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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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40 Pose and Mood

The ability to animate is akin to the ability to act. Animation is, in effect, acting on paper. This doesn’t mean an animator must be able to act well on stage or before a camera, but that he must certainly be sensitive to poses and gestures that portray the various moods and emotions that story telling demands. After all, any poses that are chosen for the different phases of an action must serve the function of telling the story in a convincing and entertaining manner.

The animator must portray the character’s actions and reactions, their wildest feelings, and their subtlest moods. Whether the character is animal, human, or an inanimate object, the action must be caricatured beyond what might have been done in live action, ...

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