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    Disney Beautification of CGI Technology Shows In The Coming Becoming "Rapunzel"

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    A Look At CG 3-D Technology Involved In Rapunzel.. Along With A Traditional Painted Appearance Of The Film's Background



    Rapunzel! Rapunzel! Let your gorgeous computer generated hair down...

    "Directors Glen Keane and Dean Wellins (now replaced by Directors Byron Howard and Nathan Greno) want Rapunzel to look and feel like a traditional hand-drawn animated Disney film, but in 3D. They're using a certain rendering technique that will make the surface look painted while still maintaining the depth and dimensions of 3D animation...The visual style for this film is based on French Rococo artist Jean-Honoré Fragonard's painting "The Swing." "



    Disney animation imagery technicians are inventing a whole new standard for CGI that will go a long way toward making it just as awesomely beautiful in appearance as 2-D.. if not more so. Through Disney's application of today's technology in new ways, the CG media will profoudly advance. While disney 2-D animation has remained a wonderful thing for decades.. Walt was an irrepressable tinkerer.



    Walt loved to "tinker with our bells" (so to speak) by constantly advancing.. moving from the silent animation film area through the invention of the Steamboat Willie talky. He advanced from b&w to color.. and he created the first full length animated feature movie. In addition to all of this, his studio created equipment that captured a form of depth and panning about that had never before been seen.

    It is quite noble of some dedicated Disney animated film aficionados to prefer 2-D over 3-D. Unfortunately, many appear to love 2-D so much that they want time to stand still and never transition beyond. Standing in place just wasn't Walt's way, and thank goodness the Pixar merger seems to have resulted in a whole new animation renaissance.

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    Re: Disney Beautification of CGI Technology Shows In The Coming Becoming "Rapunzel"

    This looks great . Thanks for posting.

    With regards to hardcore fans preferring hand-drawn over 3D animation: I can't speak for anyone else, but I WANT IT ALL. Hand-drawn animation, stop motion, 3D CGI (like Pixar), realistic 3D CGI (like Avatar) 2D CGI (like Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends) painterly, hand-drawn influenced CGI (like this) and whatever else they can come up with.

    I have a special soft spot for hand-drawn because it was what I grew up with. Also, they said it was going away forever - that's why I'm so vocal in supporting it. I don't have to demand that they keep making CGI movies - because they never said they were going to stop .

    But yes, this is very interesting too. Unlike Chicken Little - which was supposed to transition Disney into the CGI age, but instead was more of a DreamWorks imitation, in both tone and visual design - this seems like it's actually pushing the boundaries of computer animation while keeping a Disney feel about it. I'll have to wait and see the results to see if they succeed, but yeah, I think Walt would approve in theory. So long as they don't throw out hand-drawn because of this - keep all options on the table .
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    Re: Disney Beautification of CGI Technology Shows In The Coming Becoming "Rapunzel"

    Thanks for posting, the animation looks really great, and it looks like cgi done right and will just as good or better than if the movie was done in 2-d animation.

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    Re: Disney Beautification of CGI Technology Shows In The Coming Becoming "Rapunzel"

    Old information from 4/08 in OP, Glen Keane and Dean Wellins left the film back in October 2008.

    'Bolt' co-director Byron Howard and Nathan Greno, director of the 'Super Rhino' short, replaced the team.

    http://micechat.com/forums/movies/10...ml#post3185198

    the most recent info on casting can be found here:
    http://micechat.com/forums/news/1235...el-2010-a.html
    http://micechat.com/forums/news/1123...el-2010-a.html
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    Re: Disney Beautification of CGI Technology Shows In The Coming Becoming "Rapunzel"

    Quote Originally Posted by ALIASd View Post
    Old information from 4/08 in OP, Glen Keane and Dean Wellins left the film back in October 2008.

    'Bolt' co-director Byron Howard and Nathan Greno, director of the 'Super Rhino' short, replaced the team.

    http://micechat.com/forums/movies/10...ml#post3185198

    the most recent info on casting can be found here:
    http://micechat.com/forums/news/1235...el-2010-a.html
    http://micechat.com/forums/news/1123...el-2010-a.html
    Thanx for the update, ALIASd. I will reflect the updated infoon the directors in the opening post.
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    Re: Disney Beautification of CGI Technology Shows In The Coming Becoming "Rapunzel"

    Quote Originally Posted by animagusurreal View Post
    This looks great . Thanks for posting.

    With regards to hardcore fans preferring hand-drawn over 3D animation: I can't speak for anyone else, but I WANT IT ALL. Hand-drawn animation, stop motion, 3D CGI (like Pixar), realistic 3D CGI (like Avatar) 2D CGI (like Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends) painterly, hand-drawn influenced CGI (like this) and whatever else they can come up with.

    I have a special soft spot for hand-drawn because it was what I grew up with. Also, they said it was going away forever - that's why I'm so vocal in supporting it. I don't have to demand that they keep making CGI movies - because they never said they were going to stop .

    But yes, this is very interesting too. Unlike Chicken Little - which was supposed to transition Disney into the CGI age, but instead was more of a DreamWorks imitation, in both tone and visual design - this seems like it's actually pushing the boundaries of computer animation while keeping a Disney feel about it. I'll have to wait and see the results to see if they succeed, but yeah, I think Walt would approve in theory. So long as they don't throw out hand-drawn because of this - keep all options on the table .
    Enhanced artistic CG seems to be poised to dominate the animated film industry.. which is an wonderful thing. Since I'm getting my way here, I really need to be more open-minded about the traditional 2-D art form. I've said before that 2-D is dead.. but that isn't being very fair to those that still have a passion for it. Lasseter was noble in getting behind Princess and the Frog big time.. Perhaps his next 2-D project will be a resounding boxoffice winner.


    Quote Originally Posted by ♥disney.princess♥ View Post
    Thanks for posting, the animation looks really great, and it looks like cgi done right and will just as good or better than if the movie was done in 2-d animation.
    Rapunzel should raise the bar for animated movies in general. Can't wait to enjoy the breakthrough visual technology the film will offer.
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