Thursday, February 18, 2016

Gravity Falls to a close.

This past Monday, my favorite cartoon aired it's final episode.  Alex Hirsch's Disney Channel mystery show, "Gravity Falls," concluded with an hour long special, called "Weirdmageddon part 3."  In this episode, the Pines family puts an end to an evil dream demon's plans, resulting in saving the world from the apocalypse.  While I don't want to spoil too much about the episode, I wanted to discuss one part of it with very striking animation.  During a dream sequence in the episode, the dream demon, known as Bill Cipher meets his misfortune, which leads to him morphing into a bunch of strange shapes and figures.  These transformations look smooth, as well as very high budget, especially for a hand-drawn cartoon.  If you watch around 2:16, you'll see the sequence:

If you're a fan of the show, but you have yet to watch the finale, then I suggest you do not watch this clip, for there are heavy spoilers.

This little sequence gives me so much hope for the future of hand-drawn animation.  Many cartoons are done digitally now, which is great, because those cartoons look great too, but they don't always capture that same essence that can be found in hand-drawn.  Hopefully sequences like this will keep making animators continue to use it in their future projects.

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