Originally Posted by thehun
Almost all if not all Pixar films features that. However very few live action film does. I guess most director consider that "distracting". Don't forget pretty much all of the films today get a "home remix" since the obvious size and set up differences between the cinemas and HTs.
I hate "distracting" as the reason used by directors, particularly in comedies, to dumb down audio.
Yeah, like the joke will be less funny if there are ambient sounds in all speakers. I seem to follow a joke at a comedy club with all kinds of noises around me.
If the visual of an explosion on the screen are not too distracting to be used -- or fades or quick cuts -- then surround sound should always be used.
If someone moves to the left of the screen, the sound SHOULD also move to the left. Leaving it locked to the center isn't less distracting -- its less realistic.
I don't care whether its animation, action, comedy or drama. Sound should operate the same and in a natural way. Just cause its a comedy doesn't mean no surround ambience, effects or LFE blasts.