I was actually thinking the other day about how Robert Zemeckis used to be at the forefront of visual effects technology. Roger Rabbit, Back To The Future II, Death Becomes Her, and even What Lies Beneath (the car chase) used to leave people breathless with wonder. With his performance capture stuff (Polar Express, Beowulf, A Christmas Carol) it seems like a medium he just can’t get right, and now with the announcement of this sequel comes the added bonus that Zemeckis’ uninspired performance capture will play a role in the new Rabbit sequel.

The original writers, Jeffrey Price and Peter S. Seaman, are working on the script and Zemeckis stated he wouldn’t dimensionalize the Toon Town characters; they’ll still be two-dimensional animation. I can actually see a story where newer CG inspired animation meet up with traditional animated characters, and I think that would actually be a really interesting film with incredible possibilities. However, I’m also worried Zemeckis will just make all the human characters performance-capture and lose the essence of what made the interactions in the first film so special.

Think about it: how awesome would it be to see traditional animation interacting with human characters in 2009? One that doesn’t suck like Garfield or Alvin and The Chipmunks, anyway. Here’s hopin.

-Brian

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Source: http://www.mtv.com/movies/news/articles/1625215/story.jhtml

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