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Desc:Why paint a realistic picture when you can just take a picture of it?
Category:Arts, Educational
Tags:Dragons Lair, CGI, don bluth, Realism
Submitted:Macho Nacho
Date:03/16/11
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Billie_Joe_Buttfuck
Don Bluth is a fucking treasure.
Prickly Pete
His hand looks like the bad guy in Comix Zone
Spit Spingola
I generally agree with the premise, but Rango's better than anything Bluth has ever done in many ways. It's not realistic, just detailed. I was kind of surprised he mentioned it and not some mo-cap movie or something. Bluth's stuff is technically very good but I've always found them stylistically not as appealing as some other peoples' animation.
Spit Spingola
http://www.thegremlin.com/Website%20Images/SB/16133sb.jpg

Then again how the hell did people think Toy Story was better than this?

cognitivedissonance
His flaws outweigh any positives about him, the sole positive being his defensive stance against the Ron Miller regime at Disney in the late 70s.

His movies, however, seem to emphasize the color brown. So damn much brown. Everything looks like it's fingerpainted with shit.

Xenocide
Rango was a surprisingly excellent film. The Secret of NIMH is better, though.

Bluth basically had two and a half good movies in him (An American Tale kind of starts phoning it in halfway through) which is more than most people have. But he really should have just hung it up after about 1989, because I can't think of another director whose work went from great to awful so quickly.

cognitivedissonance
Much like Harlan Ellison, anybody who comes to Don Bluth looking for advice on how to be an artist will quickly find themselves realizing that even the most rudimentary of novices has far more credibility and respect than the 5 decades of experience both bring to the table.
Valkor
Don Bluth is incapable of making a cartoon where anything is happy or cheerful. I mean he tries but the result is always sickly. Like he saw Who Framed Roger Rabbit and didn't realize that the toonland was a horrifying place.
Caminante Nocturno
He's also very fond of crying children, and puts them in most of his movies.

Xenocide
Don Bluth insists that the only way to get that really special shade of red for Fievel's shirt is to use the blood of a puppy. A puppy who thought he could trust you.

chumbucket
agreed that realism as a "goal" in animation seems kind of silly but I'm pretty sure that not what most CGI films are going for
Syd Midnight
Remember when Rat Porn Lady tried to sic Don Bluth on PoE? IIRC he sent us a brief message expressing his sincere desire to remain uninvolved in her LAWSUITE, and also his sympathies to PoE for us having to deal with her.
cognitivedissonance
That was my first exposure to POE, and thank you.

codehappy
My opinion of Don Bluth went up a lot that day.

I like this video, too.

tenten
In art school they hammered into our heads that the only photographs we should ever draw from were ones we took ourselves. No matter how much your finished work varied from the source materiel, a bit of the reference showed through. If you were taking from a published photo, you were taking from someone else's artwork, therefore possibly plagiarizing and opening yourself up to legal action. I'm pretty sure they just wanted to protect the school from getting sued, but it sure filtered out all the no-talent, put-the-tuition-on-daddy's-credit-card, I-only-draw-anime-characters scumbags.
Jet Bin Fever
I agree with him. I think people respond a lot more positively and with a stronger emotional reaction to films with a distinct visual style over these realistic and yet unrealistic films we've been subjecting ourselves to since the rise of CGI. However, there's certainly a place for both, and I think every option should be available these days. The problem isn't really the style anyway with these films, it's the content.

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