Situation and Character Driven Stories
“Comedy and fantasy are the two most difficult things in the world to do, because your audience is not educated exactly to what, for example, a rabbit six feet high will do. You have to make him believable to yourself.…That’s the basic business of the whole matter.”
There are two basic types of character animation films: situational film and character-driven film. In a character-driven film, the story works out of the character’s personality. For example, a rabbit innocently occupies a rabbit hole on the exact spot where a prospector wishes to dig for gold. The prospector attacks the rabbit.
If I rename the rabbit hero of this story “Bugs Bunny,” we instantly know how the plot will develop. ...