Your favorite form of animation…POST before noon on Tuesday.

Post a comment and link to an animation example that inspires you and describe why it connects to you.  Also shed some light on your example and what it is about.

Examples can be from Film, Television, Internet or Gaming.

POST before noon on Tues.

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8 Responses to Your favorite form of animation…POST before noon on Tuesday.

  1. ejnorth21 says:

    Spider Man: Into the Spiderverse is one of favorite recent movies because of how the artists developed new tools to imitate a comic book and how they used animation to emphasize characterization. A great example of this is when Miles meets Peter B. Parker and they are both animated on 2s, but out of sync with each other. As Miles learns how to use his spider powers he becomes in sync with Peter, also showing that they now get along.
    I also love a trick the artists used in one of the most iconic scenes, where Miles jumps off a building, and this behind the scenes video reveals that the New York buildings were radiated outward and exaggerated to enhance the shot, a trick that could only be done with 3D animation.

  2. Kara Porter says:

    I have been particularly inspired by the animated series Love, Death, Robots on Netflix, specifically the episode “The Witness” that is linked below, as well as a behind the scenes. Some of my favorite features of this animation are the bright colors in contrast with dark scenes, unique camera angles, and instances of the characters breath fogging up the camera lens. In this episode the animators mainly worked in 3D, however they incorporated 2D animations and effects to emphasize actions, sounds, and important details. I feel this mix of both 2D and 3D is really visually interesting and brings a lighter nature and comic book style to the intensity of the content that takes place. The story is truly gripping, as it has lots of psychological twists and turns. I feel that eliciting so much emotion while being so artistically intriguing is what is so inspiring to me about this episode.
    To summarize this episode, a woman witnesses a murder in the apartment across the street and the murderer spots her watching from her window. He is shocked because she is the same person that is lying on the floor in front of him. He pursues her as she runs to her work as an adult entertainer, until she hides in a “random apartment.” In a struggle between them, the murderer is killed, and as she glances out the window across the alleyway she sees the same person, that is lying on the floor in front of her, in the window.

  3. erentelime says:

    I chose the opening scene from Pixar’s “Up”, the life montage between Carl and Ellie. This entire sequence conveys a lot of story and emotion without any dialogue which I think is very impressive for a clip that’s less than 5 minutes long. Each scene is very emotional in different ways and it pulls on your heartstrings towards the end of the sequence. I think this is a great example of a backstory or setting up the main storyline in a film.

    This sequence shows the entire of two people’s lives together, the good and the bad. The good parts where they go on dates, build their house together, and the bad parts where Ellie is unable to have kids and when the tree falls on the house and they have to use their vacation money to fix it. I think the progression sticks with me in these scenes because it really shows how life can be very up and down and go by very fast at times. Even though I’m only in my 20s, this sequence reminds me that there’s so much more life to live, but it is still bittersweet because, in the end, Ellie dies, which is a reminder of how precious life is. I get very emotional watching this scene, like a lot of people, because we see the main character go through life with someone, only having to deal with the grief of losing them at the end, which is part of the human experience.

  4. oliviafelber says:

    One of my favorite examples of animation has to be Undone. Both its story and art style are beautiful and impactful in a way that is difficult to find.
    The way it depicts Alma’s struggles, using both beautiful acting and animation, as well as interesting and creative environments really hammer home disorientation in a lot of cases. The viewer is often left wondering what is ‘real’, what is ‘magic’, and what is the result of severe mental illness.
    Alma’s distress and feelings of isolation from her family are palpable, with the bouts of unreality serving to exacerbate already tense relationships. It doesn’t help that the people closest to her often lie to her face, making her struggle to figure out what is real all the more frustrating- both for her and the viewer.
    The acting is phenomenal, the animation is gorgeous, and the story is powerful.
    It’s one of my favorite pieces of media that I have come across in recent years.

  5. Samuel New says:

    Mob Psycho 100 has a lot of very unique animation that I really enjoy but the end credits bit that is done with oil paint on glass is one of the parts that stands out the most in my memory. It captures fairly mundane events involved in one of the characters waking up in the morning but the way it’s done gives it a lot of interest and character.

  6. antoinettebrennan says:

    I know someone else mentioned this movie in class but I had to put it here because I love the animation so much. Klaus is a 2D Netflix movie that came out in November 2019. Despite the movie being 2D animated, the animation looks more 3D at times due to the lighting and texturing techniques used in the animation process. They do utilize 3D assets in their animation, however, that was mainly restricted to props and only some characters, and because of their animation style, the 3D assets blended perfectly into the scenes. I have watched this movie 10 times now and get mesmerized each time just because I find it hard to look away.
    The scenes look like they were taken out of a painstakingly detailed fairy tale book and I just love it so much. This art style was chosen specifically because the film’s whole story is about the origin of Santa Claus so they wanted it to give off some more of the old fashion animation vibes, yet they then took it to another level by integrating lighting and texturing in order to add a more 3D element into the animation.

  7. rossbullock4892 says:

    Over the past year, I’ve found myself growing more and more infatuated with 2D animation, and even more specifically, Japanese animation. While I’ve really come to adore the work of Hayao Miyazaki as I said previously in class, one movie that I watched very recently that renewed my appreciation for the limits (or lack thereof) of 2D animation is Mamoru Hosoda’s 2018 fantasy adventure Mirai. The film follows a young boy named Kun who, after meeting his newborn sister, Mirai, and becoming immensely jealous of the attention she receives, is greeted with visits from her future teenage self and travels to different parts of the past and future to help Mirai solve different present-day problems and learn more about his role in the family.

    There are multiple instances in the movie where the director and animators outdo themselves in terms of artistry, but I really enjoy the train station sequence (example seen at 0:28 for a couple seconds), the family tree sequence (0:19), and the motorcycle sequence (0:55) as they illustrate how the beauty of real-life settings can be replicated in animation and then improved until they are practically otherworldly. The family tree sequence in particular is a great example of how fantasy and world-building within animation can continue to progress the style forward and open up new doorways to what can be done with it. 2D Japanese animation (and especially Mirai and Miyazaki) is just full of examples of art that is pushed to its limits to build a better narrative as well as real-life settings that are gorgeous to behold especially with fantastical elements built into them. Animation is at its best when it’s transporting you to other worlds and pushing the boundaries of those worlds.

  8. Carrie Bull says:

    (Sorry for posting this now, I couldn’t find the link so I had to type it into the URL bar while reading it off your screen sharing)

    I recently played the game Subnautica for the first time, and it really stood out as being both a fun, but also visually stunning game. In particular, the thing that really made it so incredible is that it’s one of the best looking and performing underwater game I’ve ever played. The game was made by marine biologists, so it really isn’t too surprising that the world is as fleshed out as it is, but the level of creativity that went into every aspect of the environments and character models was still amazing.

    I think that video games, much like a lot of modern CGI movies, do tend to fall into ruts with the whole photo-realistic, familiar medieval settings, so playing games that make an effort to be unique is very refreshing.

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