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Movies or films are an ancient form of visual arts, projected through a screen, used to entertain humans since the late 19th century. Throughout the past two centuries, movies have changed a lot over the years, changing from two-minute motion pictures, to full-fledged hour long movies that were hand drawn and animated. Animated movies are by far the most influential and best tactic used for creating movies. There is another portrayal of movies that has been used a lot in the previous two to three decades: live action movies. Unfortunately, live action films, especially remakes of original animated movies, have not been quite up to par with traditional animated movies for a number of reasons.

To get to the point, the directors and creators of these movies make decisions that make you scratch your head and ask, “why?” When casting people to act for their movies, they choose people who look absolutely nothing like the original character they were based on. For example, the new Cinderella remake casted Camila Cabello as the titular character Cinderella. Additionally, the Aladdin 2019 remake showed Genie being portrayed by Will Smith. This idea does not make too much sense since Cabello is a brunette and looks nothing like the blonde Cinderella, and Smith’s tall, lean stature does not match the Genie’s big, bulky body, and the potbelly was unnecessary. There is also another problem with this concept: these lazy Hollywood movies expect their films to gain a lot of positive attention just because they are casting these popular celebrities, stars, and musicians as their characters, but they end up coming off as oversaturated and inorganic in order to pander to the mainstream audience.

A third flaw with live action is that they invest a lot of money into the budget, recording the scenes, and animating special effects, and they usually end up looking very poor in quality and unappealing to the viewers. The 2019 Cats musical and the original trailer of the Sonic the Hedgehog received a ton of backlash and controversy because the audience hated how they took fictional cartoon animal characters and designed them as humanly proportioned as possible. The cats in the musical looked like unused concept ideas from the 2003 adaptation of The Cat in the Hat. The “cats” resembled mutated feline human hybrids more than cats. The original 2019 design for Sonic was heavily bashed for failing to make an anthropomorphic animal from a video game fit with the real world. His design ended up poorly clashing with the real life setting the movie was putting him in. His eyes were shrunken and dilated; his muzzle was fused into his skin; he had human-sized hands that were gloveless, contrasting with his overly large ones from the games, and he had human legs with visible knees, calves and ankles. This design for the hypersonic rodent had gotten so much universal disapproval that the creators delayed the movie’s release date by two months to redesign Sonic and make him resemble his video game counterpart more. Once the redesign was shown, all the hate had subsided, and the viewers were finally satisfied with Sonic’s appearance.

Animated films are generally more well-received than live action ones because they do not require casting a specific person to play a character; all the editors and artists have to do is draw and animate the character, which still takes a lot of time, but since the creators can draw and design these characters from scratch, it allows them to draw and create almost whatever they want. The animators and artists have a lot more freedom due to the unlimited confines of using their imagination. They do not have to bide a bunch of time for auditions to cast the best actor for multiple roles.
Continuing on with appearances and designs, animated movies are just more visually appealing, especially if they were the original adaptations of a movie or series. For example, Disney’s original Beauty and the Beast is considered among many to be one of Disney’s best films for a number of reasons. The looks and designs of the characters are well drawn, and the characters are very expressive. You can easily distinguish their personality and traits just by looking at their appearance and their eyes due to them being more emotive.

Sources that further go into detail about the advantages of animated produced films state, “When an animated film is made well, it gives off a magical, comforting sort of quality. Watching a solid animated feature for the first time feels like finding something I didn’t know I’d lost.” “Take Sony’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse for example. The superhero film, which has a Brooklyn teenager developing spider-like powers and discovering a multiverse of others like him, looks like it was ripped out of a comic book. We’ve seen many live-action Spider-Man movies before; we know they work. Yet none of them have a design that’s as dynamic and easily recognizable.” Bajgrowicz (2021) states that the movie, Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse, looks visually stunning because its animations look very unique as if a comic book strip is being fully animated. This can not be achieved with live action. In that same source, it’s also said that animation is used as an artistic choice as opposed to a mandatory narrative.

Animated movies in conclusion are better due to animation allowing for more diverse art, expansion and creativity while live action has a lot more drawbacks with certain actors, takes and budget which always aren’t used to their full potential (Ileman, 2016)

Bajgrowicz, B. (2021, June 11). It’s time to recognize just how darn good animated movies can be. Mashable. https://mashable.com/article/great-animated-movies

Ilemann, S. (2016, April 7). Why Animation is Better than Live Action Video. Simpleshow. https://simpleshow.com/blog/why-animation-is-better-than-live-action-video/