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BA1a BAO 1

Clip 6 - BAO

What principles were used?

  • Exaggeration

  • Squash and stretch

  • Staging

  • Secondary action

  • Appeal


As seen above, we can already see exaggeration in the character design. The mum has bigger cheeks and the head is bigger than what should be normal. This give the character a softer look, which creates a comfier atmosphere.

Regarding the staging, the dark lighting makes it clear that the character is lonely and sad, however the bamboo steamer seems to be lit up. This makes the audience focus on the bamboo steamer which is where the dumpling is. Not only that, rather than having the main character breath in and eat the dumpling at the same time. However, the animator's chose to have a break in-between which really helps emphasize the loneliness she feels.

Next we see squash and stretch when the dumpling gets slightly squished while being squished. Secondly, we see and indent in the dumpling where the chopsticks hold it. This makes the dumpling seem to be of a more soft consistency

Then we get an example of appeal, the big eyes and mouth makes the character seem like a baby. Then exaggeration is used again with the dumpling crying as the mouth opens an extraordinary amount.

Finally, we see secondary action as she has jumped back into the chair and has her eyebrows raised and arms close to the body, clearly showing that she is scared of the event in the scene.

In conclusion, in this clip we get to clearly an effective way of using the different principles, especially staging and secondary action. This clip showcases a situation (lonely person, sitting and eating) that uses the principles to make the feeling and theme of loneliness obvious.


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