Follow TV Tropes

Following

Shifted to CGI

Go To

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 France and Japan (though many use Conspicuous CG and CGI cartoons are also prominent) and amongst televised cartoons (though they're usually Adobe Flash styled), All CGI Cartoons have been rising in popularity over the years, and Western-produced traditionally-animated theatrical films are rare. Thus many series that used to be done in traditional animation have changed to being CGI over the years.

Advertisement:

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:

    open/close all folders 

    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.

     Anime 
Advertisement:

     Films — Animation 
  • DreamWorks Animation is an entire studio that made the shift. 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. Notably, however, this wasn't a straight shift: their very first movie released, Antz, was CGI, which was followed by the aforementioned 2D animated movies before the infamous disregard of 2D animation altogether.
  • 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 though the latter was critically better received than the former. 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.
    • As for characters, Ralph Breaks the Internet will feature the Disney Princess characters (well, those who weren't CGI to begin with) in CGI during a sequence taking place within a Disney-themed website.
  • 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 Asterix 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 traditionally animated Hungarian film Vuk the Little Fox got a 3D CGI sequel called The Fox's Tale several decades later. The poor animation was one of the many reasons the sequel was universally disliked.
  • The two Disney Peter Pan films are traditionally animated while the spinoff series Disney Fairies is CGI.
  • The first Monster High DTV film, as well as early webtoons, were animated in Flash. Starting with the second film, the series shifted to CGI.

     Western Animation 

Top