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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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25 Construction Observations Useful in Animation

Humans, most animals, and to a degree cartoon characters are constructed on a solid-flexible, solid-flexible basis:

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A cartoon character is more flexile, but the principle of solid-flexible is applicable because all the same parts are there — they are merely caricatured.

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The solid and flexible parts of a character’s head can be used to great advantage in animation; for instance in dialog or in an open mouth stretch:

The stretch will mean more if you can first give some sense of the normal; for instance ...

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