Shifted To CGI
A franchise that was traditionally traditionally animated or 2D styled switches to being an All CGI Cartoon
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.
- 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.
- The Arashi no Yoru ni film was traditionally animated. The anime series, which is a seperate adaptation of the books and features Mei as a female, was an All-CGI Cartoon.
- Shirow Masamune's Appleseed had an one-shot OVA adaptation in 1988, but in 2004 received a new adaptation in the form of CGI. After that, a couple of movies and a 13-episode OVA were released, all of them in CGI too. Sadly, none of them shares the story of the original manga.
- Dreamworks Animation is an entire studio that made the leap. Most of their early hits like The Prince of Egypt and Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron were Disney-esque and traditionally animated. With the success of Shrek they stopped making traditionally animated films and refuse to make them anymore. Dreamworks is often considered the reason for the "death" of traditionally animated films in the early 2000s.
- The Disney Animated Canon slowly made the shift. After the underwhelming performance of Treasure Planet and Brother Bear, they declared that Home on the Range will be their last 2D animated film. Their first attempts at All-CGI Cartoon, such as Chicken Little and Meet the Robinsons, were not particularly successful. Bolt seemed to break the streak, and starting with Tangled (which was originally to be done in a 2D/3D mix ala Paperman but was changed due to developmental issues) all of their All-CGI Cartoon films are major hits. They made two attempts to return to the 2D animation they used to be famous for, but the lukewarm success of The Princess and the Frog and Winnie-the-Pooh, paired up with such CGI blockbusters as Frozen (which was announced as a traditionally animated film but was quickly changed to CGI) and Zootopia, means that we shouldn't expect any 2D Disney films in the near future.
- The Blue Sky Studios The Peanuts Movie was the first CGI Peanuts adaptation. It was done in a non-traditional style that resembles the original comic.
- After eight traditionally animated films (plus four live-action ones), The Mansions of the Gods was the first Animated Adaptation of the Astérix comics that was entirely done in CGI.
- Heathcliff: Bad Kitty was an attempt at doing this. It was an All-CGI Cartoon direct-to-video movie about Heathcliff meant to introduce him to newer audiences. It featured Frank Welker (who voices rival Garfield in The Garfield Show) as the voice of Heathcliff. The idea however fell through the water. There was a TV show meant to go with the film however it was to be Flash animated, not CG, but that also never came to be.
- The Sony produced Popeye film will be this if it comes out of Development Hell.
- The first three of The Swan Princess films were all traditionally animated. After a Sequel Gap of 14 years, the series was inexplicably revived with The Swan Princess Christmas in 2012. It is completely CGI and features a new voice cast.
- The two Disney Peter Pan films are traditionally animated while the spinoff series Disney Fairies is CGI.
- This happened to Miraculous Ladybug during production. The original idea was for it to be an animesque cartoon similar looking to Pretty Cure aimed at teens. The original 2013 trailer shows the original concept. Networks didn't want the cartoon so the animesque style was mostly scrapped (for example Marinette lost her Idiot Hair, though that could have been due to No Flow in CGI) and it was changed into an All-CGI Cartoon aimed at a younger audience.
- Care Bears adaptations were all traditionally animated until Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot.
- All Sonic the Hedgehog adaptations were traditionally animated until Sonic Boom, which uses a CGI styling. It doesn't stand out because the games have been 3D since Sonic Adventure and it's done in the same fashion as the games.
- While Arthur never made the leap (instead it made the leap to a Flash-like animation style in season 16), the made-for-TV film Arthur's Missing Pal was entirely in CGI. The characters looked... Off.
- The pitch trailer for a Courage the Cowardly Dog reboot was in CGI. All the voices were reprised except for Eustace's (due to Author Existence Failure).
- 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.
- Sofia the First does this for most Disney Princess characters. Whenever they appear they are in the same CGI style as everything else.
- The Classic Disney Shorts characters zig-zag in and out of this trope. The preschool aimed Mickey Mouse Clubhouse was an All-CGI Cartoon and it was the only thing Mickey Mouse was in for years. Similarly, the original Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas was traditionally animated but the sequel was not. The 2013 short Get a Horse! mixes 2D animated "classic" designs with CGI "modern" ones but the Mickey Mouse (2013) shorts are not in CGI.
- The films avert this but in terms of television cartoons Winnie-the-Pooh switched with the preschool aimed My Friends Tigger And Pooh from 2010. Previously everything had been done with either puppets or traditional animation.
- The CGI animation combined with the lack of Batman's main Rogues Gallery are considered two of the main reasons why Beware the Batman ended up cancelled after one season (and even then it was Screwed by the Network while airing). Future DC Comics adaptations are either done in Flash like Justice League Action, DC Superhero Girls, and Teen Titans Go!'', or are LEGO styled.
- In 2009 Bob the Builder switched from stop-motion to CGI. The reboot is completely CGI animated as well.
- Inspector Gadget (2015) is a reboot of Inspector Gadget done in CGI.
- Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch is the first Sabrina the Teenage Witch adaptation done in CGI. Previously they had all been live action or traditionally animated.
- As shown on the shows page, in 2009 Angelina Ballerina was changed into an All-CGI Cartoon. For whatever reason they gave Angelina's design a Girliness Upgrade—she went from a standard white mouse to light pink.
- In 2010 Franklin was rebooted as a CGI cartoon called Franklin and Friends.
- Netflix has ordered a reboot of The Magic Schoolbus done in CGI however it is stuck in Development Hell. It was announced in 2014 and as of 2016 no news has been heard of besides the announcement and a piece of concept art.
- Garfield has had numerous traditionally-animated adaptations, but 2009's The Garfield Show is CGI.
- A Felix the Cat reboot announced in 2013 was meant to do this for the franchise, albeit while mixing in Flash elements. It ended up canned for unknown reasons.
- 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.
- Transformers was all hand-drawn animation until the release of Beast Wars, which was all CGI. From then on, the next few series (Beast Machines [a sequel to Beast Wars], and then Armada, Energon, and Cybertron [collectively known as the Unicron Trilogy]) were all CGI. A later series, Transformers Animated, briefly reversed this trend. Another new wave of shows collectively known as the "Aligned Universe" (Transformers Prime, Transformers Rescue Bots, Transformers: Go! and Transformers: Robots in Disguise) went back to being all CGI.
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