The widespread popularity of CGI has meant that other techniques, like stop motion, have faced a decrease in popularity, but not for much longer.
Stop motion has come in and out of cinema, like a lot of film trends. It faced a huge resurge of popularity in the 1990s and 2000s in Hollywood thanks to the likes of Aardman, Henry Selick and Tim Burton. In the 2010s the technique was seen heavily utilized in works aimed at children, and since then it has been more infrequently used. Even Burton has neglected stop motion, which he arguably built his career on. Stop motion is slowly creeping back into the limelight, though, with Netflix’s 2022 slate helping it along.
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Three big projects involving the technique are set to release on the streaming service, and with big names attached. Henry Selick returns to stop motion, directing Wendell & Wild, starring Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key. The House is Netflix’s most recent stop motion release, starring Helena Bonham Carter, Matthew Goode, and many others. The House interweaves three separate stories which are connected by the setting of the same house, showcasing subtly different styles of stop motion animation. Finally, a reimagining of Pinocchio in stop motion is set to release, with Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton and Finn Wolfhard cast in the feature, to name a few. The film is directed by Guillermo del Toro, perhaps qualifying him as the new Tim Burton. Watch Movie On Articles: Il lupo e il leone streaming
This line-up of releases surely means that stop motion can do something that CGI can’t. The look and feel of stop motion films are unlike any other, immediately setting them apart from computer-generated pictures. The LEGO Movie, for example, is largely CGI, but it’s purposely made to look like stop motion, demonstrating the appeal the technique has an aesthetic even within the framework of CGI. The authenticity of the technique, with such human touches, embeds films with personality which makes them such a joy to watch. CGI, on the other hand, while still impressive and effective, is so widely used and is nearly always perfect (except, perhaps, Shang Chi’s bad CGI), thus lacking this unique charm.
Stop motion, though its place in cinema has perhaps lessened over the years, still remains strong. Competing with such a technique as giant as CGI is no easy feat, but the slow and steady filtering of stop motion pictures ensures its durability. It’s a testament to its profound effectiveness that stop motion animation still survives and thrives today. Watch Movie On Articles: Me contro Te – Persi nel tempo streaming
New Animated Transformers Movie Super Mario Bros
For almost 40 years, Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. has persevered as an ambassador from the gaming world. Their Red and Green overalls and hats only mean one thing—Mario and Luigi. Watch Movie On Articles: Ambulance streaming
These goomba stompin’, fireball tossin’, pipe slidin’ Italian plumbers originally hail from the platformer genre. In fact, they’re pioneers and trendsetters who continually evolve with the standard set by modern design and technology. They’ve crept their way into party games, fighting games, RPGs, racers, several sports titles, and more on their path to global reverence.
Mario as a commercial IP exists on a scale somewhere between comic book characters and Pokemon. Gamers, for the most part, eat it up too. Nintendo sells entire consol generations on first-party IPs that see a release or two per cycle, careful not to inundate fans with yearly sequels. They’ve taken extreme caution in adapting their characters for screen after the commercial failure of their live-action attempt at the Super Mario Bros in 1993—which actually kinda rips. Bob Hoskins (Who Framed Roger Rabbit) and John Leguizamo donned the hats and battled King Koopa (Dennis Hopper) as Mario and Luigi, but the Paul Verhoven action aesthetic didn’t grab fans the way that the colorful and charming gaming world of the Mushroom Kingdom did. Just shy of thirty years later, and Nintendo is stepping up to bat again, this time with an animated adaptation.
In 2018, Nintendo and Illumination announced a new animated Super Mario Bros. film. Illumination is the studio responsible for the family-friendly animated films Despicable Me, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, Minions, The Secret Life of Pets, Sing, and their sequels. Fans had to wait another three years before more information dropped during 2021’s September Nintendo Direct—Nintendo’s method of disseminating information surrounding upcoming products through presentations. Questions, concerns, and memes immediately followed so let’s break down everything we know about the, as of yet untitled, animated Super Mario Bros. picture. Watch Movie On Articles: La notte più lunga dell’anno streaming
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