Wednesday, April 08, 2009

CG Weiners and Lips

It all makes sense now.



Thanks to Becky for alerting me to this great movie.

33 comments:

Joseff!!1 said...

holy shit, those are some weird ugly mouths, I pressume the queer eye folks were the art directors.

BTW, Awesome Posts about the shorts programs, really starting to make some projects of my own, thanks for the inspirato John.

Josh "Just What the Doctor Ordered" Heisie said...

Y'know, when I was about five, I really liked Inspector Gadget. But I'm sure even then I would've puked at this.

Brandon Waltman said...

thats the sexiest thing i've ever seen

Ty Carter said...

ha! this is great, thanks for sharing

Cody Clarke said...

God, that's ugly. CG like that just gives me the creeps.

Frankie said...

A bit unrelated, but here's some character design stuff from a guy who worked on Inspector Gadget at Nelvana in the 80s:
http://www.brianlemay.com/Pages/madagentsindex.html

Oscar Baechler said...

I love how Brain's all "I'm a good dog, tee hee," but you so know that's not true.

Shawn said...

Will anyone ever make another 2D movie again??? EVER?????

CrazyHarmke said...

looks more like porn than a kids movie...

Isaac said...

It's easy to pick on cheap crap. What's alarming is that the expensive crap is not much better. The acting is very good, though.

Isaac said...

Voice acting that is, not animated acting.

Simon said...

Whoa. A well-animated limited animation Flash movie would probably look and feel better than that.

Mitch L said...

Man this is one off the first things I have seen today... That's not a good start... Those theet from that last guy. Painly!

Is this a cinema movie? Hope not.

scrr said...

Some pretty awful Euro-3D animation here:
http://suskeenwiske.ophetwww.net/film/animatie/de_texasrakkers/index.html?intro.html

Based on a long-running line of Belgian comic books, which is locally very popular but is definitely 'quantity over quality'.

Reminds me that there were cartoons made of them before, in the 80s
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WffGymOZntc&feature=related

A puppet show (!) in the '70ties
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3m5CaDG0bRg&feature=related

and a couple of years ago a live action film:
http://www.filmtotaal.nl/images/nfd/uploads/a62543e.jpg

Talking about off-model!

oceanlace said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1qPKenmRTY

No CG will ever be as good as Sid the Science Kid. I believe Sid has some form of Down Syndrome but it's never been confirmed.

Ian Andersen said...

That reminds me of This sign. Maybe the inbetweening was sent over seas to the Czechs?

Martin Juneau said...

"Is this a cinema movie? Hope not."

No. It's a DTV movie. But honnestly, i freaky use to love it and watch it each time it's in air. Even if the stocking music and the characters designs is ugly as hell.

Rick Roberts said...

ARGHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!

Colter said...

Deeeep throaaat..

Luke S. said...

So now we all post abhorrently bad CG? Awesome. I don't know if anyone can outdo this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uy3Fb51GfdE

Yes, this is a real show. I researched it.

-jjmm- said...

every mouth is an asshole

Oliver_A said...

Bland DIC character designs rendered with photorealistic shading just doesn't quite cut it... Does no one in charge actually LOOK AT what they produce?

Roberto González said...

>>Will anyone ever make another 2D movie again??? EVER?????>>

They made some of those in France and other countries: Persepolis, Vals with Bashir...there is a movie about the comic book character Lucky Luke that looks quite nice but I haven't had the chance to check out yet.

There was also The Simpsons Movie.

Not to mention Disney's Princess and The Frog or anime in general (I'm not a fan of anime, but I moderately enjoy Miyazaki's work).

Yeah, it's not like there's a lot of it, but you can't kill 2d.

If Disney has some sort of success with their movie we'll probably see more of that. Let's hope so.

I'm not crazy about princess stories but at this point I'll watch anything if it's 2d.

Kyle said...

"It's easy to pick on cheap crap. What's alarming is that the expensive crap is not much better."

This blog is one of the few places Ive seen the Pixar hate bandwagon pop up. There's nothing wrong with that Wall-e clip you posted. I'm sure you'll find others to agree with you, but you guys are in the minority.

Rick Roberts said...

I have no hope for animation in the main stream, CGI or 2D.

Isaac said...

Hi Kyle. First thing, you're right, on two counts.

"There's nothing wrong with that Wall-e clip you posted. [...] you guys are in the minority."

Both of these statements are right. That Wall-E clip is very well done. On top of that, millions of people enjoy that film, and Pixar's work in general.

I'm not on a "Pixar hate bandwagon". Pixar's work is excellent, even though I don't happen to enjoy it. I can tell you I don't enjoy a lot of John K's work either, but for different reasons.

What I meant to say was: The Inspector Gadget clip is ugly for its own sake; the Wall-E clip represents the ideas that spawned it. I was saying that the people who made the Gadget clip were misguided followers of the people who made the Wall-E clip.

A few of "the ideas" I refer to are emulating babies and puppies [Wall-E's design and behavior] and predefined facial cues [the captain's acting]. You might ask yourself, "is that so wrong?", and you'd probably answer "no", but I don't like it.

To its merit, the captain does have at least one original expression in that clip.

Roberto González said...

It depends of the movie. There are some CGI movies I enjoy more than others. I think "Up" looks better than "Wall-E" already.

Even though most people here talk mostly about the art, I moderately enjoy some movies with crappy visuals when I like the concepts, but "Wall-E" did very little for me in that department too. I'd concede it's not a bad movie, but I fail to see what makes it SO great either. I think a lot of other Pixar movies, especially "Monsters Inc." and "The Incredibles", are funnier and more emotional than "Wall-E" which has been over-praised. "Wall-E" works quite well during the first twenty minutes, then not so much.

Like I said before I also enjoyed Dreamworks' "Kung Fu Panda", but I still wished that they had made all the movie in 2D, like the opening sequence.

But probably the most enjoyable long features are those of Henry Selick and some Aardman ones. Not all of them, I actually found "Chicken Run" to be pretty disappointing, but "Curse Of The Wererabbit" and even "Flushed Away" were funny movies that didn't overuse the pop culture gags or the Disney messages and were more concentrated in the gags and the characters.

But those are not 2D.

Kuzey said...

Hi John, I just saw this and think you might like it as well:

http://www.lucianopalladino.com/giftfromthesky.html

Wonderful result for someone just experimenting and having fun in the process.

Chris E. said...

I used to love Inspector Gadget when I was a kid. And how can they screw it up? By CGing him and give him weird lips and creepy eyes. I don't know why, but his lips give this weird suggestive look about him.

dave said...

yeesh! that is some skeevy stuff right there. almost as bad as the cg popeye.
it seems like animation is always suffering either bad design, or bad animation, and in that example, clearly both.
isaac, i think your thoughts are on point.
for me, wall-e isnt particularly interesting to look at. bland design for a pixar film. my kid is nuts for it though. the animation on the other hand, amazing as usual.
john, your stuff has always to me been genius when it comes to design/poses/expressions, blah blah. but the animation sometimes just kills it for me. i would kill your see your work animated well! is it a cost thing?

Rick Roberts said...

I found out that the Wall-E design not only ripped off Johnny Five from Short Circuit but the story was a rip off of the Sega Genesis game, Vector Man. All they added was a hypocritical enviromental message and Disney formula.

Rick Roberts said...

One last and very obvious rip off, Auto is clearly Hal from 2001: A Space Odyssey.

RobochaoXX said...

That's really nasty.