The best animated movies are often the ones that are the most visually interesting, according to a study of more than 2,000 films released between 1990 and 2010.
“The animals in the films are depicted in an entertaining way and are clearly animated, with clear expressions, facial expressions and movements,” said the study’s lead author, Prof. Yves Lefebvre, director of the Center for Visual Effects at the Université de Bruxelles.
“Animals are often portrayed as intelligent and social and they seem to be very realistic, but in reality they are often very exaggerated, like cartoon characters,” he told AFP news agency.
The study, published in the journal Evolutionary Biology, found that the best animated films had a higher number of emotions and had a more diverse cast.
“Most of the films were based on science fiction and were meant to be realistic,” Lefevre said.
The research is a reminder that even if you are watching a good movie, there is still a lot more to explore in the world of art, music and other creative endeavours.
“This study shows that the number of animals, and in particular the number and diversity of emotions they display, is very important,” said Dr. Joanna Pouyet, a visual effects supervisor at the National Gallery of Art, whose work has appeared in art museums around the world.
“These studies show that we should be more conscious of our audience and make sure that the films we choose reflect the diverse world that they live in, rather than just be the same film that is in the public domain,” she said.
“In my opinion, these films have a special place in our museum collections because they are about the diversity of life and the diversity we see in the movies,” Pouyaet added.