This is really bothering me. After being so utterly horrifed by the piss-poor quality of the “pre-viz” and noting MyFault’s statement that “The previz actually looked a little bit better then the final show.” I did some more digging to find out how it’s possible that these people managed to create this plague for the eyes. Honestly, I didn’t think it was possible for a human being to create something so frighteningly bad, and want to show it to the public (or his cat for that matter).
Anyhoo, I was reading throughn the bios of the creators of this atrocity (go to Cast>Credits), and this is what I discovered about one of the “producers” named Colin Slater.
[B]"He had made a series of animation film in the old fashioned way, where 150 artists worked for two years painting cels. By 1995 he developed a system for doing animation very quickly on the computer. He had been familiar with computers since he bought his first one back in 1978. Today that system has progressed to be a lot cleaner and smoother.
At the heart of the system is a 'bank" of 4,000 pre-programmed stock moves which include seven different walk cycles, 12 dance steps and many different facial expressions. For Believe in Santa, he and his crew are developing custom motions and actions. Five seconds of screen time takes 20 minutes to finish. Regular computer animators would take several hours to complete the same work."[/B]
Ok, terrific. They blasted through an hour’s worth of animation in roughly 10 days. Great job guys.
The more I learn about this show, the more I’m starting to feel like I’m trapped in a bad episode of the Twilight Zone. God help us all if this stuff gets any ratings.