Pixar’s Cars lost the 2006 Best Animated Feature Oscar to Happy Feet, which used motion capture technology. Their next film, Ratatouille, has a stamp in the credits saying “100% Genuine Animation! No motion capture or any other performance shortcuts were used in the production of this film”

Motion capture

Motion capture performers from Buckinghamshire New University

Video games often use motion capture to animate athletes, martial artists, and other in-game characters. This has been done since the Sega Model 2 arcade game Virtua Fighter 2 in 1994. By mid-1995 the use of motion capture in video game development had become commonplace, and developer/publisher Acclaim Entertainment had gone so far as to have its own in-house motion capture studio built into its headquarters. Namco’s 1995 arcade game Soul Edge used passive optical system markers for motion capture.

Movies use motion capture for CG effects, in some cases replacing traditional cel animation, and for completely computer-generated creatures, such as Gollum, The Mummy, K… Continue Reading (18 minute read)

11 thoughts on “Pixar’s Cars lost the 2006 Best Animated Feature Oscar to Happy Feet, which used motion capture technology. Their next film, Ratatouille, has a stamp in the credits saying “100% Genuine Animation! No motion capture or any other performance shortcuts were used in the production of this film””

  1. JScrambler

    Sounds like Pixar was salty

  2. Cool_Ranch_Dodrio

    That seems like an odd position for an animation studio to come around to in the early 21st century.

    I mean, Rotoscoping was developed way back in 1915.

  3. ManOfLaBook

    As if computer animation is not a short cut over hand drawn cells.

    Making animated movies is expensive and time consuming, short cuts have been used since the beginning.

  4. EloquentSphincter

    Personally, I don’t care how hard it was to make…. I care about the result.

  5. blazingwaffle58

    Question

    Does best animated feature relate to…

    A: best animated film released that year

    Or

    B: best animation quality from that year

    Something I’ve always wondered.

  6. Kenesaw_Mt_Landis

    George Miller.

    Medical doctor.

    Director of Mad Max, Happy Feet 1&2, Babe 2: Pig in the City.

    A wild collection of film and success

  7. BoinkBoinkEtAliae

    I really wanted to like Happy Feet, the cast was amazing. But I just couldn’t get into it. We probably watched Cars, Flushed Away and Over the Hedge hundreds of times and Happy Feet like twice.

  8. OttoManSatire

    Imagine thinking Andy Serkis’ whole career is a “short cut”

  9. bushpotatoe

    Short cut…? Sounds like Pixar is salty they didn’t win. Mocap us just as viable a method as any other.

  10. clockstring

    i too just watched rebeltaxi

  11. PaxNova

    I guess you’d have to eliminate Snow White, since they used rotoscoping to capture live performances.

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