Cartoon Brew showcases some just for fun test footage for a cartoon version of BONE by animator Andrew Kaiko. Amid Amidi takes the occasion to suggest that Bone would look better in 2D:

Jeff Smith himself recently told a crowd that he would have preferred the film to be hand-drawn except that nobody was willing to put up the money if it wasn’t CG. It’s a pathetic state of affairs when a cartoon creator, who understands his work best, is denied the technique of his choice because of unfounded beliefs about the financial performance of one particular animation technique over the other.


  1. I felt the same way about the animation, Ian, but my guess is that animators wanted to show a lot of range in the short time they had.

  2. The fact that Bone would work better in 2D rather than 3D should be completely obvious. The character designs were all done for a 2D, hand-drawn medium, and (to blunt) they don’t even make sense when modeled as real objects in 3D. It’s like trying to create a 3D model of a cubist painting; it can’t be done, because of the inherent limitations of 3D.

  3. Didn’t any of the financiers see “Princess and the Frog”? Or “Home on the Range” (which, granted, wasn’t a great boffo movie, but did have some excellent animation!)?

    3D is nice, but I like me some variety…

  4. This is very nice for something that was done for the hell of it. The initial look is very eye-pleasing, so much so that it made me expect too much from the animation and the voice work. I don’t care for the photo-realistic elements: the table, plates, food, etc. Though I wouldn’t mind it so much in backgrounds, particularly the lush forests we see throughout the series.
    The CG news is worrisome. Has anything official been seen yet?

  5. They don’t make sense when modelled in 3-D…

    So fans should demand a refund for the red dragon statues they purchased?

    Yes, Jeff Smith should make his film his way. Of course, it will most likely be some form of CGI, since almost all studios use computer systems, even for 2-D.

    Disney/Pixar could do this easily, although the matter of licensing is problematic… Studio Ghibli would be better. Outsource it to Asia, make a trilogy?