Saturday, 6 February 2010

Who Framed Roger Rabbit...

After Alan's Maya lesson yesterday, i decided to watch Who Framed Roger Rabbit, which is possibly one of the best examples of the 12 principles of animation. It's so successful that it's earned itself as my favourite film of all time and clearly many other people agree of this successfulness of this film, as it has earned a well deserved 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. After Alan's lesson, i wanted to see if i could identify these 12 principles in the film and they are clearly presented in the film. From appealing characters to exhaggeration, from timing and spacing to squashing and stretching. I feel that even in these early pre-production stages it is hugely important to have a clear understanding of the 12 principles of animation because they are needed through all the stages of an animation for it to be successful, from pre-production to production to post-production. Watching a film like Who Framed Roger Rabbit has helped me to to value the importance of these 12 principles because it has helped this film achieve huge success.

You can see from the image above we have a clear inverted C and some exhaggeration, particularly in Roger's face. I can also see a clear example of squashing and stretching in Roger's cheek as it presses up against Eddie's face. Already, from this one stil, i have picked out 3 different principles, and i would be able to identify more in the actual sequence from the film.

Again, in this image we can some slight exhaggeration in his facial expression and pose. I also feel the character is slightly more appealing in this still, we already get a sense of his personality and character. From what i ca see, there is an example of both a C and S shape pose in Roge's stance, depending on which ear you are looking at. Again, just a selection of principles can be pointed out from this still alone.

I don't need to highlight the principles in this still as well, because it becomes clear that in each sequence, this film makes great use of the 12 principles. We have also become familiar with these in cartoons such as Tom and Jerry, and The Looney Toons. When Alan showed us examples of each principle, i found myself saying 'oh, yeah' because it was so clear that these principles have been carefully thought of when creating these animations and cartoons, it seems the audience takes it for granted, but there is a lot of hard work going on behind the scenes. To get a better understanding of the 12 principles and the other elements of animation that Alan identified yesterday, i feel it would be benificial to do some research into each seperate element, allowing me to gain a better knowledge when i start drawing and designing ideas for my animation duringthe week.

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