In this video Joe Bowers, an animator at Disney, breaks down some of his animation from Tangled and Bolt. He talks a lot about exaggeration, anticipation, and acting so the scene and characters will communicate.
I can’t express how helpful this video is for 2D and 3D animators. It’s a good reminder that you have to caricature real life movements in order for them to communicate in the best way, so people get it automatically. It’s also important to remember that all movement is based on real life movement.
I plan on watching this video several times, for reference, education, and inspiration. Great stuff!
(I should also note that Glen Keane was a supervising animator, and directing animator for Rapunzel on Tangled, and at the beginning of this clip Joe Bowers refers to him as ‘Glen.’)
Rapunzel By Glen Keane
mesmerized by the simplicity of this… such a strong pose in so few lines.
I haven’t given Rapunzel enough love on my blog. Such an adorable, lively and beautifully expressive character, who’s since had a lot of influence on female characters of my own.
The sequence where Flynn is dying in Rapunzel’s arms. It was the most difficult and the most rewarding because the acting was so extremely subtle. The expressions of someone crying are inherently ugly. All the muscles in the face fight each other. No one wants a camera in their face at that moment. But we challenged the animators to go for the ugly face, and as Rapunzel fights and holds back tears, the emotions are so real and so true. And it’s so effective because when that tear comes from Rapunzel’s eye and heals Flynn, you believe there is enormous pain in Rapunzel’s heart. If you don’t believe that tear comes from a heart of love the movie doesn’t work. It was successful and emotionally gripping. I was never more proud of our animators then at that moment. ~ Glen Keane
One of the best scenes in the film for this reason - the animation and acting seriously pulled me in, to my surprise. Masterfully done, and I’m really glad they went for realism in the crying as opposed to the generic “I’m crying but still a beautiful princess” face.
Tangled end credits
have I ever mentioned how crazy I went over these credits
The original character lineup of Tangled by Jin Kim. (Don’t get me wrong, Eugene’s adorable, but Bastion’s a total cutiepie, too!)
man, look at all these amazing characters, all extremely unique looking and memorable, disney-style.
Man, I really wish Rapunzel had been a 2D animated princess movie. Really really badly. Sorry guys :(
Man see I hated Tangled but these designs probably would have taken it in different enough directions that it could have been likeable. LOOKIT THAT PRINCE HE’S A BULKMEISTER AND DOESN’T LOOK PRINCEY AT ALL. Is that a farm pimp. And some kind of assasin. And an adorable basset hound.
The things that could have been.
Wow. Okay, now Tangled means NOTHING to me now.
That character lineup is GORGEOUS, and bulkmeister is x6000000000 hotter/cuter than douche mcface eugene
Flynn is pretty but I really like Bastion’s design.. All of the disney Princes all have the same body build :/ Just like all the princesses do.. I wish disney wouls step out of the box for once. Tangled was a gorgeous movie though. I just think it’d be nice if there were characters in the main cast that had an array of body builds. You know? O.O’
I agree more or less with all of the above. It’s a shame that Disney was too afraid to have a hero outside of the thin-pretty-boy mold, he looks a lot more appealing here. Also, those unused characters look absolutely boss (I love the blacksmith dude and basset hound!) and I still wish this movie was 2D. Sigh.
“All you can do sometimes is just press harder on your pencil to try to make the drawing express what you’re feeling in your heart, and you hope that the audience can feel it as they’re looking at it.” — Glen Keane
Glen Keane is such an inspiration. I only hope that one day I can meet him and personally thank him for an incredible childhood and hopefully and even better future.