Unlike the computer-rendered fare that has carved out a cozy living for Disney's Pixar and rival DreamWorks Animation
If you caught Time Warner's
Unfortunately, the movie didn't necessarily vindicate the medium. It proved to be a big hit for IMAX
New animation tricks are never enough to carry a film. You need a good story to tell, and you need to tell it well. A Scanner Darkly was one of last year's biggest flops, raking in just $7.7 million in ticket sales worldwide. The flick tried its hand at rotoscoping, in which live action is filmed and then animated over. Yes, it's the same process that Charles Schwab
Zemeckis has held up better with performance capture technology. Beyond The Polar Express, he also crafted Sony's
There's nothing wrong with that. Capturing performance capture? That's the name of the game.
Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz loves the art of animated filmmaking. Yes, he owns shares of DreamWorks Animation and Disney. He is also part of the Rule Breakers newsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early. The Fool has a disclosure policy.