I've noticed some (not all!) classical (Western-style) 2D animators (especially) seem to have some sort of malice towards/aren't big fans of Japanese anime. I'm a 3D animation student, but a lot of the tutors at my school are also classical 2D animators (as in, drawing frame by frame, by hand on paper, using the flipping technique). Anyway, from what I've gathered I would guess the main issue is perhaps the difference in animation technique, and how fluid the animation is - I'm not saying one style is superior over the other - as far as I'm concerned animation is animation, whether it's good/bad, boring/exciting/enjoyable is up to the viewer. I just wanted to mention this - Which, leads me to my reply to the thread topic:
One thing that's been said to me by a 3D animation tutor who's also trained in 2D (well, this was said to someone else but I happened to be in the room at the time) was (IIRC) 'I hate manga, er... anime, 'look at me only my mouth is moving while my jaw stays still' and 'it's crap' (from memory, but something along the lines of this). That's like generalizing all anime and forming one ignorant opinion on it. That comment really annoyed me. Not just because it was about anime - and yeah there is some crap anime out there, but guh! That's sorta like saying...for instance, all classical music is crap because you heard one piece or something in it you didn't like and so assume all classical music is like that. Pfft. So, I said 'yeah well all pc gaming is crap'. (which is untrue, but just to get my point across). By the way, he later apologised and admitted he does like some 'manga stills', and I apologised too.
While I'm at it, this hostility between Western anime and Japanese (in particular) anime is silly. As to which style one prefers, well that's up to personal preference I guess. IMO, as long as it's visually entertaining, and enjoyable etc, who cares what style it's in? Anime = アニメ short for アニメーション (animeeshon), which means, you guessed it, animation. We've adapted to differentiating Western and Japanese animation by 'anime' and 'cartoons', most of us thinking they're different, but really they're technically the same thing. I must admit I tend to refer to them as 'anime' and 'cartoons', but only for the sake of specifically referring to one style or the other. I know they're the same thing. So yeah... People have their own interpretations and whatnot, which is fine, but this is how I see it
All in all, the main thing is to produce an entertaining piece of work for people to enjoy, which both anime and Western animation do. So gaah people. (not you people - them..!) Okay I'm ranting/venting so I'll shut up - sorry! (><;
QUOTE (Animeoldtimer @ Mar 26 2010, 09:23 AM)
"Your to old to be watching anime."
This caught my eye (and I hope I'm not going off topic here). The thing is, the animators, the writers, the creators are all adults, and are obviously fans of anime/cartoons themselves (or else they wouldn't be working in the animation industry), so saying something like 'you're too old to be watching anime' is well, redundant and wrong, really. Might as well say to the creators 'you're too old to be creating anime/cartoons'...>_>
And with that and my rant - my two cents :I