Monday, November 3, 2014

Did you know that the familiar 1930s animation look was less an artistic decision than an economic one; that they were faster to draw and learn, and allowed artists to move between studios without having to learn all over again? Did you also know that the "rubber hose" method came to being because it was decided that articulated joints could flicker too much onscreen? So stop being uptight about it.

Cordially Yours,


nodnarB said...

hear hear! I am curious as to what made you say this? Are people being uptight because they dislike rubber hose animation?

Milton Knight said...

The artists may like it, but they're stiff and corporate about the method. When it's done today, all the curves and circles are kept uniform, as if the characters were objects. These designs were meant to be liberating!

nodnarB said...

ah ha! I see what you mean. If you don't have to worry about complicated joints and any sort of realistic anatomy, why not go for it and make it as interesting as possible!? I'd have to agree.

It's amazing watching old betty boops and other rubber hose cartoons, and seeing how far they take it. Limbs will just grow to be 3 times as long and thick as they originally were and it still doesn't detract from the viewing experience.