THE ARISTOCATS (TRAILER FOOTAGE)
THE ARISTOCATS (BLU-RAY)
Because it was relevant to a recent conversation (and because I've had these caps sitting on my desktop, like... forever) I decided I'd show off just how insanely... different, the un-processed "raw" HD scan of The Aristocats was before Disney performed any de-graining processing on it.
Now I get the seemingly sound concept behind why Disney has decided to remove anything resembling grain from their classic cartoons; they've argued, at length, that the original drawings of the animators were what was important, not the analog medium they were captured to, and to that end I suppose they've done an impressive job cleaning up the debris and color inconsistencies from frame to frame on pretty much every transfer they've ever done. Disney was also the first (as far as I know) to implement edge-detecting DVNR, a process which "traces" the outlines and tries to re-create solid colors between frames by, essentially, subtracting a vector traced duplicate image from the film negative. From a geeky tech standpoint, that's fucking awesome... but it's also why every single Disney classic has that funky "look". Some people love it, and I guess I understand why. I'm just not one of them.
That said, The Aristocats clearly didn't get the Four Fingered White Glove Treatment; this is some ass-ugly DVNR in my opinion, and sums up precisely why I wish it was avoided completely, on animation as well as live action. What's especially weird is that Disney actually didn't use ANY obvious degraining on The Fox and The Hound, and the results were pretty goddamn impressive compared to their usual output. I can understand them not wanting to spend a fortune on what's clearly the second-tier material in their catalog, but still...
Not that I give two shits about The Aristocats, honestly. Mrs. Kentai loves it because, y'know, kittens are awesome. But my love for shitty swingin' musical numbers just isn't what it used to be. Fox and the Hound I'd happily give a re-watch to, though. Not only does it look great, but it's easily the most pro-racism film Disney's ever done... and that's fucked up. No, seriously. Change it to the slightly less subtle "The Raccoon and The Hound" and it would have been banished ten times harder than Song of the South ever was.