Here’s something the great Art Babbitt uttered in 1941.
“I look forward to the day when real artists who are more than craftsmen, who have developed their art, will come into this business, will pay it the attention it deserves as a potentially serious art medium…Disney and other studio heads have actually held the industry back by years by their ‘out-of-the-world’ fantasies, by their refusal to deal with real life and by their enchantment with ‘calendar art.’ I want to see those days go by the board. I want to see real artists assume leadership in this game.”
One could say the exact same thing about today’s mainstream animation, and sadly, it would all still apply.
(quote from Michael Barrier’s website)