How Western Animation Has Changed

In the past, Kotaku has shown how Japanese animation has changed (here and here). But we haven’t really had a look at how Western animation designs have evolved over the years. So let’s do that.

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A while ago, animator Harry Partridge drew this wonderful and fascinating comparison. If you haven’t seen it, it’s worth a look:

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And what it would be like if the two styles were mixed:

The full evolution:

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But what caused this sudden change? Some think it was The Simpsons or The Family Guy, and I’d add King of the Hill to that list. But there is a clear move away from the house styles of Warner Bros. and Hanna-Barbera.

Wonder where Western animation will go from here...

Harry Partridge is a very talented animator, and you can follow him on Twitter here or check out his work on YouTube here.

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Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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DISCUSSION

Man the older animation looked so much better. I never understood modern western animation’s animosity towards character detail. It’s already quite simple and undetailed compared to Japanese anime, why simplify it further.