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Post by dkwroot » Thu Aug 06, 2015 2:47 am

I recently stumbled across this little gem. I was astonished by how smooth the animation was and how they incorporated 2d with 3d so seamlessly. I highly recommend checking it out.

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Post by jahnocli » Thu Aug 06, 2015 10:59 am

Beautiful.
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Post by drumlug13 » Thu Aug 06, 2015 12:16 pm

Here's a quick interview that was posted last month. I can't wait to see it.

http://www.cartoonbrew.com/interviews/s ... 13621.html
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Post by 3deeguy » Fri Aug 28, 2015 10:03 pm

drumlug13 wrote:Here's a quick interview that was posted last month. I can't wait to see it.

http://www.cartoonbrew.com/interviews/s ... 13621.html
Hand drawn, no CGI. Wow.
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Post by Barry Baker » Mon Oct 26, 2015 1:57 pm

This looks excellent!
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Post by SimplSam » Fri Nov 22, 2019 3:28 pm

It finally got released on 8 November 2019.

It's getting great reviews everywhere.

Amazing work all round. Very inspirational.
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Post by Greenlaw » Fri Nov 22, 2019 5:52 pm

Yeah, Klaus is a beautiful movie!

The movie was screened at my workplace last week, and the director Sergio Pablos and animator James Baxter did a presentation about it and explained the unusual look of the film.

For the characters, they basically hand-created splines over hand-drawn 2D animation to create lighting effects normally seen in 3D animation, like ambient occlusion, subsurface scattering, radiosity, etc. The result is 2D animation that looks incredibly painted and modeled. This process would normally be painstakingly tedious but they used custom software that can track the lines in the drawings accurately and blazingly fast. But regardless of the digital tracking assistance, the artists' still had to 'light' these drawings by hand, and their mastery of the technique is impressive.

There's 3D animation in the film too, mostly the backgrounds and props, and the seamless blending of 2D and 3D techniques is amazing. When asked, the director refuses to label the movie 2D or 3D animation, he simply wants to call it animation...and he's absolutely right.

Besides the cool look of the movie, I liked the story a lot. It's an interesting take on the 'origin' story--not at all about a magical character but rather about how a non-magical character's story becomes the mythology. And told in a funny way too. :)
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