>>113105376>that doesn't mean we should tamper with existing media that's grainy.
I agree, but only because the results are so bad. If at some point a computer could make film look like cels without washing out all the details and textures, I think that would be more true to the source despite what the original theatrical release looked like.
A slightly unrelated example, the theatrical release of Aladdin was 16:9 or similar, but the CAPS frames were closer to 4:3. The "original" aspect ratio cut looks worse than the "open matte" cut because the artists framed the scenes for CAPS, not for theaters. There are also a lot of live-action movies that look a lot better in "open matte" rather than their original release. I think the same applies to cartoon cels. The original ink and paint is how it's "supposed" to look, give or take the color keying that is taken into account when transferring to film.
Either way, studios shouldn't degrain until they have a 99.9% accurate method to do it.