TAIPEI (The China Post) – As technology continues to improve, squeezing 20 hours’ worth of gameplay into 90 minutes just doesn’t work anymore.
With improvements in CGI, directors believe that they need to make classic 2D characters “alive” in order to impress the audience nowadays.
It is obvious that the director of “Detective Pikachu” Rob Letterman nailed the transformation. Whether Pikachu or Psyduck, the designs have gradually gained support from longtime fans of Pokémon series, even though they received negative comments initially.
That’s not the case for “Sonic the Hedgehog.” The realistic design of Sonic has attracted worldwide criticism.
美國網路媒體《The Verge》也採訪到《名偵探皮卡丘》的導演Rob Letterman，請他談談自己對觀眾兩極的反應有什麼看法。「我15分鐘前才聽說了他們的窘境，決定在上映前幾個月改變主角設計可不是件容易的事。
U.S. media The Verge, which interviewed the director of “Detective Pikachu” regarding the intense backlash online, quoted Rob Letterman as saying that “it wouldn’t be an easy job of redesigning the main character a few months before roadshow.
“It would be very difficult for us to redesign anything. There’s no right or wrong to how you make one of these movies. We spent a year designing all the characters ahead of shooting so that we could get it all right. If we changed anything on Pikachu, all actors would need to redo the shots. For us, it would have been impossible — but that doesn’t mean they can’t do it. I wouldn’t want to be in their shoes — they’re in a difficult spot.”
Letterman and his team looked into all possibilities to maintain as much of the original design of the Pokémons in the movie, not just because of paying respect to one of the most popular franchises of the last two decade, but they also want to treat all Pokémon design as human character design.
Their team used almost 2 years researching real living animals and collaborated closely with the design team of The Pokémon Company.
Why would there be such a difference between the two movies? That would be due to the attitude and ideas that the two different teams have towards how to adapt the characters. Of course, both of them are the meticulous work of the directors and hope both would receive good box office result.