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Po's Prank Call- FINAL by Kobb Po's Prank Call- FINAL by Kobb
This last assignment will double as my final for my character animation class... best class ever. :D

EDIT: Done (as it'll ever be) at last! I still would have preferred to draw some more inbetweens, particularly for the ending, but I have one last project and had to make sure I'd have enough time for it, too. And Tigress bothered to show up this time!

The clip is from a Brian Regan routine, and the speaking character is (of course) Po from Kung Fu Panda. When I heard the sound he was the first character to come to mind.

And for any of you who can't get the file to work, try this Youtube link --> [link]
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SykoZombieChick Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
Love the look tigress gives him :D
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ChaosTheSheWolf Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Student General Artist
XD
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Stolen-Wings Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love it! HAHAHA~!
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Warriorfanatic99 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011
I love the one on the link. xD

"It's not!?"
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Sexy-Sky Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I really enjoy how fluid the movement is between frames, even though this is just in the rough pencil stage.

Beautifully portrayed expressions and voice too!

Just such a wonderful animation. C:>
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Dead-R0se Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Wow I was blown away!! The depth in that short segment was outstanding!
*instant fave*

Any tips for an amateur? I'm trying to train my eyes to animate mass instead of, well, just doing inbetweens/keying, but my proportions always seem wrong if I don't key or do really tight inbtwns but that looses the character somewhere in the shapes. Tips? :D
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Kobb Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010
I'm so sorry for taking so long to reply on this one - didn't have a quick answer at first and I let it get buried in my inbox.

One of the things I learned in one of my classes (which the teacher learned from Glen Keane when she was in school) was to ditch the light table except when you need it for close inbetweens... if you're working on paper, that is. Learn to roll the pages so you can start to picture the thing moving in space and put the parts where they need to go. It does take practice, and I'd advise starting with simple things at first, but it really does help keep you from just tracing shapes and thereby flattening the thing you're animating.

If you have any other questions (or if I wan't clear enough here, which is pretty likely), feel free to ask. I finally cleaned out my inbox so it shouldn't take 3 months to get a reply this time. X)
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Dead-R0se Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010  Student Digital Artist
thank you so, and ha, that was a long wait but worth it

Do you have any tips on digital animation? just any.. also, do you know what is the right way to end a shot? Because whenever I finish animating a certain thing I realize the ending is sort of awkward/stiff.
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Kobb Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010
Digital, like Flash? Probably on the same note, I'd advise not to rely too heavily on any onion-skinning features. They're definitely useful, but not as a crutch.

Also, here's a pretty inspiring video I like to watch of someone doing a realtime Flash animation demo: [link] Traditional style, aw yeah!

As for scene/shot endings, there probably isn't a single answer that would cover all situations. When you animate, it's best to doodle out some thumbnails of what you think you want to do beforehand. Work out in quick format the little quirks and expressions, and here is probably where you'd figure out your ending - before you even start! Would it be appropriate for the character to stare blankly into the camera? For him to look at his feet in shame or stare dreamily into space? It all has to do with getting in his head and figuring out what he's thinking, and then have him react to what just happened in a way that makes sense.
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Dead-R0se Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Ah, thanks. I use Photoshop but that helps anyway.

Yes, I do make little storyboards of a dozen scenes and then animate. I wouldn't imagine why not, so XD All that advice is very helpful actually, thank you so much. Sorry for all the questions, but would you suggest using exaggeration in expression at ever chance you get(if needed)?
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Kobb Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010
Ah yes, I've animated in Photoshop - it's a very clunky thing to animate with, because you can't "flip" the drawings very well. But good luck with that!

And, absolutely. Exaggeration is a key part of animation so that everything reads clearly. It's easier to calm down exaggeration that has gone too far than to try and force it in where the action/emotion has become too sluggish. :)
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ghazrat Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009
Well you certainly did a good job, seeing as I got the full intention with only the first half of the facepalm! :XD:
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ghazrat Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009
I was so expecting Tigress to facepalm at the end there. :XD: Was that the plan and you just ran out of time or am I reading too much into the gesture?

Po looked brilliant, really nice and expressive. :D
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Kobb Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009
Interesting that you say that, because that was indeed my original intention! Tigress is just the facepalming sort, heh. But yeah, I didn't even have time to do all the inbetweening I wanted to on Po, so I only drew the minimum number of poses for her disapproval to read. It makes his dithering funnier X)
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DP5 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Man if you could make you own animated movie you'd have no trouble :iconimhappyplz:

I'm still trying to get the hang of it...
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Revelati0n Featured By Owner May 16, 2009
Interesting.
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Nerual-56 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009  Student General Artist
wow. so how do you do this? i've tryed my hand at animation...but since i know nothing of how to do animation it didnt really work. if you not too busy what are the raw basics? dont worry about it if you dont have time lol
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Kobb Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009
It's not so much lack of time as... lack of ability to explain very well. :P

The best advice I can give on animation is to just do it. There are some good books you can look at to get started - this [link] being a great one - but reading and watching inspirational stuff only gets you so far (as I've learned to my chagrin).

But seriously. Just throwing yourself in and seeing what happens is the best way to learn. You make mistakes and try to correct them. You start to learn what looks good as opposed to what doesn't. If you have a tablet, download Easytoon (easily found w/Google) and use that to play around. If you don't, buy some Post-It pads or rubber band a stack of index cards to make flipbooks. In the meantime, try to draw things from life in your sketchbook so you can get used to showing motion in still drawings without having to copy anything.

I found a cool video recently on Youtube that might help as far as watching someone work. [link]
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Nerual-56 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2009  Student General Artist
lol! thanks fo much! i'll downlaod that easytoon right now as i do have a wacom. is there any other free animation softwear that you know of?
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Kobb Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2009
Mmm... I know there were a couple programs floating around, one called Pencil and another called Plastic Animation Paper (or PAP) which were for 2D animation with a tablet. I haven't had the chance to use either extensively, so I can't really speak as to how good they are.

And, if you have paper animation you've scanned or frames you've created somewhere else, there's a free pencil test program called MonkeyJam that lets you import all the images and time 'em out... and it exports Quicktime-friendly AVIs.
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Nerual-56 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2009  Student General Artist
thanks so much! i'll start playing around with those as soon as my homework lets up a little ^^; i really appriciate the help!! :D
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Psychic-girl Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2009
AHAHAH! that was great! keep it up!
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Telracs1994 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
lol. This is hilarious!
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SpiceyChick Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008
Go brian reagan!!
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Artstud1985 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008
So like Po! Good job!
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Rainblossom Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2008
You are my hero.

Brian Regan + Kung Fu Panda = EPIC WIN.

Oh, what I wouldn't give to see Po buy a boxen of donuts. :XD:
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Kobb Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2008
Haha! Absolutely. Or maybe two boxen.

I played a whole lotta Brian Regan for my siblings after I got home last week so they could understand the awesomeness of his comedy.
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Rainblossom Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2008
xD Indeed.

That's really cool. I wish more people knew about him, he's one of the few clean comedians out there and boy is he hilarious.
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Kobb Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009
Haha, the other day it suddenly occurred to me, "Hey... Brian Regan is clean, isn't he?!" and then I felt retarded, which is why this comment made me chuckle. Must be because I only listen to the clean ones, but still. Heh.
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Rainblossom Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009
xD
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StalkedByDragons Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2008  Student
Oh my socks EPIC WIN!

I enjoy how Tigress is just like, " Oh, hand ME the damn thing." xDDDD

Or is she indicating that he continue? Po's reaction does seem to lend itself more to that possibility. xDDD

Hmm... Would Tigress be that stoic? Seems like whats-his-face... the old master (forgotten his name, only seen the movie once) would be more like that. But I like tigress more, and I think it's funny as HEYELL. xDDD

Nicely done! :D
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Kobb Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2008
The intention was an indication to continue, but a lot of these other interpretations I'm getting will also work - that one included.

It's true - Tigress would probably be a little more active (perhaps an eyeroll or something else) but as it always works out, I was behind on Po and only had time to throw out a few drawings for her. I had a couple keys at the end of her doing a nice facepalm, but since there was no time to inbetween it and it didn't really read as keys anyway, I took 'em out. My teacher ended up liking the contrast between always-moving Po and rarely-moving Tigress, so even if it breaks her character a bit I guess it worked. :?
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StalkedByDragons Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008  Student
Yes, I'll have to agree with your teacher about the contrast. :3

I appreciate the animation all the same. It's still cute no matter how you look at it! xD
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SimbaGirl Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOL!!! I love the tiger guy standing there blankly the whole time. I think that must be the funniest part. XDD
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Kobb Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008
My classmates liked the contrast. (seeing as how Po is moving all over the place and Tigress only makes one small movement the whole time.) Tigress is 100% unimpressed with Po's troubles. :lol:
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SimbaGirl Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hee! At the end she kinda looks like she's holding her hand out as if to say "Just give ME the phone, I know how to make a prank call!!" :P
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shayfifearts Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008  Professional General Artist
Once again, you are just the coolest ever. This rocks my world!
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Kobb Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008
Aw, thanks. :D
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FrostyPuppy Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008  Hobbyist
HAHA! I knew that once I got back to this it would be just pure awesome, and then an edit to follow up too, very great work here, its one of the funniest animations Ive seen ;p
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Kobb Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008
*bow* Thank you! :D
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MasikaRain Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008
Oh happiness! Po and Brian Regan should be good friends :D This is awesome, Rachel, you've got good reaction timing there, especially when Po figures out it's not running! Nice synching too. FUN! Fun and happiness.
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Kobb Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008
It's like the voice and character were made for each other. (Brian Regan should be in an animated film sometime, anyone with me? =P) I got to have a lot of fun with it, so I'm glad the end result is fun for more people than just me.
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MasikaRain Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2008
YES! You get my vote, we must make an animated movie with Brian as the main character! "A...flocken! Of Moosen! in the Woodsen!" (that's my favorite one :D )
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Stamps Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008
Wow, great job matching the words with expressive body language. :clap: That makes me want to have somebody prank call me with that question. ^^;
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Kobb Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008
Haha, and you know how to completely derail them! :D Thanks!
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2551241182 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008
lol it's NOT running!
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MasikaRain Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008
Dang it! I've been trying this on a few different computers and can't get it to work! Curses! I bet it rawks though, 'cause you do awesome stuff.
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Kobb Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008
Wonder if those 2D lab computers put out weird .mov files. (wouldn't put it past 'em, as part of the few Macs on campus they might be rebellious) Anyways, with the final version I turn in, I'll probably link it to Youtube for the people the original file ends up not liking.
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MasikaRain Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008
Hooray! Then I'll be able to view it in all it's awesome glory!
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K-hermann Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008  Professional Filmographer
shit! i cant see it
another site link??
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