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Back in the Day Part 2 - Animated vs Live Comic Book Movies

posted Aug 31, 2015, 1:59 PM by Anjuan Simmons
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.

From: (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
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   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
   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