Mr. Mick Lasalle, film critic from San Francisco Chronicle has published a shameless review on the film Monster House in which he’s literaly mocked traditional animation and keyframe animation comparing it to motion-capture,
“…There was never any point to a close-up in an animated film – there was never really anything to see. But with the motion-capture process, real actors give their performances with computer sensors attached to their face and body, and that recorded information becomes the template for the computer animation.”
“…Imagine what Disney might have done with this in the creation of the Seven Dwarfs. Imagine all the things that will be done with this in the future. “Monster House” looks like the ground floor of something important.”
you can find the review at this link
As Amid Amidi writes in CartoonBrew.com there’s one thing to praise a new technology for it’s achievements but it’s another thing to ignorantly belittle 100 years of animation and all the masters who have devoted their life to making animated films that we all love and grew up with.
There’s already been a huge wave of response from the industry professional, but if you feel like me and if you think Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston and the nine old men’s work shouldn’t openly get belittled and dismissed like this, maybe you’d like to email this guy or SF Chronicle and let them know what you think.
Jenny Lerew, storyboard artist, dreamworks, writes in response to Mr. Lasalle review:
Thad Komorowsk’s response to Mr. Lasalle:
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**Edit: Jaime J. Weinman response to Mick Lasalle:
***Edit: Jeff Pidgeon, Story Artist, Pixar, writes in response to the above mentioned review:
**** Edit: Jeff Pidgeon writes to Mick Lasalle about his review: