Got a question about an animated movie! In Atlantis 2: milos return, the animation looks fine but there's something not right with it. My brother says its cause there's no shading and shadow, what do you think?
It’s quite simple; the animation is much much cheaper. ATLE had a budget of ca $120,000,000 while the sequel had nothing near those numbers since that “movie” is simply 3 episodes of a cancelled TV-series, poorly patched together. This financial factor alone is the main reason why the second movie looks so different since budget cuts lead to a huge downgrade in quality.
For one thing; veteran animators were replaced with people with less experience/talent. Even if the character designs are pretty close, you can still tell that the characters in the sequel were not drawn by the same people as in the original.
Another crucial element is the the smaller amount of fully animated frames per second. Look at Kida in the GIFs below. In the first one she’s just standing there looking at Milo’s book, but she is constantly moving. Breathing, eyes darting from side to side, head tilting and other subtle animation brings her to life. Even in the scenes where people are sleeping they are still moving.
Compare this Kida to the other one; stiff as a board, just mouth flapping, a random head tilt at the end, and nothing more.This is pretty much the standard throughout the sequel. You see this a lot in TV-shows where the characters are just frozen in time, with the occasional movement (usually mouth-flapping or blinking) because it’s simply much cheaper to do it like this.
PS: Kida’s hair having brown line art rather than light grey also makes the animation look more “ugh”.