For this week we had to apply our knowledge of Squash And Stretch along with basic physics to maneuver the ball through a maze and to a complete stop. We were free to move the obstacles as much as we wanted as well as the big CARLjr Claw that hung from the ceiling. The Claw introduced us to the Principle of Followthrough and Overlapping Animation.
(Scenes from “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” (1988), “Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas” (2003) and “The Little Mermaid” (1989) )
Characters do not come to a stop all at once. Quoting from “The Illusion of Life” page 59:
“If the character has any appendages, such as long ears or a tail or a big coat, these parts continue to move after the rest of the figure has stopped.”
Roger Rabbit has big floppy ears which – when Roger himself shifts from one pose to the other – swing around in a realistic manner to create a smoother motion which would otherwise (though the animation is so fluid) look choppy and rigid.
Eris from Sinbad is just goddamn gorgeous to look at. Her hair and movements are like smoke and mist, and though she herself is a goddess and not a mortal flesh-and-blood being the follow through animation gives her body the strange harmony of both a sense of otherworldliness and mortality.
Ariel’s hair flowing through the water is a perfect example of follow through. Without the support of water (or lots of hairspray) our hair will stay flopping briefly on our shoulders before resting. Follow through will happen, it just isn’t as dramatic.