Majin Gojira wrote:
And I'm sitting here wondering if you all are crazy. The animation was fluid and detailed with minimal stretch-and-shift and it still holds up as good hand drawn cell animation.
Is there better? Sure. But I think people are mistaking the crispness of computer-colored/shaded animation with a universal stamp of "Good". It allows them to spend more time checking for other errors, certainly, but to say it aged badly is just outright wrong, not when there's Flash-based animation on TV at least
"Good" animation is fluid, detailed and consistent. That's about the main criteria there is. There's errors to look for in those areas, and Gargoyles suffers from them extremely rarely to non-existent. They do happen, but that's the price of TV animation in general. And from what I've seen (I re-watched the series recently), their use of non-amation/limited animation was minimal, compared to say . . . He-Man. And that animation wasn't so good to begin with due to its overall stiffness/rigidity. That was bad even at the time compared to something like Jonny Quest which, while it might LOOK stiff, worked around it and made it work.
That said, some modern stuff really does out class it: Korra is amazingly detailed to the point where it's High end OVA quality. The characters rarely stop moving and remain consistent!
Sorry, I practiced animation for several summers back in high school--even worked on some HBO kids shorts the teachers were commissioned (Yup, free student labor). So, yeah, I rather not knock old animation just for being 'old' and cell shaded rather than Computer shaded.
Nostalgia is a funny thing, when I rewatch some old Batman:TAS clips the animations seems "bad" compared to what I remember as back when I was watching it as a kid my mind "filled in the blanks" so to speak, so that it seems alot better in my memories then it actually was.
that's not to say that gargoyles wasn't generally fairly good in terms of animations quality (there were some episodes that weren't as good and others that were better then the averge).
I used batman:TAS as an example as I never saw Gargoyles when it first aired (it either never aired here or I just missed it back then), so I don't have nostalgia for gargoyles (having seen it first as an adult).
hell it doesn't even that to be animated to have that effect, alot of the early TNG effects seems really poor now, as you compared to modern effects (even models effects not just CGI), but they're pretty decent, especially for the time, when viewed objectivly.