i think the disney company somehow forgot that you can make a character attractive AND expressiveIN 2D ANIMATION, YES. CGI IS MUCH DIFFERENT AND MUCH HARDER TO FORM DIFFERENT EXPRESSIONS AND FACES OH MY GOD
Please, don’t undermine the skills of modelers, riggers, and animators.
And two fun facts:
•The Incredibles was the first PIXAR film to feature humans to the scale that they did and I think they pulled off expressions on ALL their characters pretty damn well.
•Jessica Rabbit was hand inked, hand painted, and hand airbrushed on celluloid and manually composited into each scene, but they didn’t sacrifice how expressive she was just because animation is hard.
In which Meg grinds people’s ignorance into dust under her shoe and it’s beautiful.
Any good facial rig ought to be able to produce a wide range of emotional expression, as demonstrated by the examples above. Anyone who tries to claim that it’s harder to emote in CGI than in 2D either has a bad rig or isn’t trying.
Granted, you do have a bit more difficult of a time keeping expressions out of the uncanny valley in 3D, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossibly hard to produce good expressions.