Check out this animation test for a Rocket Raccoon & Groot spinoff it’s really quite a beauty to look at. The fireflies and the plant that eats them feels very Don Bluth which has a nice feeling to it, a little weird and unknown but entertaining. It’s definitely a mixed bag of animation techinques, the aforementioned plant looks like it is hand drawn animation, Rocket and Groot are definitely 3D models but they’ve been textured and rendered to look like hand painted 2D characters. It all blends together very nicely in one of the best examples of a mix of 2D and 3D animation that I have seen.
Animation tests like this rarely make it to full scale production intact but I still am very keen to see the final shorts that are aimed to come out of this.