Thursday, September 20, 2018

Animated Repurposing, the Horror!

Every few years, an article crops up on the intertubes that goes like this:

So many plots have similarities, why can't scenes have them too? From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, many movies are on this list here which have the same scenes. Hey, don't get me wrong. I'm a huge fan of Disney. But when I noticed these differences, I was quite amazed. Not only they cheated and copied some scenes, but they got away with it! Such a cost-efficient and convenient way. ...


Thirty-seven years ago, a Disney veteran told me: "Woolie [Reitherman} has repurposed animation for YEARS. We've used stuff from Bambi, Snow White, Pinocchio and a bunch of others. Whatever we could make work."

YouTube is replete with examles of this, and it went on straight into the Katzenberg era. Why create something from scratch when you can pull animation out of the Animation Research Library?

The era of do-over animation has come to an end in the age of CGI. Now computers can aid and abet creators, so who needs drawings from half-a-century ago? But the insatiable keeps bringing up the self-plagiarism committe by the Walt Disney Company over the course of decades.

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