Animation: Genre versa Visual effects

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IMDb provides no distinctive formulae for contributors and moderators to categorize a mixed content with strong VFX. The below examples show more of what is meant.

Paddington 2 is categoriezed as animation among other genres, but Paddington is not. Who can explain comprehensively for what reasons the difference exists? Moreover, both Paddingtons are less "animations" if compared to both "Mowglis": 2016 and 2018. And the classic example is Avatar - who is going to search this among animations?.. But why we search animations for Who Framed Roger Rabbit ? )))

I'd like to emphasis the question "Is animation a genre or not?" is off-topic here. It is really disputable, among professionals also. But when a child asks to show a new cartoon, a parent goes to a movie base to search for "animations" there, and it is technically more comfortable to utilize genre instead of a keyword.


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Hi MAthePA -

To answer your question, yes, we consider "Animation" to be a genre.  Our definition of this genre is objective based on the following definition:

Over 75% of the title's running time should have scenes that are wholly, or part-animated. Any form of animation is acceptable, e.g., hand-drawn, computer-generated, stop-motion, etc. Puppetry does not count as animation, unless a form of animation such as stop-motion is also applied. Incidental animated sequences should be indicated with the keywords part-animated or animated-sequence instead. Although the overwhelming majority of video games are a form of animation it's okay to forgo this genre when adding them as this is implied by the title type.


So if a title conforms to the above criteria, then the Animation genre will apply.
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The above criteria are not so hard to understand, but they are tricky to implement in practice. Moreover, it leads to 'jus primae noctis'. If we take the above example, for three years the world-wide audience enjoyed "Paddington" as a part-animated movie, then someone experienced another concept in "Paddington 2" and it cost him nothing, no evidences to mark it an animation by genre. And further it's a hell for anybody to calculate the whole running time of Paddington (the bear himself) appearance, then minus the moments it was a human being in costume, not to forget the possible stop-motion (that is mostly unrecognizable in modern films if it's important to hide)... and finally how it all may be provided as evidence - in which form or way?
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Hi MAthePA,

Thanks for your thoughts on the genre definition, we agree that this can be a hard line to draw given today's use of technology in film. We've cut a ticket to redefine this in our guides. In this case we would agree that Paddington 2 should not have the animation genre. I've removed it now.

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Will
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Will, thank you.

I've just could not imagine this needs to be deeply discussed for "Paddington 2" providing additional evidence... And my relative contridution 181227-224736-992000 was declined. Can it be changed to "approved" status, or should I provide more evidence? ))
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Hi MAthePA,

I've already made the change on the title to remove the animation genre.