So one thing my mentor at Animation Mentor assigned to us this week was to watch The Dover Boys of Pimento University and look closely at how the transitions were made. I’d suggest you have a look at the video itself. Just look it up on Youtube.


So here is Dan Backslide. A rather funny character who uses the less common phrases of “Hark”, “Drat” and “Double Drat”. Anyway, this is a frame at Frame 5810F, or 3:13. In this scene, he is pining for this woman who’s name escapes me currently, but he says “HOW I LOVE HER…” Then he makes the move to this pose…


Now, here’s Dan Backside at Frame 5819 and 3:14. So there is 9 frames of transition. Now, the eye tends to blur fast motions, and 3D applications have taken note of this and applied what’s called “Motion Blur”. Where the computer will calculate the motion of the model, and blur it based on its acceleration and velocity. But ol Chuck Jones didn’t have this luxury, so how did they solve this? With very odd and unique frames like so…




Those are the transition frames and some are put on 2′s(ie shown twice). Just some food for thought.

Compare it to a frame of Presto(one of the best Pixar shorts ever) using Motion Blur:


Here, Presto is using Motion Blur, and you can see the big difference here to The Dover Boys. Motion blur blurs the object in both directions more or less, not necessarily treating it like Putty as the Dover Boys does. So you have an interesting look at the old way and new way, to do the same thing.

That’s about it, I’m goin to bed.

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