Glen Keane’s 7 Animation Essentials
1. Make a Positive Statement
- Do not be ambiguous in your approach.
- Thumbnail until you have that clear approach and conviction.
- Be bold and decisive.
2. Animate From the Heart
- Feel your drawings.
- Let your action be an extension of how you believe the character feels.
- Put yourself in the place of the character your animating- associate.
3. Make Expressions and Attitudes Real and Living
- Focus on the eyes and eyebrows, mouth and cheeks.
- Always lead with the eyes.
- Be sure the eyes are solid and placed securely in the head.
- Study your own attitudes. Ask yourself, “Does this drawing feel the way my face feels?”
4. Draw As If You Were Sculpting
- Describe the forms in dimension.
- Understand the character design in 3D.
5. Animate the Forces
- Allow the momentum of and already animated movement to suggest the next drawing.
- Draw the leading edge of forces.
6. Visualize and Feel Dialogue
- Be sure you are truly capturing the inflection, volume and tone of the dialog with proper mouth shapes.
- What is the essence of your scene, your action, your expression — what is indispensable in communicating your thought?
These rules apply to ANY character artist, animated or otherwise. The Gospel of Glen.
“This is totally how I will imagine you working from now on.” - a fan
He is me. I am him. We are one and the same.
James Baxter — Moses from Prince of Egypt [x]
THE ANIMATION IN THIS MOVIE IS SO PERF UGH
What you mean to say is that James Baxter is perfect <3 The man is an animation god/legend. FOR OBVIOUS REASONS. In fact, the man is especially renown for his work on “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron”
That’s why in an episode of Adventure Time, there is an incredibly well animated horse who rolls around on his ball and says his name “Jaaaaaaaaames Baxter!” and brings cheer to everyone around him. Finn and Jake become jealous of his ability to make people smile and try to mimic him, find their own way of spreading joy and then finally accept that sometimes you can’t be as good as some other people at some things. It was a commentary by Pendleton Ward about how he always wanted to be a legend just like James, but in the end you have to do you own thing and achieve greatness in your own way.
James Baxter voiced the horse himself, too.
No wonder that horse was so well animated
Oh god, my eyes. They burn of wonder.
You heard it here first, Tumblr.
As many of you have already figured out, this was a hoax. I’m an art student, and those clips were something I put together in 6 hours in Photoshop (those of you mindlessly raging about “Flash” can simmer down now). I apologize for upsetting some of you. I absolutely love Wicked, and the prospect of an animated adaptation would get me excited too. I wasn’t trying to troll the fans, or make fun of them for getting worked up over a lie. There was a reason I tried to pass off these images as real and not as a fan project.
And the reason is, I wanted to show the interest for an animated Wicked production is there, and that it’s strong.
Not terribly long ago, a Disney artist posted a fan-made animatic for Defying Gravity. I was completely blown away when I saw it. I only had the most superficial knowledge of Wicked before that video came along, and when it did I was hooked. Not only did I fall in love with the musical, but I gained a new appreciation of what American feature animation could be. As one commenter put it, it was like Disney meets Dragon Ball Z…heartfelt sentiment meets thrilling action. I wanted to see a film like that! So I crossed my fingers and hoped the girl’s animatic would raise some eyebrows at Universal.
Apparently, it didn’t.
While an actual live-action movie adaptation for Wicked has been in some form of development for years, the word was always that the original cast members were “too old” to reprise their roles. But in animation, there really isn’t such a thing as too old. Frank Welker has been playing Fred- a teenager- from the Scooby-Doo franchise since 1969. Voice actors in their 40s, 50s, 60s, even 90s (shameless June Foray shoutout) play characters younger than them all the time. So in my eyes, and in the eyes of many fans, animation was the perfect solution to what the powers-that-be saw as the “age” problem.
Not only that, but the musical itself is reminiscent of the animated movies we all grew up on. It has that magic, that optimism, that tongue-and-cheek humor, even a similar kind of pacing…but with a darker edge, a more political twist. Imagine how subversive it would be if this story were packaged and sold like a traditional cartoon musical, but then surprised moviegoers with its content and message. It would be a striking statement, and one that would reach a very wide audience. And on top of things you wouldn’t have to worry about the special effects being believable!
A Wicked adaptation would benefit greatly from hand-drawn animation. You could even say it needs it. And truth be told, hand-drawn animation needs Wicked.
Presently, every animated movie that comes out in America is 3D animated. While the majority of television cartoons are still hand-drawn because the animation is done overseas, 3D CG dominates the big screen. Normally, I wouldn’t have a problem with 3D animated movies. It is, after all, one of many animation techniques that could be used for a film based on the needs of the story being told. But 3D animation seems to be the only technique American executives are interested in pursuing. According to them, hand-drawn is too expensive and too time consuming…any movie made with this technique would need to be a blockbuster hit to make the profits of a 3D animated film. And, well…the last few hand drawn films were not blockbuster hits.
But Wicked could be.
It has a built-in audience. It has a solid story, beloved characters, and well-known songs. And it would mitigate almost all of the risk normally involved with a hand-drawn film. If one of the major studios invested in a Wicked animated project, they wouldn’t have to worry about it paying off. It could be the project that makes audiences fall in love with hand-drawn animation again. It could be the project that wakes sleeping beauty once more.
So that’s why I did what I did. I needed to build a soapbox to give my piece from. I only hope that someone with the power to make this happen ends up seeing this. Because Wicked is the story that hand-drawn animation is waiting for, and it’s a story that needs to be heard by more people…and not everybody lives near a tour stop.
let us all take a moment to appreciate how horrifying this is
But where is this from?
Fern Gully: The Last Rainforest!
Hexxus, the spirit of pollution, is voiced by Tim Curry!
Oh my god!! I remember this thing, I’ve watched that movie (in horror) so many times when I was a kid!! *is amazed to have forgotten it until now*
Atlantis is far underrated, I say. It had flaws, yeah, but also great characters and some fantastic animation… and awesome one-liners. Brilliant acting in these gifs, alone.
a pivotal scene
Yesssss, especially Helga! *drools*
Finn Hoodie for the Princesses
Hey gals! We’ve added a Finn hoodie (with Jake in the pocket!) in women’s sizes to our Adventure Time category! This super-comfy hoodie is a GREAT gift item for the holidays! Plus, don’t forget we’ve got lots of awesome recently-added tees and more!
Browse the Adventure Time category NOW at welovefine.com!
If you do a Fionna hoodie with Cake, I’m buying :)
The brand new batman animation. Just watched Part 1 (a good hour long) and uhhh can’t wait til Part II comes out! (we all know whyyyy!)
I miss good and moody batman animations. I don’t think I’ll resist long before rewatching the fabulous Batman: Animated Series from ‘92. Now I’m off to listening to Kevin Smith podcasting about it!
No! She just wants to hog all the princessing for HERSELF!!
I read “She just wants to hog all the princesses for HERSELF!” And was surprised to find it didn’t surprise me if that WAS what was said in Adventure Time.
Oh just do it already, AT crew. Make it gay, make us love you even more, make it so that kids can finally have a fun cartoon show that involves varietes of love, and where they’ll naturally accept it as a simple possibility, as a simple fact that love knows no boundaries. Make the change.
A young woman is being followed by a crocodile who represents her shyness.
In Between, a short by Alice Bissonnet, Aloyse Desoubries Binet, Sandrine Hanji Kuang, Juliette Laurent, and Sophie Markatatos.
That is so freaking cute @_@
Wonderfully made, and heyyy my language<3
I love him.
Just saw it with Yamino GOD THAT HAIR I JUST—- GAH<3
Well done Pixar. The facial expressions were priceless as well!
Designer Michelle Xin came up with this look for Princess Bubblegum for next Monday’s episode, the chilly “Lady & Peebles.”
ah mah gawd. She looks so cute!
Adventure Time: The Complete First Season Now on Sale
Our long, long Region 1 nightmare is finally over. Adventure Time: The Complete First Season is now available. Besides now having all superlative 26 episodes eleven-minute on two DVDs, you’ll get scads of extras including commentaries, animatics, featurettes, and other stuff. We encourage you to buy as many sets as you can afford (and then some!) through your favorite retailer, though Amazon has it for just $17.96. Now, where the heck is Season Two?
Because this is one of the best cartoon I’ve ever seen, and because I want to support the AT team and especially because I just made a few of my room-mates fan of this show so everyone will be able to savour the item here!
Best. Flag Day. Ever.
Hi guys, it’s your trusty editor Shannon, and IT IS A BIG DAY FOR COVERS IN THE WORLD OF ADVENTURE TIME!
In the world of MARCELINE AND THE SCREAM QUEENS #3, we have a RAD homage to Liz Phair’s “Exile in Guyville” from JAB, a sick concert poster from Yuko Ota, and a limited variant cover from the incredible Vera Brosgol.
These are some of my favorite covers we’ve ever done, and you can get them all this September! ROCK ‘EM SOCK ‘EM!
Marceline and Bubbleguuuuummmmm bring it<3
EDIT: wait wait wait, Colleen Coover?? HOHOHOHOHO<3