Quoted from monitorpop:
Love it or hate it… seems like his style/capability is more motion of static assets than full blown animation like Rick and Morty or Jurassic Park. I wouldn’t count on the style of the animation changing unless Spooky enlists somebody else to help.
Agreed. I'm seeing pretty basic after effects animations with looping wiggler effectors on the rotation of arms etc... and maybe some puppet tool treatments of the pre-existing artwork from the cabinet art from somebody who is clearly passionate about horror but doesn't necessarily have the chops to incorporate traditional cel animation principles nor illustrate new artwork. I'm a motion designer by trade and neither of these skills are in my wheelhouse, so I work with a team when these asks come up and just art direct the 2D/3D animators/illustrators for quality control. In 20 years of doing this I've had no complaints. If I were tasked to do everything on my own there would be a much different outcome LOL.
For Rick and Morty, all Spooky had to do was create a polished user interface to overlay on top of clips from a (beyond massive) team of seasoned broadcast traditional animators. This is why Goodbye Moonmen is super short, that's all they had to work with... the song is much longer, but the episode they pulled scenes from only animated the first 45 seconds. GNR also had the advantage of being able to use a bazillion clips from the Not in This Lifetime tour backdrops, coupled with an AMAZING world-class motion graphics artist who handled all of their previous titles with a super professional flair.
Halloween doesn't have this luxury.
It's certainly a bummer that Spooky is not able to lean into clips from the film more to balance this.
I'm still in and excited, but after seeing like 30 people dump their orders this weekend I think it would serve Spooky's interests to bring in an additional motion designer and illustrator or else nudge the licensor to let them have cart blanche access to the film library. Now that we are seeing 9k pricing the general public expects more, hence the massive sell-off we just saw.
I have zero concerns that Spooky will figure out best steps moving forward, and I can't wait to flip mine when it arrives next year!