Beauties and Beasts: Creating Character Contrasts in Design
The most important consideration when designing characters is creating different body language and movement. This consideration is not unique to animation.
Charlie Chaplin made THE GREAT DICTATOR as a rebuke to Adolf Hitler. In this film, Chaplin plays two parts. His Barber character bears an amazing physical resemblance to the Dictator. They never meet. The lives of the Barber and the Dictator intersect only in the last 10 minutes of the picture when the Barber replaces the Dictator after appropriating the latter's uniform. Yet all through the film the denizens of the Ghetto and the “Tomanian” bullies who oppress them do not notice that the barber resembles the Dictator. The Barber ...