The Twelve Principles of Animation Research: Exaggeration

Exaggeration is one of the very last principles of Animation and is a method of making a animation appear realistic or surreal, this is depends on the artists/companies/animations preference. What I mean by this is that an animation has a set art style, now this depends on the creator/company of the animation and theses animation often consist of one or sometimes two styles. Theses arts style can vary between various themes such as super natural, sci-fi, the themes are not only the influences of the art styles the other influences are also are the artist preference/style that they can draw in.

Here are examples of Exaggeration:

These where chosen due to the fact that each of these clips are excellent examples of different styles of Exaggeration, as well as displaying the large variations between each art style. For example the first clip that I have used is one of Disney’s newest shows Randy Cunningham 9th Grade Ninja created by Jed Elinoff and Scott Thomas. The Art Style for this animation is quite easy to see due to the fact that it is colourful and the characters are quite gangly (Tall). The reason for this is due to the fact that they represent something within the animation, for example the colours can represent or foreshadow the humor within the animation or the length of the character can be used to help the character’s run easier from the monsters and robots that attack, although for randy this applies to his martial arts skills as the ninja.

The second clip chosen is Danny Phantom by Butch Hartman this style focuses on humor and action so the bodies are easy to manipulate with any of the scene a perfect example of this is Danny’s transformations into Phantom. The third clip is Young Justice created by Brandon Vietti and Greg Weisman, the art style for this show is based on regular human anatomy but in a animated form and the colours used are often swaped between colourful and dark colours. This is used to show how life is for the teenage super heroes so in this case how in one moment they go from been regular teens to heroes. The final clip is for Sonic The Hedgehog Satam by SEGA and Dic Entertainment, this show exaggeration is quite obvious from the start all the characters are animals except for two characters who are humans but they also look miss proportioned due to the fact that they are evil.

When using exaggeration one must not over use it because it make either animation appear ridiculous but also make it not understandable due to the fact that too much maybe happening within the animation to be able to comprehend. I have already made a example of Exaggeration when I created Ploceidae The Weaver due to the fact that it is based on the Art Style of Sonic The Hedgehog with the forms of the Mobians as well as the colour scheme. The exaggeration Principle is is well displayed with Ploceidae The Weaver because of this and allows him to be easily understood when seen and is not put off due to the fact that the Exaggeration Principle isn’t over used.

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