Cartoons from 2D to 3D

Peter Rabbit

Peter Rabbit was an illustrated children’s book first published in 1902, both written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter. Miss Potter loved to both write and create art, but during that time a woman in this profession was frowned upon. It took a while for her work to be published, but evidently the adventures of the lovable character Peter Rabbit was released. below is an illustration by Beatrix Potter of her rabbit.

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In 1992 an animation of ‘The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends’ was released. This animation is absolutely beautiful and the style is very much of that of the books. It is like Beatrix Potters illustrations have come to life. The first episode was released in 1992 with the last episode airing in 1995.
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On 19th February 2013 CBeebies and Nicktoon Networks aired the 3D version of Peter Rabbit. This series has brought in a modern look for the characters in personalities and clothing. Although Peter is still easily recognisable with his little blue jacket. The audience is still aimed at young children like the original but with a 21st century flare.

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A noticable change is in the character of Peter’s Mother. She no longer wears the old fashion gown and apron that would have been the style back in the early 1900’s. Instead she wears a flower dress and bright yellow cardigan. However, the care and love for her children has stayed the same.

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Mickey Mouse 

Mickey Mouse has gone through a lot of changes since his first appearance in ‘Steam Boat Willie’ in 1928

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A big change in him was his appearance in Fantasia in 1940 where he appeared in colour wearing different clothing and had been given eye pupils.

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Now Mickey Mouse can be found in 3D in Disney channels, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. There was a few issues with his transition from 2D to 3D, one of which was his ears. His ears are known to always be front facing, never have you see his ears from the side. This feature had to be brought into the 3D version of Mickey.

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 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles first appeared in an American comic book published by Mirage Studios in 1984. They quickly became extremely popular and soon had their own merchandise with the four character action figures. in 1987 the first 2D episodes where released.

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The turtles have had many new series from then and have always kept to a similar style. Their more distinguishable features would be their different colour eye masks. And of course that fact that they are green turtles! In 2012 to present Nickelodeon acquired the global rights to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from the Mirage Group and 4Kids Entertainment, Inc. and announced a new CGI-animated TMNT television series.

I personally think that the 3D version has the most change in all of their versions. It was perhaps to keep the style simple, but I believe they look less like turtles with more rounded faces. The shells have been made alot smaller than the orignal 2D, making them look thinner. If it wasnt for the colour masks and specfic weapons they would be completely different characters.

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The Smurfs 

The smurfs was first released in 1981 as a 2D animated series. Not alot of changes were made to the smurfs until 2011 when the Smurfs movie was released. This had the popular blue smurfs as 3D characters trapped in the real (live action) world.

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I think they did a really good job bring these characters into 3D. They are still easily recognisable and have kept traits for each character.

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Casper first came out in 1995 as an animated series starring a friendly gh

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Sonic the Hedgehog

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Super Mario 

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