Created By: Pichu-kun on July 12, 2016 Last Edited By: Pichu-kun on June 29, 2017
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Shifted To CGI

A franchise that was traditionally traditionally animated or 2D styled switches to being an All CGI Cartoon

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In the 2000s traditionally animated works fell out of fashion due to blockbuster hits like the Shrek series along with the simplicity of animating in CGI compared to traditional animation. While 2D style animation is popular in East Asian countries (though many use Conspicuous CG and CGI cartoons are also prominent) and amongst televised cartoons (though they're usually flash styled), All CGI Cartoons have been rising in popularity over the years. Thus many series that used to be done in traditional animation have changed to being CGI over the years.

Naturally this is highly controversial amongst long-time fans and animation buffs. Many people will invariably complain whenever a franchise switches to CGI.

Compare to the Video Game 3D Leap for a video game counterpart where games went from mostly sprites to 3D models.


Examples:

Advertising
  • Zig-zagged with the Energizer Bunny, the American mascot for Energizer Batteries. From 1989 to the early 2000's, the Bunny was a remote-controlled model that ran on the batteries it was advertising. This proved difficult for the company during filming due to how much power the model consumed. In the early 2000's, the Bunny was animated in CGI as part of Energizer's "Do You Have the Bunny Inside?" campaign, in which he would dance inside an Energizer battery. After the campaign ended in the mid-2000's, the remote-controlled model of the Bunny was brought back for commercials. As of the 2010's, the Bunny is animated in full CGI.
  • In 1998 Tony the Tiger, the mascot of Kellogg's Frosted Flakes (Frosties in some countries) cereal, switched from being traditionally animated to being CGI for a while. He was switched back after it was decided he looked better traditionally animated. In the 2010s they revived the concept though.
  • The mascot to Kid Cuisine has switched to being CGI animated.

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Film — Animation

Western Animation

Community Feedback Replies: 23
  • July 12, 2016
    JustaUsername
    Don't really care for the name since it implies CGI is superior, prefer something like Shifted To CGI
  • July 12, 2016
    Pichu-kun
    ^ I was going more along the lines of "All CGI cartoons are a newer media and thus older series was upgrading their newer installments to go with the popular trend in animation" instead of "All CGI cartoons are better".
  • July 13, 2016
    Snicka
  • July 13, 2016
    Snicka
  • July 13, 2016
    FlyingDuckManGenesis
    Western Animation
    • For the first eleven seasons, Thomas The Tank Engine was animated using scale train models and wooden figures of people and animals. Season 12 was used as a transition to CGI, as while it still used the scale train models, CGI was used for the engines' faces, as well as the people and animals. Season 13 and beyond has the entire show animated in CGI.
  • July 14, 2016
    PaulA
    Would this include franchises like Alvin And The Chipmunks and The Smurfs where the most recent incarnation is a CGI-live action hybrid?
  • July 14, 2016
    PaulA
  • July 16, 2016
    Pichu-kun
    ^^ I'm not sure if that would count. Probably not?
  • July 17, 2016
    Basara-kun
    Anime and Manga:
  • July 17, 2016
    FlyingDuckManGenesis
    Advertising
    • Zig-zagged with the Energizer Bunny, the American mascot for Energizer Batteries. From 1989 to the early 2000's, the Bunny was a remote-controlled model that ran on the batteries it was advertising. This proved difficult for the company during filming due to how much power the model consumed. In the early 2000's, the Bunny was animated in CGI as part of Energizer's "Do You Have the Bunny Inside?" campaign, in which he would dance inside an Energizer battery. After the campaign ended in the mid-2000's, the remote-controlled model of the Bunny was brought back for commercials. As of the 2010's, the Bunny is animated in full CGI.
  • December 30, 2016
    AP
    There have been two Star Wars cartoons about the Clone Wars. Star Wars Clone Wars aired first and used traditional animation while Star Wars The Clone Wars aired a few years later and was CGI.
  • January 2, 2017
    TimG5
    During Kirby Right Back At Ya's main run, the anime was largely made in 2D, only occasionally using CGI for certain characters and objects like Kirby and King Dedede. But the bonus episode it got in 2011 that aired on Nintendo Video was done completely in CGI.
  • January 3, 2017
    PhantomDusclops92
    • Kirarin Revolution is animated traditionally in the first 102 episodes, but episodes 103-153 (also known as Kirarin Revolution STAGE 3) are completely CGI.
    • Hamtaro had a brief sequel/reboot known as Hi! Hamtaro, entirely made in CGI.
  • January 4, 2017
    PhantomDusclops92
    • Fireman Sam shifted from claymation to CGI in later seasons. As a small Mythology Gag, in the CGI seasons the command center features a photo group of Sam and the other firemen in the old claymation style, and the episode where Bella Lasagne comes back also begins with Sam's nephew pulling out a picture of her as a claymation character.
  • January 5, 2017
    Snicka
    There are actually five animated television series that belong to the Star Wars franchise. The first three, Droids, Ewoks and Star Wars Clone Wars were traditionally-animated, while Star Wars The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels are CGI.
  • January 5, 2017
    PhantomDusclops92
    Also, there is already a CGI Popeye movie. It was a Christmas special.
  • January 7, 2017
    PaulA
    • The Smurfs, best known in the English-speaking world from the 1980s traditionally-animated TV series, have subsequently shifted to the computer animation, with several direct-to-DVD releases already out and a CGI feature film in the works.
  • January 12, 2017
    Snicka
    Often goes hand-in-hand with Art Shifted Sequel.
  • January 12, 2017
    NubianSatyress
  • June 28, 2017
    Renkin3
    • Russian cartoon Smeshariki shifted from 2D Flash animation to 3D computer animation after approximately 215 episodes.
  • June 28, 2017
    Basara-kun
    Film - Animated:
    • Since various decades ago, efforts to adapt Chilean comic book Comic Book/Condorito to animation has been done for years, mostly as mini-series. The first one with animated shorts in 1983 and the second one with Roger Rabbit Effect (being Condorito, Coné and Washington the only ones animated) in 2002 that never was aired. Today, Condorito is more alive than ever with the upcoming movie to be released this 2017, which was made completely in CGI.
  • June 28, 2017
    AmourMitts
    A better title would be "CGI Shift".
  • June 29, 2017
    Fuyumoto
    Isn't this already called Art Shift?
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