In 2014, 3D animation introduced a new feature that I think is an underappreciated evolution in animated movie making.
I am serious. Rapunzel from Tangled (2011) and Merida from Brave (2012) have very even skin tones and just a couple of freckles. Anna and Elsa from Frozen (2013) have the little reddish, uneven marks that people actually have. It’s subtle (I did a lot of photoshopping to bring it out), but it makes such a difference! That, and the more natural way of producing freckles makes all these HD closeups so very special!
These are unedited (all I did was crop and resize to tumblr post size) caps from Dreamworks’ Rise of the Guardians (2012) and How to Train Your Dragon (2010):
I mean LOOK AT THOSE FREAKING REALISTIC DETAILS
DREAMWORKS’ BLOTCHINESS GAME ON POINT