One Little Tweet About Pixar Animation Has Created One Heck Of a Firestorm

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We have come a long way when it comes to animation. What began as classic, hand-drawn animation has transformed into incredibly lifelike computer animation. Even in terms of computer animation itself, things move quickly. Pixar amazed everyone when it released Toy Story in 1995 — the first film that was completely computer-animated. We now have such great technology that we can give characters curly hair and even see each strand of fur on an animal. Things have truly changed — but some are debating whether it has gotten better or worse.

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On March 11, Disney/Pixar will release its newest film, Turning Red. It tells the story of a young girl who transforms into a giant red panda when her emotions get the best of her. The film will examine what it truly means to be a young girl going through a ton of changes, the good, the bad, and the ugly. As the film gets closer to its release date, a fierce debate has erupted on Twitter. There are some who feel that Pixar animation and production has decreased in quality over the years, and there are those who fully believe the opposite.

Turning Red

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The back and forth seems to have started when Twitter user @Bolverk15 tweeted an image from Turning Red and hated the animation.

Pixar fell off so f***ing hard ike what the fuvk even is that.

I would be embarrassed to have my name attached to this project, I’d legitimately ask to have my name removed from the credits

This is bad and everyone involved should feel bad

That tweet kicked off one heck of a debate. Many were shocked to hear the original poster make such a claim. They shot back with images of older Pixar movies and compared them with current animation.

Andrew, The lark (@king_of_limb) shared a picture of Scud — Sid’s dog in Toy Story — showing how not very realistic early computer animation used to be.

bro pixar thought this was a dog in 1995

Jean-Denis Haas believed that the original tweet merely showed that the original poster does not know as much about animation as he thinks he knows.

Not every style is for everyone, but if you think that Pixar’s animation and production quality has declined then… tell me you don’t know as much about animation as you think without telling me that you don’t know as much about animation as you think…

While many were shocked that someone would think Pixar’s quality has diminished over the years, there were some who understood where the OP was coming from. Actually_Tina believes that Disney purchasing the company has a lot to do with it.

Eh I don’t agree with Bol’s take but I don’t think its a stretch to say that Pixar kind of has diminished in quality over the years from when they were independent. Idk if that’s unpopular or not but I sometimes get regular Disney studio movies confused for their films now

Twitter user Col (@AgathasTheme) found the entire debate incredibly disheartening, saying that she felt the debate only happened because the movie focused on a young girl who is a person of color. She pointed out that Luca — another Pixar movie just released last year — had the same style and was directed by a white man, but this same debate didn’t happen.

Whether or not you agree with the original poster, one thing is for certain. Animation has drastically changed over the years. Pixar is one of the leading studios in this type of animation, and many of its films have been nominated for prominent awards. All that remains to be seen is if people love Turning Red as much as they have loved Pixar films of the past.

What do you think about the current state of Pixar? Do you think it has gotten better or worse? 

About Krysten Swensen

A born and bred New England girl living the Disney life in Southern California. I love to read, to watch The Golden Girls, and love everything to do with Disney and Universal. I also love to share daily doses of Disney on my Disney Instagram @BrazzleDazzleDisney!