creations of most computer animation.” The key descriptive phrase is “flashy but frigid creations”. The dimpled boys here believe this is true of 99% of 3D animated cartoons. They have the feel of a dead plastic toy. You can only marvel at the technology for so long before you yearn for good acting and a good story.

From the Puppet Animation of Barry Purves



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