Sunday, August 1, 2021

A King Triton Issue

 


The first sequence I animated in The Little Mermaid shows King Triton interacting with Sebastian as they discuss Ariel's character. Actually this might be the very first scene issued to me. After completing this section it dawned on me that there was something that doesn't feel right. Triton seemed to be sitting on his "throne" on dry land. The scenes lacked a sense for being underwater. It was his hair! I drew it resting on his back, his beard positioned on his chest. Shoot!!

In all of the following scenes I animated I made sure that the hair was drifting almost weightlessly...like underwater. Sometimes you don't get it right at the start of production. It bugs me to this day...

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7 comments:

  1. Were you usually not given the chance to go back and fix some details that felt off? Or maybe in this particular case you didn't notice immediately and it was too late? I suppose production schedules were an issue...

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  2. When working on Roger Rabbit, what scenes did James Baxter animated?

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  3. Hi Andreas, I love how you animated King Triton's hair and beard underwater, or how Glenn animated Ariel's hair and a lot of the underwater swimming animation for Sebastian. Was it hard to understand how follow-through and overlap work underwater and how to make the drag and wheigt of water be felt? Because to me those things are more effective than the underwater light effects or the bubbles to make us beleive it was all happening "under the sea".

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  4. Thats interesting to know about his hair in that scene...ive seen the movie countless times and bever noticed! One thing I notice is how great the movie looks with the passage of time. Of the renaissance films imo its the one that looks the most like a classic Disney movie from the golden era.

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  5. "...It bugs me to this day..." I know this feeling to well...

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  6. That cel sold tonight. Still fantastic!

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  7. I would have never noticed that had you not pointed it out. I guess from now on I will always see it haha

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