History ArtEvolution / WesternAnimation

23rd May '17 4:38:33 PM jormis29
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** The standards of art and design in ''The Simpsons'' were mostly tied to the budget. The initial animation team consisted of four men: Matt Groening, who did (very crude) sketches and storyboards, and just three animators at Klasky-Csupo. As the series progressed, and ratings remained high, the budget, the team, and its capabilities increased. When the ''Tracy Ullman Show'' finished, Fox wanted to spin off ''The Simpsons'' as a half-hour program series, and asked Groening to make a pilot. Not wanting to go to the effort of making a pilot, which might be shelved without ever being aired, Groening refused. If the Fox executives wouldn't approve a full season based on past performance, he said, he would rather leave them and go back to his popular ''Life in Hell'' strip. In the end, they compromised, agreeing on a half-length season of 13 episodes. When this season had aired with ratings success, they got a full budget for a full second season and were able to improve the animation qualify and spend time firming up the designs.

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** The standards of art and design in ''The Simpsons'' were mostly tied to the budget. The initial animation team consisted of four men: Matt Groening, who did (very crude) sketches and storyboards, and just three animators at Klasky-Csupo. As the series progressed, and ratings remained high, the budget, the team, and its capabilities increased. When the ''Tracy Ullman Show'' ''Series/TheTraceyUllmanShow'' finished, Fox wanted to spin off ''The Simpsons'' as a half-hour program series, and asked Groening to make a pilot. Not wanting to go to the effort of making a pilot, which might be shelved without ever being aired, Groening refused. If the Fox executives wouldn't approve a full season based on past performance, he said, he would rather leave them and go back to his popular ''Life in Hell'' strip. In the end, they compromised, agreeing on a half-length season of 13 episodes. When this season had aired with ratings success, they got a full budget for a full second season and were able to improve the animation qualify and spend time firming up the designs.
16th May '17 3:22:45 PM nombretomado
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** Occurred constantly during the last 3rd of the second ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'' series. After 5 seasons of consistent designs, the series' art style was dramatically changed for its season 6 retool, which resulted in simpler, more angular designs, and a less subtle color palette. Then, after the series was retooled ''again'' for it season 7, most of the regular characters were redesigned to look more like their [[Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles movie]] counterparts--most notably, the turtles' eyes now had visible irises, even when they wore their masks--and the color palette became somewhat more dark. Afterwards, for the GrandFinale movie ''TurtlesForever'', the art style was tweaked yet again, with the turtles returning to their season 6 models (albeit lightly modified) and with several other characters--particularly Splinter and Hun--getting slightly more complex shading.

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** Occurred constantly during the last 3rd of the second ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'' series. After 5 seasons of consistent designs, the series' art style was dramatically changed for its season 6 retool, which resulted in simpler, more angular designs, and a less subtle color palette. Then, after the series was retooled ''again'' for it season 7, most of the regular characters were redesigned to look more like their [[Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles movie]] counterparts--most notably, the turtles' eyes now had visible irises, even when they wore their masks--and the color palette became somewhat more dark. Afterwards, for the GrandFinale movie ''TurtlesForever'', ''WesternAnimation/TurtlesForever'', the art style was tweaked yet again, with the turtles returning to their season 6 models (albeit lightly modified) and with several other characters--particularly Splinter and Hun--getting slightly more complex shading.
11th May '17 1:21:54 PM Crossover-Enthusiast
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* 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.

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* The character designs in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' [[DependingOnTheArtist vary depending on the storyboard artist]] artist]], but even with the various differences in style style, there are still certain things that stand out. Overall, the characters are a lot rounder in season Season 2 than they were in season 1. Season 1; Pearl's face in particular is "cuter" looking and round instead of oval shaped.more rounded compared to Season 1.
29th Apr '17 11:42:02 PM XenMon2
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** [[http://cdn.collider.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/the-batman-joker.jpg Joker's original design]] had him in a bright, stylized straitjacket with long, flowing dreadlocks, {{Scary Teeth}} that slotted together like a jigsaw puzzle, a hunched posture, and no shoes, which lead to cries of [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks They Changed, It Now It Sucks]]. [[http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/toonami/images/7/78/Joker_(The_Batman).jpg/revision/latest?cb=20141219214355 He soon underwent a redesign]] that put him back in his trademark tuxedo, shortened his hair a bit and made it less fluid, gave him dark rings around his eyes, gave him more normal (albeit still extremely jagged) teeth, and straightened his posture, overall making him look more like TAS Joker in his JL era (see above). However, the artists defiantly refused to give him shoes for the entire series.

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** [[http://cdn.collider.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/the-batman-joker.jpg Joker's original design]] had him in a bright, stylized straitjacket with long, flowing dreadlocks, {{Scary Teeth}} that slotted together like a jigsaw puzzle, a hunched posture, and no shoes, which lead to cries of [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks They Changed, It Now It Sucks]]. [[http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/toonami/images/7/78/Joker_(The_Batman).jpg/revision/latest?cb=20141219214355 [[http://i.imgur.com/DhrucMt.jpg He soon underwent a redesign]] that put him back in his trademark tuxedo, shortened his hair a bit and made it less fluid, gave him dark rings around his eyes, gave him more normal (albeit still extremely jagged) teeth, and straightened his posture, overall making him look more like TAS Joker in his JL era (see above). However, the artists defiantly refused to give him shoes for the entire series.
9th Apr '17 2:58:35 PM Monolaf317
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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** The show 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:

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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
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''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': The show 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:
7th Mar '17 6:39:18 PM Mineboot45
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** As of "Lost in Bikini Bottom", the show goes back to having more [[OffModel cartoony facial expressions]]like it had from seasons 1-5 instead of staying on-model. Also, the outlines are thinner than ever.

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** As of "Lost in Bikini Bottom", the show goes back to having more [[OffModel cartoony facial expressions]]like expressions]] like it had from seasons 1-5 instead of staying on-model. Also, the outlines are thinner than ever.
7th Mar '17 6:36:47 PM Mineboot45
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{{Recess}}'':

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{{Recess}}'':''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'':
22nd Feb '17 3:15:30 AM XenMon2
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' had this as well.
** [[http://cdn.collider.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/the-batman-joker.jpg Joker's original design]] had him in a bright, stylized straitjacket with long, flowing dreadlocks, {{Scary Teeth}} that slotted together like a jigsaw puzzle, a hunched posture, and no shoes, which lead to cries of [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks They Changed, It Now It Sucks]]. [[http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/toonami/images/7/78/Joker_(The_Batman).jpg/revision/latest?cb=20141219214355 He soon underwent a redesign]] that put him back in his trademark tuxedo, shortened his hair a bit and made it less fluid, gave him dark rings around his eyes, gave him more normal (albeit still extremely jagged) teeth, and straightened his posture, overall making him look more like TAS Joker in his JL era (see above). However, the artists defiantly refused to give him shoes for the entire series.
26th Dec '16 8:19:10 PM Pichu-kun
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* The second season of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'' animation changed to a more detailed and fluid style of animation compared to the first. The character designs, especially Jake's dragon form, changed considerably; in the first season he is muscular and in season two and onwards he is scrawny.

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* The second season of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'' animation changed to a more detailed and fluid style of animation compared to the first. The character designs, especially designs changed considerably. For example, Jake's dragon form, changed considerably; form was muscular in the first season he is muscular and sported wings but in season two and onwards he is scrawny.scrawny and is styled after Asian dragons. The Oracle twins also switched from identical redheads to a black haired raven and blonde prep.



* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom''

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* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom''''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'':



* In the sneak preview for ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'', the characters (aside from Ms. Finster and Mikey) look very different than they do in the series proper.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{{Recess}}'':
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In the sneak preview for ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'', the characters (aside from Ms. Finster and Mikey) look very different than they do in the series proper.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has lampshaded its art evolution since the Tracey Ullman Show shorts a few times. In the episode "Lisa's Sax", the early shorts are described as "crudely-drawn filler material". These shorts were so poor because Matt Groening quickly sketched his character designs to serve as inspiration for the animators, but they copied the designs exactly.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** ''The Simpsons''
has lampshaded its art evolution since the Tracey ''Tracey Ullman Show Show'' shorts a few times. In the episode "Lisa's Sax", the early shorts are described as "crudely-drawn filler material". These shorts were so poor because Matt Groening quickly sketched his character designs to serve as inspiration for the animators, but they copied the designs exactly.



* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': The show 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:

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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
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The show 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:



* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants''. Season one looks very different from the rest of the seasons. It is the only season that used hand-painted animation cels (beginning with season 2, the series switched to digital ink-and-paint), and the animation is noticeably more crude and [[OffModel inconsistent]] as well as having a darker color palette. Also, Patrick's appearance is slightly different.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants''. ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'':
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Season one looks very different from the rest of the seasons. It is the only season that used hand-painted animation cels (beginning with season 2, the series switched to digital ink-and-paint), and the animation is noticeably more crude and [[OffModel inconsistent]] as well as having a darker color palette. Also, Patrick's appearance is slightly different.



** As of Lost in Bikini Bottom, the show goes back to having more [[OffModel cartoony facial expressions]]like it had from seasons 1-5 instead of staying on-model. Also, the outlines are thinner than ever.

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** As of Lost "Lost in Bikini Bottom, Bottom", the show goes back to having more [[OffModel cartoony facial expressions]]like it had from seasons 1-5 instead of staying on-model. Also, the outlines are thinner than ever.



* Occurred constantly during the last 3rd of the second ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'' series. After 5 seasons of consistent designs, the series' art style was dramatically changed for its season 6 retool, which resulted in simpler, more angular designs, and a less subtle color palette. Then, after the series was retooled ''again'' for it season 7, most of the regular characters were redesigned to look more like their [[Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles movie]] counterparts--most notably, the turtles' eyes now had visible irises, even when they wore their masks--and the color palette became somewhat more dark. Afterwards, for the GrandFinale movie ''TurtlesForever'', the art style was tweaked yet again, with the turtles returning to their season 6 models (albeit lightly modified) and with several other characters--particularly Splinter and Hun--getting slightly more complex shading.

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* * ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'':
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Occurred constantly during the last 3rd of the second ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'' series. After 5 seasons of consistent designs, the series' art style was dramatically changed for its season 6 retool, which resulted in simpler, more angular designs, and a less subtle color palette. Then, after the series was retooled ''again'' for it season 7, most of the regular characters were redesigned to look more like their [[Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles movie]] counterparts--most notably, the turtles' eyes now had visible irises, even when they wore their masks--and the color palette became somewhat more dark. Afterwards, for the GrandFinale movie ''TurtlesForever'', the art style was tweaked yet again, with the turtles returning to their season 6 models (albeit lightly modified) and with several other characters--particularly Splinter and Hun--getting slightly more complex shading.



* In the first ''[[Disney/TheManyAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh Winnie the Pooh]]'' feature, Piglet looked [[http://www.danieldroke.com/storage/Picture%201.png?__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSION=1299116980015 incredibly different]] from his official design. Everyone else looked the same, so it's a redesign.



* In the second season of ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'', the characters' outlines were colored and now look a little more like how they appeared in the classic shorts. For example, Bugs is now gray, and his body is taller and thinner. This is possibly in response to the massive backlash fans gave the creators who never stopped pointing out how "wrong" Bugs looked.
** Even Lola has gone through a little bit of change - between Seasons 1 and 2, her design became more rounded (to match the look of the other characters reverting to their traditional looks), she's now shorter than Bugs (much like her ''Film/SpaceJam'' version), she's much more curvy (her chest is notably larger in Season 2) and her dress changed from purple to cerulean.
** Also, the animation style in this season resembles ''WesternAnimation/TheLifeAndTimesOfJuniperLee''.

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* In the second season of ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'', the characters' outlines were colored and now look a little more like how they appeared in the classic shorts. For example, Bugs is now gray, and his body is taller and thinner. This is possibly in response to the massive backlash fans gave the creators who never stopped pointing out how "wrong" Bugs looked.
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looked. Even Lola has gone through a little bit of change - between Seasons 1 and 2, her design became more rounded (to match the look of the other characters reverting to their traditional looks), she's now shorter than Bugs (much like her ''Film/SpaceJam'' version), she's much more curvy (her chest is notably larger in Season 2) and her dress changed from purple to cerulean.
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cerulean. Also, the animation style in this season resembles ''WesternAnimation/TheLifeAndTimesOfJuniperLee''.
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.
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