Digital Animation Assignment: Week 5

Animation Analysis Assignment: Principles of Animation


Video Selection: Take Me Home

I chose this video for the characters and my love of dogs. I am a firm believer there are no bad dogs, just bad people. As someone who has done animal rescue, this animation tugged on my heart just a bit. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Another principle of animation is Character Design. Every character must have some quality, good or bad, that draws the attention of the viewer. While this principal can, and many times does, have to do with specific motions that enhance the character, it is more about the character itself. Take this video for instance, the beagle puppy is so cute and endearing in his expressions you can actually feel his pain and joy. Successful character design should make you feel something, anything. Whether that feeling is pity, anger, love or hatred there has to be a reason the viewer is invested on some level, in some way to the character. Case in point, we see the poodle, and the young girl is attracted to her pretty facade, yet the mood changes when the poodle shows herself to be unfriendly. While the demeanor of the beagle pup is calm, friendly, and sad all at the same time. This element of character design is what makes a story. In this respect, this is a great animation. Even though the animation does not contain a large amount of movement it does make a solid story worthy of attention.

Author: jggregoryStudios

Undergraduate Student Westchester Community College- Visual Arts