If you ask me – not that anyone ever does, but IF you asked me – then I’d say that animation is superior to live action. In fact, I think that’s where everything is eventually headed: you’ll have your ultra-realistic CIG on one side, your cartoon animation on the other end of the scale, and live action will be a thing of the past. No paying stunt men. No dealing with cold or heat, or spending tons getting camera equipment to a special international filming location. Just computers and voice actors… until they get replaced by automation, that is.
Automation: it’s the way of the future. And I’m especially looking forward to it in terms of kitchen design and installation, because it’ll be cheaper and more efficient. I think I this inner craving was ignited when I sat down with my niece to watch that one movie about the mouse helping the Italian chef make special pasta sauce. I think it was called Mouse-a-Telli, but the main thing was that the animation was gorgeous and the kitchen design equally so.
They spent a lot of time in the kitchen making sauce, and I know the film is something of a period piece, but retro is so in. It was this beautiful early 20th-century Italian kitchen, and I wanted every bit of it. The wood finish, the hanging pots, the roaring open fireplace… that said, I’d apply modern safety standards to my open fireplace, and also have a proper, top-of-the-range oven. There are ways to conceal modern kitchen appliances, right? I’d have to ask someone who does real kitchen design, as I’m sure the animators did when the film was being made.
So yeah. Lucky for them, they could just design the perfect kitchen without any consideration for cost or space, because that’s the power of animation. I suppose their was also great emotional tension and beautifully created worlds and all that. I don’t know, I was too busy ogling the kitchen.