Do you love it when 3D movies include one or a few 2D scenes? I do! In March 2016, I made an article with 10 examples of 2D scenes found in 3D movies. It seems like recent movies have continued to adopt this technique. Here are ten new examples.
Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) tells the story of Kai and Oogway in a beautiful parchment style.
Angry Birds (2016) depicts the characters dreaming about Mighty Eagle in 2D.
Trolls (2016) opens with a beautiful scrapbook, which is actually 2D stop-motion!
Rock Dog (2016) has a cool-looking 2D opening.
Moana (2016) uses 2D for Maui’s tattoos and in the second half of “You’re Welcome”.
The Snow Queen (2012) has a 2D flashback explaining the story of Olm.
In Mune: Guardian of the Moon (2014), the dream world is hand-drawn.
The Little Prince (2015) already mixes CG with papercraft stop-motion, but it also features a brief 2D introduction, using the original drawings from the book.
The Guardian Brothers (2016) tells the story of the Nian with an animated mural.
Sahara (2017) has a very psychedelic snake charming trance that is mostly 2D.
I’m happy to see animation studios experimenting with different animation styles. I wish they’d push it even further, as I love mixed animation styles. Nevertheless, even short scenes are a fantastic way to keep a little bit of 2D animation in the mainstream.