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Bender_Unit_22

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« on: 07-23-2001 11:43 »

I was just wondering what everyone thinks about Futurama being done entirely on computers.  I personally think the animation looks a lot crisper and the 3d effects are great, like when they rotate around the outside of planet express.

Do you people out there think that computer is better, or hand drawn?

Only bad thing I can think of about computer is that there are no animation cells for futurama that I could buy.

Oh well those things are expensive anyhow...

What do you all think??

lalala look at my head, it's so crazy look at my head, I got this big ol head, hey, ho...  ok shows over I'm tired
Just Chris

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« Reply #1 on: 07-23-2001 11:53 »

Computer is definetly better for the sake that it's a sci-fi show. Rendering the buldings and ships looks dope, I think. There's a plugin for 3D Studio Max that lets you add outlines to renderings and animations. And I get a discount from that just because I am a drafting student, hehe  cool
Bender_Unit_22

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« Reply #2 on: 07-23-2001 11:56 »

good deal

Of course I just found a thread that is almost identical to my topic but oh well

lalala look at my head, it's so crazy look at my head, I got this big ol head, hey, ho...  ok shows over I'm tired
MagicToaster

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« Reply #3 on: 07-23-2001 13:49 »

Computer animation all they way.  I'd like to defend hand drawn, but I don't know what to say in its defense.

I don't think seeing a 500 foot Bender flying to the tune of Ironman would look good in cel.
VelourFog

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« Reply #4 on: 07-23-2001 13:57 »

 
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Originally posted by Bender_Unit_22:
I was just wondering what everyone thinks about Futurama being done entirely on computers. 

Maybe I'm stupid, but i didnt think it was done entirely on computers....



"cuter than a chinchilla, and only twice as bitey" -rach
MagicToaster

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« Reply #5 on: 07-23-2001 14:04 »

oh yeah, you would need to draw in animated movement.  Still objects and things such as cars/spaceships are CG right?
Apathy Party

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« Reply #6 on: 07-23-2001 15:52 »

The 'human' characters wouldn't look right in CG. Besides, they change too much- CG is good when you have an unchanging object moving, but it'd take too long to CG the whole thing.
Bender_Unit_22

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« Reply #7 on: 07-30-2001 06:23 »

Yup the whole thing is done on a computer, not necessarly done with, but on.  You can still animate by hand on the computer and that is how futurama is done, none of it is drawn in cells like other animation.

I guess my topic was misleading but oh well

lalala look at my head, it's so crazy look at my head, I got this big ol head, hey, ho...  ok shows over I'm tired
Ben

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« Reply #8 on: 07-30-2001 09:07 »

Then what does Sarge do.
Sarge

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« Reply #9 on: 07-30-2001 22:18 »

I get dates for your sister.  big grin

There's a lot of 'cheats' involved in getting the characters to 'look right' when they're in up-shots or down-shots, & a lot of them are. Or when the composition is extremely tricky, & there's a certain 'look' a director wants. All of that HAS to be done by hand. A CG created character wouldn't be able to cheat those things. Well, it could, but it would take many more hours to manipulate it than to just draw it by hand in 1/2 the time.

A lot of robots & vehicles are 1st laid out by hand, & then scanned in the PCs for reference. So a lot of that CG stuff you see was 1st drawn by hand, then computerized. (Not ALL of it, though.)

Remember Homer3 when he was rendered in 3D in that THOH episode? Well, would you think Fry & the gang would be able to get their funny facial expressions & stuff if they were rendered like that? No, they'd look like plastic dolls, just like Homer & Bart did. It's a cool look, & I like it, but that's not how the show was meant to look in the 1st place.
 
Ben

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« Reply #10 on: 07-31-2001 00:19 »

 
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Originally posted by Sarge:
I get dates for your sister.   big grin

She says thanks.

Wait a minute, I don't have a sister. You must be lying. Liar!

"Ben is right, apparently" - Pikka Bird
Bender_Unit_22

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« Reply #11 on: 08-02-2001 18:24 »

I personally think it makes the show look a lot cleaner and more vivid compared to other animated shows.

I do wish that there were animation cells tho, it would rock to have a bender cell.

lalala look at my head, it's so crazy look at my head, I got this big ol head, hey, ho...  ok shows over I'm tired
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