When the pencil is mightier than the pixel - Quietly questioning 'the Croods' production choices...

When the pencil is mightier than the pixel  - Quietly questioning 'the Croods' production choices...

I haven't yet seen the Croods, but my four year old's pester power means a trip to the cinema is inevitable this Easter. When I saw the first trailer a number of months ago, however I was left a little cold and felt little compulsion to make the effort to see it. It seemed rather predictable, not particularly lovable characters and no real 'hooks' to grab me. I did change my mind completely a few weeks later when Chris Sanders started releasing his story boards for the Croods. They are nothing short of stunning. 

Sanders is best known as the creator of Disney's Lilo and Stitch, and any production that boasts his magic touch immediately arouses my interest. I was knocked over when I saw the story boards for the Croods though, they are a thing of beauty. The simplicty, the movement. the charm, the character, all just perfect. If the movie can capture any of that at all it will be something special.

But here is the question... can such subtlety and curvilinear beauty really be captured in CG, or will it always be a poor cousin of 2D artistry? I suppose I will find out over Easter, but I must say, having loved the story boards so much, I wonder at the production choices made to make the Croods a CG feature and not a 2D animated one. That isn't to say there aren't some wonderful CG animated features, but personally I would love to see Chris Sanders' work come to life in the way only 2D animations can. I must be in a minority here I guess, or there would be more 2D animation in production...

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