It seems like most of the world's major animation studio has completely given up on hand-drawn animation, shifting solely to the world of CGI to get the job done.
Pixar does a great job with it, but the nonstop flood of horrid Pixar wannabe feature films is really making me wonder when this trend will finally fucking die.
The most recent hand-drawn animated feature film I have seen was Ponyo. It made me wish more studios were willing to put that much effort into an animated film.
The problem I have with most CGI animated films is that it seems to me like very little heart is put into them. Not just in the animation front, but in levels of writing, direction and production as well. Most of them seem to me to have been produced just to cash in on a market of young audiences who are suckered in by a great looking trailer.
And 3-D is something I never was much of a fan of, either. I don't want to pay admission price for a gimmick, I want a decent film if I'm going to pay that much for admission.
I was wondering if there were others here who think that the quality of animated films was on a steady decline over the last decade. Looking at IMDB, there's several CGI animated films hitting the multiplexes by the time this summer comes around. I'll be shocked if any of them turn out to be any good.
Then again, this little rant is coming from somebody who always thought The Black Cauldron was one of the best Disney films ever produced.