Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Dog Walking Dog: Going For Half A Walk

I don't know if this one exactly qualifies as half a walk.

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It is only eight drawings and cycles.

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It was used in an ABC/Disney video for They Might Be Giants' Here Come the ABCs video series.

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As far as work goes, it would have been "easier" to do a Preston Blair standard walk.  There's less thinking involved, though this was pretty intuitive and went quickly.

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This was how we thought these guys walked.  The dog walking the dog.  So there were too many other options and it didn't need any more drawings.

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Neither this film nor The Stepford Wives film won anything at ASIFA, maybe the jurists were more attuned to bizarre walk cycles than they are today. 

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This is a graphic approach to character animation, trying to find interesting manners of movement (which are simple) that convey an attitude -not to be confused with 'tude -using the body form as a configuration of shapes. 

It's ontologically opposite of "the illusion of life".

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It is, rather, the admission of the medium.  Instead of applying laws of gravity and biology to the drawings the animation here allows the drawing to dictate the manner of motion.  

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This is a pretty simple little walk for all those big words -but that was the thinking behind animating this character in this fashion.

It's very simple, it doesn't try too much.  It's one bit which, I think, succeeds in what it attempts.  As goofy as it is, I'm pretty happy with this little cycle.

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2 comments:

Michael Sporn said...

That does qualify as half-a-walk cycle. However, it works well since the art is so blatantly and purposefully two dimensional. But, then, that's just half an opinion.

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