I've been thinking recently about how incredibly similar looking Disney's stuff is in a lot of its films.
It makes me doubt how I draw cartoons myself. The following pictures are from Glen Keane's blog which is here
Across films with characters from different cultures, different countries,
different species, they all look the same. Look at their face shapes.
Heart/diamond shaped faces with floofy bouncy hair and big round eyes.
Sure, Disney is a company. They make cartoons and characters that will appeal and sell to the masses. Their goal is to make as much money as physically possible. But, is this good? Everything they produce is similar. Without colours and just looking at lines, the characters below could all be from the very same film.
|The Fox and the Hound|
|Oliver and Company|
Of course Glen Keane's stuff sells. Its gorgeous. But surely someone along the way had a more original idea for a character. Above are main character roles from 6 different films, all of which he has designed. He has worked on many more besides this- these are just a few I plucked out the air.
I don't know... when I was young, to draw things like Disney was what I always aspired to. Yet, now- it just seems all too samey. Of course, the characters and films are beautiful and there is barely a single one I dislike. But that's not the point.
It seems that Disney has copyrighted everything, including its style. In the past when I've just been drawing freehand stuff for me- I've been criticized to have copied Disney. I hadn't.
To be original you have to draw things in a really outlandish way- say Tim Burton's stuff- before that I doubt there had been much in the way of animation quite like his- not that I know much about it, I don't really like his style so much.
But, what if you just want to draw things that are cute, not over-stylized, with plausible anatomy and still appealing? You instantly start walking into Disney territory. Thats what I want to do, without being whinged at that I'm copying Disney, when I haven't even watched a Disney film for weeks :P
Maybe I'm being paranoid but I remembered this short scene from Pochontas earlier and looked at my own little Ozzy and ...