Today I've been looking at some animation examples to help inform my film. I've been looking a lot at 'Tom & Jerry' cartoons for the animation style and character dynamic. The clip below shows a similar dynamic to what I will be doing as there is a three character chase, Jerry chasing Tom, chasing Nibbles. For my film I will be having the Boy chasing the rat, chasing the dog. 

"The Two Mouseketeers" (fragment), is a 1952 American one-reel animated cartoon and is the 65th Tom and Jerry short, produced in Technicolor and released to theatres on March 15, 1952 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It was produced by Fred Quimby and directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera.

This is another clip that has that same sort of dynamic. These clips are great examples of squash & stretch and are good for studying movement, especially the smearing of the legs when the characters run. I will be using a lot of squash & stretch in my animation and will be taking a lot of inspiration from 'Tom & Jerry'. I've also been reading 'Hollywood Cartoons: American Animation in it's Golden Age' to get a bit of background information about Golden Age of animation and in particular 'Tom & Jerry'.

"Little Runaway" (fragment), is a 1952 one-reel animated cartoon and is the 68th Tom and Jerry cartoon released directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera and produced by Fred Quimby. It was animated by the usual team of animators who worked under Hanna and Barbera, credited to Ed Barge, Kenneth Muse, Irven Spence and Ray Patterson.

Another aspect of my animation film will be that it will start off in black & white and then will go into colour when the two characters come out of the TV. I've found a Gobelins short film that has a transition like this that will help with this. This colour change will represent the difference between the dull, boring real world (B&W) and then the fun dream like state when the characters come out of the TV. The b&w style used in the first half of this film is really interesting because it replicating the style the films main character, Lotte Reiniger, who pioneered silhouette animation. This then gives the transition to colour more impact because it shows her confronting the reality of the world in Germany, 1936. 

And then this next Gobelins short shows the sort of colour that I want the have in my film after the two characters come out of the TV. The colour palette at the start of the film is very naturalistic, using mainly greys and browns to create a somewhat drab feeling, which makes the bright colour from the fight really pop onto the screen and gives it more impact.  

Another short that will be a really important reference and inspiration for me while working on this project is Disney's 'Feast'. The movement that the animators get with the dog Winston is incredible and I love the design as it is very simple but extremely effective in conveying emotion just through visuals.