This actually might be one of my favorite JLU episodes. Doomsday is one of the cooler Supeman villains, and I like how in the DCAU, he can talk.
Milo is a chump; I shed no tears when Doomsday offed him.
The fight between Superman and Doomsday was fun to watch, although I felt the ending was a cop-out. Surely Doomsday can break out of hardened lava....
Some people criticize Superman for banishing Doomsday like that, but I don't see why. Superman didn't have much choice.
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Superman is a bit too sensitive to the subject to get past that and appreciate what the people he serves might be feeling.
Though to his credit, while Supes gets hits buttons pushed here and there during the Cadmus arc I think it's fair to say that throughout the story he doesn't get too close to losing his sense of conscience. He does in that brief moment when everyone thought Flash was dead I'm sure, but the key thing was not surrendering to that temptation.
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I sort of take some offense to calling anyone whos an animator professionally to having little skill. Especially overseas guys who must have mountains of work to do with not so great deadlines and conditions. Its a pretty hard to deal with storyboard guys when their in house. I can only imagine it becomes more of a case of lost in translation when the board guys are an ocean away from the animators and overseas directors.
animation is simply that. These guys aren't animators for the babes and bucks, they're animators for the love of it. Sometimes we're good at the things we love and sometimes we are not.
I don't think there's a communication problem, either. The American staff make semi-regular trips to the studios (I think Dos Santos mentioned going over there on the commentary for The Return). There might very well be an issue of micro-managing the animators in that case, though. That might actually be hurting the key animators' work, too.
Then you're standing on a blanket statement. True not everyone is going to be great and some will be bad but just saying they're bad comes across badly. I think this is more a perception thing as well. I remember one of my mentors at school told us that something isn't necessarily bad but the style used comes into the equation. I remember James Tucker saying that when they did the shows they did them with live action in mind so they would stage it that way but obviously it would be animated. To get that super powers but in a realistic fashion. Something to that effect it was in that JL retrospective thats going on right now. Could be that it clashes with what you like or look for in animated fare.
You're right that they do go overseas, that's not really a secret but it's not the same as actually being there all the time. Of course the overseas fdirectors are good enough that they don't need to be micromanaged by guys overseas anyway.
I don't really think there's any 'style' to take into account here, either. The aforementioned absent Dos Santos was the only director/boarder who ever sought to interject the series with any form of actual style. I don't really think the term 'style' applies to what is basically a bland showing as is here. The sound effect of punches landing is the only impressive part of the fight, which is something of an issue, I would propose.
animation in the series: a majority of the time it's storyboarded and shot within the limitations of a live action camera (or rather one not aided by CG blending techniques like a few shots from the Battle of New York in The Avengers). Other than the one or two Macross missile homages the camera is never really utilized. There's too little ambition in the animation when perhas a little more would actually serve the story.
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