Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Changing styles, changing times

Imagine if the Merrie Melodies short "One Froggy Evening" were created by today's animation production system. It's very possible that it would turn out very differently, as one blogger speculates via a series of hypothetical notes that might come back from a review session with today's content critics.

What do you think? Do you think that the creation of such a film today is likely to generate that kind of response...that kind of over-analyzation of details that, in the end, really don't matter because it's all fantasy?

At some level, I feel that we are excessively critical with some of the things we create in the name of entertainment. Even in the realm of animation, we don't always allow ourselves to let go and let loose, to just let certain things be nonsensical and come out of left field. Why not?

Think about this: if that film were made as a live-action story (with a CG frog, naturally), matching the appropriate details of the animated version as closely as possible, how would we feel about it? Would we be as willing to accept the presented absurdities and disregard certain glossed-over details like we do with the animated presentation?

I don't know that there are any firm answers, but I've got some thoughts. It's late, though, and I need my beauty sleep (yeah, it's done me much good so far!). More postulating to come later...

1 comment:

Randy said...

Dude, that was some funny and yet, exactly spot-on kind of stuff.

I really feel we're too critical sometimes about what we do creatively, and by doing so we suck a lot of the fun out of it.

Thanks for posting!