quadropeds on 2 legs - eerie !but i love ringlings tradition of putting out films rather than animation tests.
I agree, I was responding to an email about that actually:"... the acting is so human, why have animals as characters then? It's just a guy in an animal suit. Completely missed the opportunity to do something a bit more nuanced, like in Ratatouille where you get the crossover between human and animal acting."But it's still really well animated.
I'm not sure if it's the fact that quadruped on 2 legs that is taking away it's appeal... Seeing Madagascar has the characters sometimes walking on two and sometimes four, Open Season too, and Baloo, Kung Fu Panda, Over the Hedge, Presto's Alek and so on.. It may have a lot to do with the design itself. I have other friends that commented more about the character design than the acting, it's all nice but the limbs, fingers and all were so human like it kind of become a bit eerie here and there. Regardless, like you said it's still really well animated!
bears have the ability to stand up, so baloo and boog dont look weird, when they walk on 2 legs.you are right - its about the character design.the dreamworks animals, are designed to look caricatured, ofcourse, if you remmember 'barnyard' that still looked weird.but when those animals walk or do any other activties - they maintain the physical limitations of the animal - for eg, a horse (thankfully) wont have fingers.it also has to do with the weight. or the animation reference...if the animator tries to aplly the same laws of physics on an animal, the result will be something close to what we see.if the design is caricatured, the movement can not afford to be realistic (not to be confused with being believeable)just my 2cents..
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