Shifted to CGI

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.


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  • 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.
  • Gantz had an all-CGI movie entitled GANTZ: O which was released n 2016 and focused on the events of the Nurarihyon Seijin arc of the manga.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO is the first CGI Gundam series which is part of the early Universal Century timeline and is set during the One Year War.

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