My first introduction to the animation director Don Bluth was The Land Before Time. I had it on VHS, and I watched that so many times it wasn’t funny. There are still some warm memories that come to mind as I think back on it. The days of my childhood, when I didn’t have to worry endlessly about my finances and my future. Doesn’t help that I live in a country without universal healthcare, because it’s full of retards who believe that it magically wouldn’t work here. You know, while it is working in every other 1st World nation. Idiots. I remember Littlefoot’s mother dying, and how that made me tear up. Didn’t help that that film had an incredible score to accentuate the scene.
Later on, I came to Don Bluth’s absolute masterpiece – The Secret of NIMH. The tale of Mrs. Brisby and her mission to save her son and her family. It’s a heart-warming story. For all the SJWs bitching about the lack of strong female characters, I don’t hear her name come up much. I guess because she’s a mouse, she isn’t a strong mother who is able to face her fear of circumstances much larger than herself and a mission with no guarantee of success that takes her everywhere she doesn’t want to be. That’s not strong at all.
So when I came upon this little nugget on Twitter, needless to say, it kinda pissed me off.
What’s that, you ask? Why, that’s the new Thundercats design for the reboot cartoon! Yeah, because that doesn’t look like a massive pile of shit. It blows my mind that in universities, people actually believe that a living animation God is outdated and worthy or ridicule. Kinda hurts, too. Look at that crap above you. That’s the kind of animation that gets praised in the modern world. Garbage by Steven Universe loving chodes!
It kinda kills me that 2D animation has died in this country. At least in film. I think back to Don Bluth and old-school Disney. Fantasia is one of my favorite movies. It turned me on to both classical music and 2D animation. Walt Disney originally wanted it to be a series that would keep growing and evolving. There was a sequel, and while it was fine and all, it wasn’t at the same level as the original. It felt like there was something missing. The success of Pixar and this STUPID attitude that the dumb-shit public has about 3D animation being more grown-up than 2D led to Disney eventually ditching their 2D animation studios. How many people can even do anything approaching the level of depth and detail that Bluth was able to have in all of his movies. Even the bad ones.
Which brings me to the fact that Bluth wasn’t perfect. After All Dogs Go to Heaven, he had a run of VERY weird and pretty bad movies that were some of the funniest fodder for The Nostalgia Critic, back when that was still funny. But to say that the man’s style is out-dated and “overflowy” (what the fuck does that even mean?) just hurts me inside. Of course it is. Because why should we value really deep and detailed art, when we can make crap like Thundercats Roar, that looks worse than old Scooby-Doo cartoons. You know, when they were made on the budget of a ham sandwich.
In this age when everyone has to be so holier-than-thou, it really is telling that this attitude has seeped its way into universities. Kinda breaks my heart. Just a little. It’s a sign that the true greatness of 2D animation is never coming back. What I wouldn’t give for someone with some level of ambition to really try and do something great with it. It’s a dream I will have for the rest of my life.
Until next time, a quote,
“Courage of the heart is very rare. The stone has a power when it’s there.” – Nicodemus, The Secret of NIMH