Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Unit 05- Research- Giving Life to Inanimate Objects

In this unit, we are asked to give life to an inanimate object, giving it emotions and movement. For this purpose, I had to research some examples where it applied before by Disney, Warner Bros , etc.

Disney- Fantasia

This is maybe one of the best examples, of inanimate becoming alive, as they get the spell by Mickey they start to perform and to have their own opinions, their own conscious mind.

The scene that better shown this is when the flowers start to dance or when mickey cast the spell on the broom.

Disney- Beauty and The Beast

The Beauty and the Beast film is another amazing example of the power of animation to really give life to objects and associated them with real people. Even though, Disney for this film added human characteristics to the main object characters like eyes, mouths, etc., the principle of entertaining by giving them emotions is there presented.

Jan Svankmajer- Meat Love

Meat Love by Svankmajer is also a good example of giving life to objects, even though it does not share the same classical style like Disney, because it is stop-motion, but the idea is send across really clearly.

Meat Love

In this short animation, it is shown how simple objects from everyday life can become animated. the surrealistic way in which Svankmajer approaches this animation, creating a romance between steaks that lately are cooked, a hint of black humour.

Pixar- Luxo Jr.

Pixar for 1 of their 1st short animated films, they used a lamp and start to apply emotions and consciousness to it, creating not only a object but also a character. Luxo Jr. is one of the best example of how a non human characteristic object can bear almost the same emotions and consciousness of the human.

Luxo Jr.

Pixar- Etch (from Toy Story)

Pixar- Wall- E

Wall-E ,as I posted before, is a great example of a slapstick character, though it is not human. it bears some human similarities, like the eyes and hands, but he doesnt look human at all. so the challenge was to create emotions through their eyes and body movement.