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Avatar and the changing face of Animation

It’s the most expensive movie ever made. James Cameron’s 3-D animated extravaganza, ‘Avatar’. The sci-fi flick–which tells the story of an injured U.S. Marine (Sam Worthington) who travels to a distant moon called Pandora in hopes of regaining use of his legs–cost over $300 million to make, which means to make its money back this has to be one big blockbuster. Thankfully for Cameron and Co., the early reviews have been great.

Throughly virtual (more than 60% of the film is CGI), filming took place in New Zealand, at Stone Street Studios in Wellington, the same place where Peter Jackson shot that other sci-fi superfilm, ‘Lord of the Rings’. Meanwhile, Kaua’i in Hawaii played the films lush rainforests.
And its not the only animated flick to hit theaters this month — Disney is making its return to hand-drawn animation with ‘The Princess and the Frog,’ the first of Disney’s 49 feature films to star an African-American character. The film tells the story of a young girl (voiced by Anika Noni Rose), who kisses a frog with unexpected results. Instead of the frog turning into a prince, she turns into a frog and the two have to travel throughout New Orleans to set things straight.
How do you take your animation — virtual or the old fashioned way?

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