Exit wrote:I voted no. Disclaimer: I am not at all a fan of anime, and don't consider myself very knowledgeable about it either. I do think there's a possibility that it could be done well.
When you're approaching graphic art, you have to think of the art style that would best fit the world. I don't think any form of anime, realistic or stylized, would serve Artemis Fowl well. On the realistic side of things, it wouldn't be capable of bringing out the magic in a satisfying fashion, simply because realistic anime deals in the bare bones of the style. On the stylized side, the series' depth and complexity would be downplayed because there would be a lot of exaggeration in the characters' emotions, conflicts, and desires. The problem is, if we molded anime to fix those problems, the vitality of the art form would be reduced. Committing to a style is very, very important, and by compromising some of anime's characteristics, we would be losing that commitment.
When you say 'the series depth and complexity would be downplayed,' it makes me curious as to what anime specifically you're thinking of. You said you're not a fan of anime in general, but what anime have you seen?
In my experience, (and I don't know as much about anime as some) I want to say anime seems to be a very broad category, with shows in every genre you can think of just as there is for books, movies, etc. It is so broad and varied in fact that the characteristics present in the most well-known anime are by no means present in every single anime. Anime is very adaptable, and each one changes based on the atmosphere the creators wish to capture. Like how more serious anime may have much darker/neutral color schemes than bright, happy anime, or may not even contain the 'super-deformed' images of characters that anime in general is so famous for.
Since Tenzen introduced me to Code Geass, I've been thinking that would be a really good style/approach for the AF series (though not all aspects of the show would fit into a children's series, for obvious reasons X3). It's a very dramatic, but also complex series; all the technology stuff is awesome, and the emotional parts are controlled very carefully so that the emotional outbursts of characters who are ordinarily very calm/calculating have the most impact (much like in Artemis Fowl, I think). Anime can be deep, complex, subtle, etc. -- limitations don't come with anime anymore than any other kind of animation. Or so I tend to think. XD I know you don't have any special interest in anime, but if you ever wanted to look at scenes from Code Geass or others that are less mainstream than Yugioh, Pokemon, etc., I think you could look at them on YouTube... but only if you were interested. (:
Exit wrote:I think passing it on to a really creative artist, or team of artists, who can interpret the world as accurately as possible in a way I haven't ever seen before would be the best. It would give Artemis Fowl a unique place in animation, just like the series has a unique place in literature.
Also, I really don't care who it appeals to as long as it stays true to the books.
Good point, I totally agree with you there. It doesn't matter to me what style it is in exactly if the people making the show can do a good job with it that really captures the essence of the books. (: