This is part two of a series about post I made as a young college student. Here I discuss whether comic book movies should be animated or live action. Of course, this was in 1995 which was five years before Bryan Singer's first X-Men movie. I have to say, 20 years after I wrote this, that I was completely wrong. Obviously, live action adaptations of comic books can work. In fact, I now think that they can only work using real actors.
Path: nntp.gmd.de!newsserver.jvnc.net!yale.edu!spool.mu.edu!uwm.edu!vixen.cso.uiuc.edu!howland.reston.ans.net!cs.utexas.edu!geraldo.cc.utexas.edu!smf-n14.facsmf.utexas.edu!user From: anj...@mail.utexas.edu (Anjuan Rey Simmons) Newsgroups: rec.arts.comics.xbooks Subject: Animated vs. Live Date: Sat, 11 Feb 1995 20:51:31 -0600 Organization: The University of Texas at Austin Lines: 30 Message-ID: <email@example.com> NNTP-Posting-Host: smf-n14.facsmf.utexas.edu Hello, peoples. I'm not sure if this has been discussed before, but I have read messages about the so-called "X-Cast" for a hypothetical X-Men movie. Well, I maintain that the only way to make a true X-Men movie is to make an animated one. I'm not talking the X-Men cartoon made into a two hour flick, but I mean animation on the level of the <Lion King> or Japanese animation. Why? Comic books should be animated based on the principle of the medium. We have characters who are drawn in ways that no real life person can ever emulate (sometimes too ureal, but that's another thread). Only animation can capture the mirrored metallic skin of Collosus, the claws snikting out of Wolverine's hands, or the bamf of Nightcrawler. I know that Tim Burton's <Batman> was a great success (which is beyond me), but think how well it could have been done with quality animation. Face it, no actor can ever really look like Cyclops or any other character, but animation can make it possible. As I stated already, it would have to be quality animation. Maybe even with computer generated backgrounds using raytracing ala the arcade game <Killer Instinct>. I really think a well done animated movie can do very well in America (look at the legacy of Disney). However, I don't know of any American animation studios (except Disney) who could do it well enough. Maybe it will have to be made in Japan (everything else is). Of course, the choice of voice actors will continue to be a topic to be debated. Well, that's may posting for the week. Discussion is welcome. -- "To whom much is given much is required." Anjuan Rey Simmons Electrical Engineering UT Austin anj...@mail.utexas.edu