It's that time again when a poll comes to a close. Last month we asked what kind of animation viewers prefer to watch: traditional hand-drawn, computer generated, or a combination of the two.
- Winning in a landslide with 61.5% of the votes was traditional animation. Computers have tried to push traditional animation out but, if anything, computers have tried harder to imitate traditional. Traditional animation goes back to 1967 with Spider-Man and continues today.
- In a distant second with 23.1% was a blend of traditional and computer animation. When computers came onto the scene in the 1990s Iron Man, Spider-Man, and Silver Surfer were the first to include it though with it still in its infancy it was noticeable and stood out. Since then, computers have been used more subtly on shows like Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes and Wolverine and the X-Men.
- In distant third with 15.4% was computer generated animation. Pure computer animation is mostly rare on television, but has become common in film. The first was Spider-Man: The New Animated Series and was followed with Iron Man: Armored Adventures. Both direct-to-video features Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United and Iron Man & Captain America: Heroes United were computer generated. Outside of theatrical features like Big Hero 6, most computer generated animation has been criticized for appearing lifeless.
Check out this month's poll to vote on which animated feature villain was best: Satan of Dracula Sovereign of the Damned, Herr Kleiser of Ultimate Avengers, Mandarin of The Invincible Iron Man, Dormammu of Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme, Ultron of Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow, Red King of Planet Hulk, Technovore of Iron Man: Rise of Technovore, or Yokai of Big Hero 6.