I thought I take some time to conclude this blog with some speculation. After some speculation, I thought I try my best to look at where animation currently is and where it could potentially end up by the time I graduate college. I believe we are in the age of the “live action” remake. If you’re wondering why I put live action in quotes, that’s because these films are becoming more animation than live action.
Let’s take a look at an example from the recent “live action” Beauty and the Beast remake. For those who have seen the film, you probably know where I’m going with this. Yes, Belle, Gaston, Maurice, and LeFou are played by actual actors in costume. I will make the argument that the film does feature live action performances heavily enough to where the term “live action remake” does hold some weight. Where this argument falls flat is when you introduce the talking candlestick, clock, and feather duster.
Animation has become a tool in the toolbox needed to make a film. Filmmakers such as Jon Favreau use CGI animation extensively in their recent work to create a completely animated world from live action performance. Favreau is currently in production of a “live action” remake of The Lion King, a film featuring exclusively talking animals. By using motion capture and green screen, Favreau is capable of creating a lifelike environment by using crafty CGI animation.
We as an audience underestimate animation as a visual medium. Next time you sit in a theatre with a bag of popcorn in one hand, and a six dollar soda in the other, look at the screen and try to see what is animation. I’ll bet you anything in the world, you can’t.