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In 2014, 3D animation introduced a new feature that I think is an under appreciated evolution in animated movie making.


I am serious. Rapunzel from Tangled (2011) and Merida from Brave (2012) have very even skin tones and just a couple of freckles. Anna and Elsa from Frozen (2013) have the little reddish, uneven marks that people actually have. It’s subtle (I did a lot of photoshopping to bring it out), but it makes such a difference! That, and the more natural way of producing freckles makes all these HD closeups so very special!

There are unedited (all I did was crop and resize to tumblr post size) caps from Dreamworks’ Rise of the Guardians (2012) and How to Train Your Dragon (2010):



Yeah, as impressive as Elsa and Anna are, they look smooth in comparison to even older characters.  This isn’t anything new, and certainly wasnt introduced this year.  Maybe it was introduced by DISNEY this year.

Disney has never been about skin detail, their characters are usually on a smooth cartoony side that mimics a 2D style.  Thats not really a bad thing, but they certainly arent pioneering skin detail.


AU Where E.RE.N. (Elevated REgeneration Neospecimen) is the result of a genetic experiment in a top secret facility of Biotechnological Research.
PhD graduate Levi is hired to design the procedures necessary to ensure his physiological stability, as well as his correct recovery after the experiments he is subjected to.

Since his tasks tend to get boring after a while, seeing as E.RE.N. does nothing but comfortably float inside his gnotobiotic tank, unconscious for as long as he has been ‘alive’, Levi decides to start talking to him. Just to pass the time and because it can’t possibly hurt. Sometimes he talks about how pointless everything is, sometimes he talks about a movie that he’s recently watched. Sometimes he tells him about his assistant Petra and about Hanji, the security guard, and sometimes he will even go as far as to tell him about his personal life.

Everything remains the same…

Until one day…

E.RE.N. willingly opens his eyes…

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