Sunday, March 27, 2016


American animation creative standards have come full circle and degenerated from there. In the 1940s-50s, a certain locked in method was enforced because it was commercial, not because it was a creative decision. Even the artists themselves were tired of it, resulting in self parodies and occasional graphic experimentations. In the 1950s, things loosened up a little, and the 1970s brought a freedom of styles and channels of distribution (not talking about TV animation, which only got worse). Then, in the 1980s came Bluth and the "rebirth" of Disney. And now, 30 years since, many of the young devotees and artists insist on the old lockstep of the 1940s. Even now when there are no Fred Quimbys to answer to, they don't *want* to be free.

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