Good Grief. I was excited about the sequel to Roger Rabbit when I heard the original writers came on board to write it, and Robert Zemekis said he would use traditional 2D animation. Now in a recent interview he comes out and says that he is going to use the motion capture technology that he has used for his last three movies, The Polar Express, Beowulf, and A Christmas Carol. The 2D characters will remain in 2D, but the live action characters will be replaced by the 3D motion capture animation. According to Zemekis:
All the other characters that [the cartoons] would sort of have fun with would be magnificent in performance capture technology.
See, I don't think it would look that magnificent. I think it will take all the magic out of the movie. Here is a real world where cartoons interact with real live people, that's the magic. If you take the real live people out of the eqation the magic is gone. 2D cartoons interacting with 3D renderings of people just doesn't seem right. He goes on to say:
I wouldn't use it for the cartoon characters, because I think they should stay two-dimensional because that's what — I wouldn't dimensonalize Roger, and I couldn't dimensonalize Jessica even if I wanted to because she doesn't have a nose. We wouldn't want to give her a nose.
So pretty much the sequel to Roger Rabbit is just going to be a motion capture film with some 2D characters. Zemekis has frustrated me with his motion capture addiction. Why can't he use real live people for this one? Motion capture won't work? He is replacing real looking people for fake looking people, why just not use the real people?
What do you think about all this motion capture madness?
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