Thank you so much for that download link. I'm not as good at finding stuff online as I used to be, so if I don't find a better version somewhere, I'll use your link.
>My pet theory is that it's a problem of CGI giving too much freedom. The limitations of a medium can be the catalyst for growth
I can see what you mean. Back in the day when CGI was still new in film making, most directors used it very sparingly. It was just another special effect technique that had to be used with care. However, now it seems to be the answer to everything, at least according to Hollywood. In fact, it's not unusual to see one or more entirely computer generated scenes in a modern live-action movie.
>Damn, I feel dumb to have posted a work that was actually CG to criticize CG, I didn't know it was (still great though)
Don't worry. The first time I watched it, I thought it was an actual stop motion short too. It's really well done.
Now that you mentioned it, I think I hate the overuse of CGI in animation more than in live-action. It's true that there are a few recent animated movies with great art direction and character design, but most CGI movies look very samey, which is a real shame, because you can do anything with animation.
By the way, I see many people talking about Thunderbolt Fantasy online. I should definitely watch it.