What Not to do When Making an Animated Movie

Avery Steadham, Staff Writer

To preface, I have no previous experience with animation. I’ve never drawn a moving picture. I don’t even know how you’d start. I’m merely stating an opinion that shouldn’t be taken seriously. Now that we’re out of the way with that, let’s begin.

2019 came out with some absolute masterpieces of animation cinematography; some examples are Detective Pikachu (I’m counting this because it was, in large part, animated), The Lego Movie 2, Pets 2, Toy Story 4, Alita Battle Angel, Onward’s trailer, and a few others. What I’m defining as a good animated movie is when the animation doesn’t make you want to barf and actually looks good. However, 2019 came out with… less than subpar movies; examples are Aladdin (blue Will Smith still haunts my dreams), Sonic (before the internet bullied them into changing it), Lion King (the original actually had facial expressions), Cats (do I need to explain), and even more. I’m not sure how these movies are being given the OK, but they shouldn’t have even been conceptualized. So here I am, a 16 year old nobody from Conway, Arkansas, trying to explain to major film corporations how to do their jobs.

Avery’s steps to not be Disney:


  1. Don’t add features through CGI to already human humans.
    • De-aging is an unwelcome sight when we’ve been used to someone’s appearance for several years.
    • Cat ears and fur shouldn’t be added; it doesn’t help anything. Costumes would’ve worked much better.
    • Making a beloved actor blue and try to replace Robin Williams is a big no-no.
  2. Don’t add human characteristics to non-humans
    • Hedgehogs with human teeth aren’t ok, and that ought to be clear.
  3. Don’t ruin everyone’s childhood by remaking beloved movie treasures.
    • Literally everything that Disney’s done through their own name (excluding what they’ve done with Pixar. Pixar can keep doing what they’re doing; they have never done anything bad).


That should do it! You’re all set to go out into the real world and make a hit animated movie! While you won’t make nearly ¼ of what Disney makes per movie, you should still feel proud that you’re way ahead of them in the quality department.