Sunday, March 5, 2023

How To Milk Your Franchise

Last week Universal Studios announced plans to produce a live action version of the 2010 CGI animated film How To Train Your Dragon.


I'm goin' into Old Man Rant Mode here, but why does every animated film have to get the big budget live action treatment? Can't studios come up with any new ideas, and leave their old classics alone?

Or course we all know the answer— money. Every time Disney craps out a live action version of one of their animated films, it grosses a billion dollars at least. Universal clearly wants a piece of that sweet, sweet live action pie.

But hold on a minute here... How To Train Your Dragon is a fully animated CGI film from Dreamworks. As such, every frame of it was created in a computer. Every character, human and dragon alike, was CGI.

By necessity, this live action version is also gonna contain a hefty amount of CGI. It's a given that all the dragons in the film will be computer animated characters. Likewise, the sprawling fantasy environments will also be generated inside a computer.

The only actual live action elements in the movie will be the human characters. It would not be an exaggeration to state that 99% of everything else in the film will be CGI. And correct me if I'm wrong, but... don't we already have a fully CGI version?

So what the hell's the point of this "live action" remake?

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