There are a lot of different kinds of animation and there’s no way I’m going to cover all of them in this short piece.
I love animated movies. Well, I suppose I should say the ones made for children. Most of them. I didn’t have much access to them when I was really little (the only VHS we had were Beauty and the Beast, Lady and the Tramp, Cinderella, and Bambi), but now with this great phenomenon called Netflix I have full access to all the films I only got to see at a friend’s house if I managed to snag an invite to a sleepover. Plus, as a relatively functioning adult, I can go to the store and buy myself cheap $5 movies from Walmart. I stick mostly with Disney nowadays, but Dreamworks and Veggietales both have some great films. My current favorite animated films are The Prince of Egypt, Anastasia, Meet the Robinsons, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Animated television shows are pretty great. Again, the kid ones. I’m not all that interested in South Park or The Simpsons, and the few episodes I’ve seen of Rick and Morty and Bob’s Burgers didn’t impress me. I’m not that well versed in the children’s animated television, so I really only have two that I watch on occasion when I need some lighthearted fun to keep the stress of homework away: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and Phineas and Ferb. I’ve also watched and enjoyed The Clone Wars, but I don’t go back to watch episodes, like I do with the other two. I do intend to watch Avatar: The Last Airbender someday. When I have time and and Amazon account that lets me watch it.
I had a brief stint as an anime nerd, which mostly consisted of me watching Fairy Tail and Hetalia. I enjoyed both, but Fairy Tail got a little too fan service-y and predictable, so I got bored. Hetalia has such short and ridiculous episodes that it’s easy for me to go back and watch one when I have 5 minutes to spare. Another anime series I watched and really enjoyed was The Lovely Complex. One I didn’t enjoy was Ouran Host Club. It just didn’t fit my preferences, I suppose.
I realize this is more of an article on cartoons than animation, isn’t it?
I have every respect for animators of every type and kind. I am amazed by the work they do, especially as someone who can only draw stick figures. Being able to draw is one thing (and a very awesome talent), but being able to draw and construct so that something can move fluidly and not look incredibly strange? That’s something else, and the people who do it deserve every compliment they get.
What are your thoughts on animation? What do you think about my tastes when it comes to this topic? Is this article more about cartoons than animation? There is a difference between the two, right? Please let me know in the comments!