16 October 2006

How not to animate Prince Adam!

These two extreme frames from the season two He-Man episode "The Arena" show how not to animate a shocked expression! In the first frame we can see a familiar Prince Adam stock cel which we have seen many times before. Now usually to convey surprise the director would call for the animators to simply create a cel overlay of the character's eyes wider. However on this occasion Filmation decide to animate the character's head and the end result is less than appealing.

(click on the images to see them at full-size)


Anonymous said...

LOL :) Prince Adam's face sort of shrinks a little bit, in the second image! Well, I have to give the animators credit for trying. :) I'll take this animation over the way Cringer's face was animated in "Fraidy Cat," when he and Orko attempt to free Queen Marlena from Snake Mountain and Cringer states that the cell door is locked tight!

The surprised animation that was used for Adam in the dream sequence, at the beginning of "Eternal Darkness," when he and Cringer get caught in a dead end, would have worked well, here, I think. :)

Something else I wanted to add, in regard to the stock shot of Adam on the left-hand side of this Blog entry, was that I thought the animators did a nice job of capturing the look of sorrow on Prince Adam's face in "Prince Adam No More," when he lowers his face as he speaks to The Sorceress, as seen in the September 12 2006 Blog entry. :)

An amusing feature, James. :) Thanks for posting and reading! God Bless...

~KevyGuy :)
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Unknown said...

Trolly Molly that looks weird! His head collapses a bit onto itself there!

While I do appreciate animators doing a bit extra-work than using the models again and again, there are situations like this where it can go wrong. O_O

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