In Defense of Overseas
Ever since animation has been outsourced, there's been a lot of criticism of the practice. Now don't get me wrong, I think it's unfortunate that a lot of work that used to be done here is now done elsewhere, and that includes animation. I wish there were more key and in-between animation jobs in America that aren't Flash/CGI based (nothing against those styles, either; I just would prefer drawing in traditional styles). And yes, sending work overseas without constant communication or a good overseas supervisor can be a problem, because the overseas artists can go on autopilot and specific directions can get lost in translation.
But some take their criticism a little too far. I'm specifically thinking of the accusation that overseas studios are inherently inferior to domestic studios, that the only "good" animation is done by a domestic studio. Not only is this incorrect, but it bears a disturbing undercurrent of xenophobia and racism. People from Korea, India, and the Philippines (and more) aren't some inferior batch of artists that deserve derisive (and pre-emptive) bashing.
Some have claimed that overseas studios water down the animation. The thing is, 9 times out of 10, overseas studios only work with what they're given. If they are given bland storyboards/layouts, they're going to retain those in the animation unless instructed otherwise. Most of the time, the overseas studios merely in-between the key frames of whatever they're given. So if any blame should be given, it's to the domestic studios who don't provide any flair to the animation or facial expressions.
So really, enough with the hatred. If you don't like a show or film's animation, fine, but don't always jump straight to "well the overseas studio butchered it; this wouldn't have happened if animated domestically." You don't know that to be true.
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