History ArtEvolution / WesternAnimation

30th Oct '16 4:48:40 PM nombretomado
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* The ''Franchise/HeroFactory'' mini-movies changed their animation studio for the episode ''Invasion from Below'' from Tinseltown Toons to Creator/GhostVFX. Although the design of the Heroes has changed throughout the specials ([[MerchandiseDriven seeing as each one had to advertise new toys]]), the style stayed consistent. But for this episode, the CGI's look became less rugged and more clean, with the Heroes receiving creepily smooth faces and human-like eyes with dark pupils in place of their glowing, robotic pupils.

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* The ''Franchise/HeroFactory'' ''Toys/HeroFactory'' mini-movies changed their animation studio for the episode ''Invasion from Below'' from Tinseltown Toons to Creator/GhostVFX. Although the design of the Heroes has changed throughout the specials ([[MerchandiseDriven seeing as each one had to advertise new toys]]), the style stayed consistent. But for this episode, the CGI's look became less rugged and more clean, with the Heroes receiving creepily smooth faces and human-like eyes with dark pupils in place of their glowing, robotic pupils.
11th Oct '16 3:17:25 AM NESBoy
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* Despite being made by the same producers behind ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', whose animation had been perfected in the course of over a decade, ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' started out looking alarmingly similar to the early days of its sister show. Fry's distorted, squished face when he says, "Michelle! Baby!" in the pilot episode is a good example. Luckily, the staff were able to get this under control in just a few episodes. Later seasons would up the artistic ante by having more detailed environments and more complex scenes, especially in the [[UnCanceled post-Fox era]] when the show switched to UsefulNotes/HighDefinition and took on more [[{{Dramedy}} serious]] [[DarkerAndEdgier situations]].

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* Despite being made by the same producers behind ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', whose animation had been perfected in the course of over a decade, ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' started out looking alarmingly similar to the early days of its sister show. [[https://morbotron.com/gif/S01E01/40222/42641/ Fry's distorted, squished face when he says, "Michelle! Baby!" in the pilot episode episode]] is a good example. Luckily, the staff were able to get this under control in just a few episodes. Later seasons would up the artistic ante by having more detailed environments and more complex scenes, especially in the [[UnCanceled post-Fox era]] when the show switched to UsefulNotes/HighDefinition and took on more [[{{Dramedy}} serious]] [[DarkerAndEdgier situations]].
20th Sep '16 10:08:36 AM TeraChimera
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** Body and head shapes have gotten much more diverse. Originally, the only real differences between ponies were their colors and their mane- and tailstyles, plus muzzle differences between mares and stallions, and ''maybe'' eye shape; every character had the same body shape. Now, there are fat ponies and thin ponies, tall ponies and short ponies, and facial differences are much more prominent. In some cases, there are even differences in the ears, particularly with Saffron Masala and Coriander Cumin in "Spice Up Your Life".
15th Sep '16 1:27:26 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead'' had developed its own refined low-key style of animation by the last few seasons. The very early episodes comparatively look like they were drawn by blind toddlers.
** In fact, creator MikeJudge hated the first season because of how bad the animation was.
** The revival looks to be even more drastic, especially when comparing their characters' designs to the rest of the universes.
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' meta-series had changed in looks between the original series and its sequels to look less cartoonish. For example, ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien Ultimate Alien]]'', which brought back the 10-year-old Ben in one episode, had slight changes in detail to him and the aliens he used.
** Zigzagged, now they have shifted 3 times. ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse Omniverse]]'''s artstyle is back to being cartoonish, but utilizes much more simple character designs and colors, creating a much more colorful and fluid show.

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* ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead'' had developed its own refined low-key style of animation by the last few seasons. The very early episodes comparatively look like they were drawn by blind toddlers.
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toddlers. In fact, creator MikeJudge hated the first season because of how bad the animation was.
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was. The revival looks to be even makes the shift more drastic, especially obvious when comparing their characters' designs to the rest of the universes.
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' meta-series had changed in looks between the original series and its sequels to look less cartoonish. For example, ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien Ultimate Alien]]'', which brought back the 10-year-old Ben in one episode, had slight changes in detail to him and the aliens he used.
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used. Zigzagged, now they have shifted 3 times. ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse Omniverse]]'''s artstyle is back to being cartoonish, but utilizes much more simple character designs and colors, creating a much more colorful and fluid show.



* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': It began with "only show people from cardinal directions", and everyone shuffled around, never moving their legs. Although the art style has remained identical, now they can show a fairly wide range of movement. What's even more surprising is the fact that they can still make them in a couple days, due to switching from trying to "animate" static paper cut-outs to actual animations on Maya, [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill one of the most powerful 3D animation programs in existence]].
** The show itself has acknowledged this a couple of times.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': It began with "only The show people features a lot of this over 20+ years. It started as an actual construction paper animation and moved to computer animation after the pilot. While the crude art and animation were originally part of its charm, over the course of its life, the show has gradually abandoned trying to replicate their original paper aesthetic, increasing the complexity and realism of its art and [[AnimationBump animation]]. Specific examples and notable lampshading include:
** The show originally only showed characters
from cardinal directions", directions, often facing front and everyone shuffled around, never bouncing up and down to walk rather than turning and moving their legs. Although In later seasons, the art style has remained identical, now is given more depth, characters are shown from more angles and more often walk normally. Some dramatic sequences will actually show comparatively complex, three-dimensional animation, such as cop cars spinning as they can show skid to a fairly wide range of movement. What's even halt.
** Later-season backgrounds are a ''lot''
more surprising is detailed, with the fact that they can buildings actually having perspective.
** Character design has become more complex. While most kids
still make them use the same basic model, there are now many more unique character designs. As for adult characters, you can easily tell which characters debuted in a couple days, due early seasons compared to switching those who showed up later. For example Officer Barbrady from trying to "animate" static paper cut-outs to actual animations on Maya, [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill one of the most powerful 3D animation programs first season is much more simple and cartoony than the detailed and realistic Officer Yates, who debuted in existence]].
season eight.
** The depiction of celebrities has evolved from crude representations to more realistic caricatures. Compare the appearance of Geraldo Rivera in the first season to his appearance in the tenth season [[http://southpark.wikia.com/wiki/Geraldo_Rivera here]].
** Whenever the
show itself has acknowledged recreates an episode from an early season, this a couple of times.trope becomes immediately apparent.



** And compare the way animals looked in season 1 to how they look in season 11, quite a difference. The animals of the earlier seasons looked very cartoony and in the later seasons they look very realistic and lifelike.
** The evolution in character designs is especially noticeable when you compare any new adult characters to old ones like Ned, Officer Barbrady, or Jimbo.
*** The depiction of celebrities has evolved from crude representations to more realistic caricatures. Compare the appearance of Geraldo Rivera in the first season to his appearance in the tenth season [[http://southpark.wikia.com/wiki/Geraldo_Rivera here]].
** The backgrounds are also a ''lot'' more detailed, with the buildings actually having perspective.
** The first few seasons involved computer animation being used to replicate the same cardboard animation used for the pilot and earlier "Spirit of Christmas" shorts. This was because using actual stop-motion cardboard techniques took far too much time to make a syndicated series out of. Eventually, the novelty of attempting the old minimalist approach wore out, and the show took its original artistic style and just ran with it, forgoing restraints. Seasons 4 and 5 showed signs of going this route ({{lampshade}}d in the "4th Grade" intro sequence), with Season 7 being a notable turning point, beginning with a "repeat" of the pilot episode's opening scene using the show's current-at-the-time rendering techniques.

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** And compare the way animals looked in season 1 to how they look in season 11, quite a difference. The animals of the earlier seasons looked very cartoony and in the later seasons they look very realistic and lifelike.
** The evolution in character designs is especially noticeable when you compare any new adult characters to old ones like Ned, Officer Barbrady, or Jimbo.
*** The depiction of celebrities has evolved from crude representations to more realistic caricatures. Compare the appearance of Geraldo Rivera in the first season to his appearance in the tenth season [[http://southpark.wikia.com/wiki/Geraldo_Rivera here]].
** The backgrounds are also a ''lot'' more detailed, with the buildings actually having perspective.
** The first few seasons involved computer animation being used to replicate the same cardboard animation used for the pilot and earlier "Spirit of Christmas" shorts. This was because using actual stop-motion cardboard techniques took far too much time to make a syndicated series out of. Eventually, the novelty of attempting the old minimalist approach wore out, and the show took its original artistic style and just ran with it, forgoing restraints. Seasons 4 and 5 showed signs of going this route ({{lampshade}}d in the "4th Grade" intro sequence), with
Season 7 being a notable turning point, beginning begins with a "repeat" of the pilot episode's opening scene using the show's current-at-the-time rendering techniques.
15th Sep '16 1:05:21 PM CaptainCrawdad
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** This also extends to the kinds of mediums used throughout the history of Western Animation as well. During the silent era, animated productions utilized a sketchbook aesthetic, consisting of solid black and white characters and environments. Then, as the Golden Age set in, the art became more complex, with each cel being specifically shaded different kinds of gray to appear similar to a live-action black and white movie. The shift to color resulted in bright, saturated palettes that resulted from the dye-transfer process used by Technicolor stock, while the switch to limited animation in the Dark Age brought on extremely simple color palettes that would save both time and money. When the medium switched to digital in the late 1990's, palettes became significantly louder and lines & shapes became conspicuously sharper. For reference, compare [[http://www.jetflicks.mobi/images/739231.jpg these]] [[http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/spongebob/images/4/49/Spongebob_Squarepants_S08E06_Ghoul_Fools_PDTV_XviD-BRICKSQUaD_screenshot_2.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20120217082630 two]] screenshots from ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' (cel on the left, digital on the right).

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** This also extends to the * The kinds of mediums used throughout the history of Western Animation as well.evolved. During the silent era, animated productions utilized a sketchbook aesthetic, consisting of solid black and white characters and environments. Then, as the Golden Age set in, the art became more complex, with each cel being specifically shaded different kinds of gray to appear similar to a live-action black and white movie. The shift to color resulted in bright, saturated palettes that resulted from the dye-transfer process used by Technicolor stock, while the switch to limited animation in the Dark Age brought on extremely simple color palettes that would save both time and money. When the medium switched to digital in the late 1990's, palettes became significantly louder and lines & shapes became conspicuously sharper. For reference, compare [[http://www.jetflicks.mobi/images/739231.jpg these]] [[http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/spongebob/images/4/49/Spongebob_Squarepants_S08E06_Ghoul_Fools_PDTV_XviD-BRICKSQUaD_screenshot_2.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20120217082630 two]] screenshots from ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' (cel on the left, digital on the right).
4th Aug '16 4:51:34 PM Vir
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* ''WesternAnimation/ShimmerAndShine'': For Season 2, the animation has been changed to [=CGI=].

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* ''WesternAnimation/ShimmerAndShine'': ''WesternAnimation/ShimmerAndShine'''s first season was done in Flash. For Season season 2, the animation has been changed to [=CGI=].[=CGI=].
* ''WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa'' tweaked its art style a bit in the second part of season 3, adding shading to the new intro, backgrounds and title cards, and the UG-RV is now rendered in CGI. The characters remained unchanged.
9th Jul '16 1:43:44 PM Pichu-kun
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* On the show ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', Monique went from having black dot eyes, to white eyes with pupils by the second season.
** Also, the characters had more movement in the first two seasons than in later ones. The animation also got smoother as time went on.

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* On the show ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'':
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Monique went from having black dot eyes, eyes to white eyes with pupils by the second season.
** Also, the characters had more movement in the first two seasons than in later ones. The animation also got smoother as time went on.



* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has cleaned up over the episodes, in subtle ways. One noticeable change is that unicorn horns now are a part of the head instead of being separate, and each individual unicorn's magic is colour-coded instead of being a generic faded colour. Another is that Applejack's freckles don't vanish when she runs anymore.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has cleaned up over the episodes, in subtle ways. ways:
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One noticeable change is that unicorn horns now are a part of the head instead of being separate, and each individual unicorn's magic is colour-coded instead of being a generic faded colour. Another is that Applejack's freckles don't vanish when she runs anymore.



* The character designs in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' [[DependingOnTheArtist vary depending on the storyboard artist]] but even with the various differences in style there are still certain things that stand out. Overall, the characters are a lot rounder in season 2 than they were in season 1. Pearl's face is "cuter" looking and round instead of oval shaped.



* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' originally looked quite angular and cartoon-y, with simple backgrounds and rather basic coloring. It kept the same basic style, but subtly evolved to have smoother lines, much more detail, and more natural coloring.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' originally ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'':
** Originally the series
looked quite angular and cartoon-y, with simple backgrounds and rather basic coloring. It kept the same basic style, but subtly evolved to have smoother lines, much more detail, and more natural coloring.
26th Jun '16 2:12:03 PM StFan
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** DonHertzfeldt's [[CouchGag/{{TheSimpsons}} couch gag]] parodied this trend to horrifying effect -- first Homer fiddles with a time-traveling remote that viscerally morphs him back to his crude 1989 model, then in a panicked attempt to undo the rewind he launches into a far future where he and his family are grotesque mutant caricatures that barely resemble their original selves.

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** DonHertzfeldt's [[CouchGag/{{TheSimpsons}} couch gag]] parodied Creator/DonHertzfeldt's [[CouchGag/TheSimpsons Couch Gag]] parodies this trend to horrifying effect -- first Homer fiddles with a time-traveling remote that viscerally morphs him back to his crude 1989 model, then in a panicked attempt to undo the rewind he launches into a far future where he and his family are grotesque mutant caricatures that barely resemble their original selves.
27th May '16 12:29:42 PM MagnusForce
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* ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'': Starting in the second season, the animation got a bit more detailed and much smoother.
22nd May '16 11:26:08 AM bowserbros
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** Episodes after the first movie had a brighter color palette. As the post-movie era progresses, the characters started getting less expressive, making their design less off-model.

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** Episodes after the first movie had a brighter color palette. As the post-movie era progresses, the characters started getting less expressive, making their design less off-model. [[http://41.media.tumblr.com/f245f25c8824bb89a35a166edd6e8011/tumblr_na3rjpxL0W1s9c6nao1_500.jpg This image]] comparing the 1999 and 2014 designs of the titular sponge best sums it up.
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