I'd like to pick up a thread in Sterling Chen's note on Animation.
How many of you out there would grant the status of 'Art' to the
classic Warner Bros. cartoons, but NOT to Beavis & Butt-head?
If so, WHY? Is it the old "test of time" ?
It's true, as Sterling suggests, that animation is changing.
Obviously there is less emphasis on visual perfection, and possibly
more emphasis on the writing -- though the Warners were also superbly
written. WHAT, then, is it that distinguishes the 'new' animation
from the old? Or is this not the right question?
I happen to think that the strength of The Simpsons, and of Beavis & Butt-
head is the writing, the (dare I say it?) WIT, and that this
compensates for the 'minimalist' qualities of the animation.
Back to my earlier question, then: if we're ready to call the Warners films
'Art' (as I think we should), then what arguments are people using to
deny this status to Beavis & Butt-head? (as many seem wont to do)
Because this would suggest a fundamental difference between the two cases,
and I don't see it.
-- Derek Bouse