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Drawn to Life: 20 Golden Years of Disney Master Classes Volume 1 by Don Hahn, Walt Stanchfield

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7 Squash and Stretch — II

Squash and stretch can be very broad, or it may be very subtle. In the Disney features, subtlety has been developed to a high degree. The type of story, the liberal use of dialog, and the close-up has made this imperative. We capitalize on the use of squash and stretch in the face. For instance, the eyes, opening wide for surprise or fear (stretch), partly closed from the cheek action during a smile (slight squash), or squeezed into slits from anger or suspicion, or strain (squash).

Nothing moves independently. If the mouth is active as in dialog, everything on the face is going to react and move accordingly. Smile broadly in a mirror and observe. The upper lip area squashes up toward the nose, while at the same time ...

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