Back in 1988, an amazing movie featuring human interaction with animated characters was released. It was called "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" and it signaled a shift in my childhood perspective on animated characters. As a child who had gone through a phase of adamant refusal to watch anything that wasn't
animated, "Roger Rabbit" was my first real exposure to an acknowledgement of animated characters in a live-action world. And it was fascinating. The 'Toons were like another race of linguistically developed, perhaps further evolved humanoid creatures that these people lived alongside with little consequence. (Unless a 'Toon killed your brother.) But they were still cartoons. They weren't flesh and blood people, they were Ink 'n' Paint.
So, my beef with the influx of 3D animation/live action movies is this: Are we supposed to think these characters are real now? Seriously? When we see characters like Garfield, Marmaduke, the Chipmunks, Yogi Bear, etc. interacting with humans, animated to look like they were born of this world, organic, living creatures that look freakishly unlike other animals of their species (is Yogi an av-er-age bear in this world, or is an average bear an average bear? or is Yogi the only one like that? WHY? What happened
?), how is it that the humans with whom they interact don't question it?