Stick to 2D Animation!!

By Rachell Carbajal

From Anime to Disney movies, the debate on 2D or 3D animation has always been in the waters. Back on October 19, the Walt Disney Studio uploaded a 1:41 minute official trailer of the 2021 movie, Diary of a Wimpy Kid came out (which will be released on Disney Plus on December 3, 2021), and people were not happy about it. When I first watched the trailer, I thought it was alright but I soon realized how terrible it was. I’ve been a fan of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books and movies, but I was extremely disappointed at this trailer leading to my main point, companies/studios should never switch animation paths. Especially when you start in 2D and switch up to 3D. For example, Diary of a Wimpy Kid from the start has always been 2D, and it was great! Even when the movies came out (they were a mix of 2D and live action) they made it work so well! But this trailer which was in 3D did not have the same look and feel because it’s just always been 2D. Another example of an unfortunate case : Studio Ghibli Films. Ever since I was a kid, watching Spirited Away was just a dream (a good one of course) every time I watched it. It was mainly because of Studio Ghibli’s signature look; 2D animation. In the beginning Studio Ghibli’s best work was always 2D. But in 2020 a new producer was hired and completely changed up Studio Ghilbi’s signature look. Released on December 3, 2020; “Earwig and the Witch,” got a huge slap in the face by not only critics, but die-hard Studio Ghilbi fans! When I watched the trailer for this movie, I was in complete shock; everything was bad. To the dialogue, look, feel, motion of the characters,  everything was completely out of place. In my opinion, if you start at 2D animations and it’s going great, please stick with that animation path. Or you can always start with shorter small films (with a different style) to see how it works. What do you think? Should studios switch to different animation paths from their original animation path?