Animation, Domination, Live-Action


Animation is the rapid display of static imagery sequences that create the illusion of life. When we watch an animation, we are gratified by how the action and movement of animation tell a story. Filmmakers try to make movies to tell stories that keep the audience engaged and entertained. When people make live-action movies, they tell a story through acting and storytelling, but it lacks something that animation has. Animation emphasizes emotion, which causes the audience to be more interested in the plot of the movie compared to live-action film. This is why I believe that Animated movies are better than live-action movies.


The first reason animated movies are better is that animation is visually captivating to the audience’s eyes. We get to see certain art styles that create more diverse and different worlds and universes compared to live-action films. Like Disney and Dreamworks films, we can distinguish the art style by which industry made the feature film, whether 2D animation, 3D animation, or stop motion. However, in live-action movies, we can’t tell who created the movie since real people in film look repetitively similar since we all see reality every day in my opinion. The way the characters act in animation is much more expressive for the audience to help understand the story. It is much more straightforward than other films. For example, when Disney decided to create “Live-Action” versions of their classic animated feature films, they tended to decrease the value of the movie. For example, when the movie Lion King got “Live Actioned” (realistic 3D rendering), it destroyed and reduced the value of what made the animated Lion King movie great. It became less appealing compared to its animated counterpart. Animated films are unique because they are primarily family-friendly for all ages to enjoy. It is usually something that we have never seen before.



Animation can also be budget-friendly when filming in production. It requires little to no sets since animation can be filmed at any time, while live-action films need a specific time and weather to start filming. Also, it is costly to create environments, backgrounds and sets physically to accommodate the movie. Live-action films require certain actors who look the part, making it challenging to find the perfect person for the role to play a specific character. Voice actors in animation are much easier to find and can use their voice to make the drawn character believable and alive. Any voice actor could create the illusion of what the character sounds or acts like. Animation does not require hair and make-up, costumes, or stunt doubles like live-action films. Live-action films require these necessities, which lead to certain risks for the actors, including injury or death on set. Animated films need drawings of characters and background settings with the help of pictures, pixels, concept art, and digital art programs. Some live-action movies became better because of the involvement of animation. In the film, “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” live-action was improved through the help of animation. It added excitement with the illusion of animation integrated in real life. Some live-action movies, usually in the sci-fi and fantasy genre, use 3D animation or stop motion to create great special effects to make creatures that look real even though fictional. It creates a world that the audience wants to engage in. Without animation, films would never be appealing as they are today.


In conclusion, Animated movies tend to have more versatility than live-action films. Live-action movies may be the parents of the film industry, but animated movies are the children who got influenced by live-action movies and adapted so much that it outshined live-action movies to the point where viewers favor them more. On occasion, animation helps live-action movies look better, and live-action has limits, but animation has no limits.