Brad Bird Contemplates Return to 2D

by Amanda Cancelmo

With the CG Animation nearly completing its takeover of the Animation Industry, with even Disney’s last feature Animated film being ‘Winnie The Pooh’ back in 2011, is there anything that can rekindle the interest in the tradition hand drawn experience once again? Oh, there is.

Brad Bird, director of the beloved animated feature ‘Incredibles’ and ‘The Iron Giant’ released a nice big hint on The Bancroft Brothers Animation Podcast yesterday about returning again to the world of Hand-drawn Animation.

I’m trying not to wig out here.

“A lot of the projects that I want to do beyond ‘Incredibles 2’ are both live-action and animation, and I would love to do another hand-drawn thing.

As wonderful as CG is and can be, and I really enjoy it, and I enjoy being able to move the camera, and I enjoy the control over lighting, and really tiny movement that you have in computer generated stuff, there’s an itch that is not scratched that only hand-drawn can really scratch in me.

There’s a sense of wonder that’s very specific to me about hand-drawn animation where it kind of announces its artificiality at every moment, and yet, if you do it right, you can make people disappear into that world just as well as you can into CG. I miss that, and I would love to do somewhere down the line, to return to a hand-drawn film.”

As long as Bird’s passion remains in the Industry, there should be hope. Until then, we just have to keep holding on for the next Studio Ghibli film or see when the next Celtic Classic from Cartoon Saloon springs up.

Via Cartoon Brew


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