He was so focused on achieving “perfection” in realism that he made a nigh-unwatchable movie featuring awkward, zombie-eyed characters with oversized pores.
The Polar Express never became the timeless, holiday classic it might have become, had, say, Chuck Jones made it in the 60’s.
Perfectionism killed The Polar Express.
But artistic mastery is essential for certain types of visual communication.
While artistic skill can strengthen your ability to communicate visually, perfectionism can kill it.