Doraemon's First CGI Movie
by, 10th February 2014 at 08:48 AM (8359 Views)
When checking Wikipedia on Doraemon's films, partly to see what is the next annual film for the robot cat, it surprised me to find out that the next one (this year) is going to be CGI instead of the hand-drawn animation like the previous ones. It's not just 2D CGI, but it will be in 3D, like those Pixar films. It's strange to learn about this, but it's cool to know this, since Doraemon is a childhood favourite character.
(EDIT: My mistake, the annual movie is another 2D movie, this time a remake of an old one. The CGI movie is standalone from what I can tell)
Here's a trailer:
I suppose it's only natural for Doraemon to delve into the third dimension some time, being an evolving series about a future cat. I am grateful that they used the original manga models instead of the second series anime's one, because I felt that it didn't quite feel right, compared to the manga. Yes, usually the anime gets more attention, but I mainly read the Doraemon manga, which is why I prefer the manga's style (Doraemon's pupils are bigger in the manga, as shown by a white dot in the middle).
There is one thing that struck me as odd. In that 3D movie, Nobita's eyes are very different from his cartoon counterpart. I would say it's the way his spectacles look by default. Basically, if you directly translate his face into real life, the spectacles would be more like an eye mask (yet it will look like spectacles once removed). Perhaps the fact that Nobita removes his spectacles in the film is the reason they have to make the spectacles more realistic. It does look uncanny, yes, but it gives 3D Nobita a distinct look. I would go out and say that Nobita's mother would have the same treatment, so I can't wait to see how 3D Mrs. Nobi look like.
The other characters look fine in translation. Gian is looking fine although I can't see how his eyes look like, Suneo looks like the cartoon counterpart, Shizuka and Dekisugi look gorgeous (as they should), and Doraemon is as expressive and cute as ever, if slightly different in 3D.
Before I finish this, I would like to show you a short that is animated in 3D (it's in Chinese, though). It's notably lower quality than the movie, but it was made years ago anyway. The short is basically about Nobita bonding with a dandelion with the help of a special eyewear that allows him to see living things as sentient and hear what they say.
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