Stylized CG animation will define the 2020s – The Bradley Scout

Computer-generated animation technology hasn’t been around for very long, only becoming commonplace in the late 90s and early 2000s with the rise of Pixar and its main competitor, DreamWorks. Animation.

Over the years, Pixar and DreamWorks, along with other CG animation studios, have evolved their craft with the advent of the ever-increasing technological scale of the 2000s and 2010s. Technological advancements are still in progress, it’s gotten to the point where the animation has lost its luster compared to previous films that boasted the same accomplishments.

However, the late 2010s sparked the rise of what could be the next shift in how we watch big Hollywood animated movies. Major animation studios have focused on individualized and experimental stylized animation which varies from film to film.

The first step in this change came with films aiming to be as faithful as possible to recreating the style of their source material in 3D space, even if the original work was not intended to be viewed in 3D. The result was a style that combined 2D style and 3D animation, as seen in films such as “The Peanuts Movie” and “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie”.

However, the film that really opened the floodgates for this stylized approach in terms of profitability and critical and financial success was 2018’s “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”. This film showed the world just how much you could do more with CG animation, with a unique and highly detailed animation style that stood out from studio CG animation trends. It also helps that the film’s $90 million budget is only half of the major CG animated films of the same year (“The Incredibles 2” had a $200 million budget and “Ralph Breaks the Internet” was $175 million).

This brings us to today, where more and more studios are choosing to experiment with their animation styles to create distinctive CG visuals on screen, expanding on past style recreations and creating original styles. “I Lost My Body” and “The Mitchells vs. The Machines” are just a few of the movies we need to show for it, and even Pixar and DreamWorks have been experimenting with their animation styles, producing movies like “Turning Red ” and the new – released “The Villains”.

The future shows that this wave of stylized CG animation is just beginning, and with movies like “Puss in Boots 2,” “Nimona,” and the sequels to “Into the Spider-Verse” on the radar, this new animation won’t be leaving anytime soon.

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