so as an aside, I loved the dropped-frame animation style of The Lego Movie. It was so effective in evoking stop-motion animation that I didn’t believe it was done entirely in CG. I’m SUPER glad to see it translated to this faux hand animation aesthetic, because it, too, is so evocative of hand animation that at first blush, I didn’t notice it was CG.
Does anyone know anything about this trend, or if there is a shared lineage between the Lego movies and this one? It’s a super smart animation trick! So much of sub-Pixar CG animation is so fluid that it feels strange and overwrought (especially children’s shows), and this neatly sidesteps that side-effect. I know this sounds hyperbolic considering the simplicity of the idea, but it feels like a whole new door for this medium has been opened.