CHAPTER 6

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Follow-Through and Overlapping Action

Things don’t come to a stop all at once, guys; first there’s one part and then another.

– The Illusion of Life, Disney Animation – Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston

In any animation, follow-through and overlap are critical principles in creating motion that supports and re-enforces the initial main motion. Both principles can be applied to an animation sequence as a theatrical device, although follow-through and overlap are employed more commonly in animation to mimic the effects of object movement in the real world.

The opposite of anticipation, follow-through is commonly seen in natural movement ...

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