08 October 2006

Happy Hordak!

"A Loss for Words" is a great episode, not only for its very original plot, but also for the beautiful direction and gorgeous expressive animation that Tom Sito provides. Here is an example of just such a shot in the episode. Now Hordak standing, laughing may not strike everyone as a standout moment of animation, but we can see here that the animator has not strictly followed the model sheet and the line work that represents Hordak is slightly exaggerated! While the character is on-model, in this case meaning that all his parts are where they should be, the actual artwork breaks the "rules" set by a model sheet. Of course this scene would get even crazier when Hordak falls through the trap door, but that is another post for another time...


(click on the image to see it at full-size)

3 comments:

Kevin Martinell said...

Though he appears to look about 7 feet tall, "Happy Hordak" is still well illustrated here ... The illustration in this panning shot turned out much nicer than the way the panning shot of Negator was executed, as mentioned in the caption for the August 2006 Blog entry. :)

Can't wait to see the "squash and stretch" animation of Hordak falling through the trap door! I remembered seeing a screen grab of it on the Episode Review Site, and it looked hilarious! Hope this "follow-up" Blog entry is not too far around the corner, James! Excellent job capturing this shot, by the way. :)

Thanks for posting and reading! God Bless...

~KevyGuy :)
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HB Potlood said...

I believe the illustrator took the panning into account when he drew Hordak this way. Of course when you see the whole thing together the perspective may be a bit off, but not during the pan itself.

ToonJukka said...

Love it when the animators "broke" some of the model-sheet rules.

The panning shot works well here as well as in the scene.
And I LOVE Hordak's stretched head-animation when he falls down the trap-door. xDD

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