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BA1a Swing You Sinners!

Clip 8 - Swing You Sinners!

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What principles were used?

  • Squash and stretch

  • Appeal

  • Exaggeration

  • Staging


The most obvious principle used in this clip is squash and stretch after the two characters combine while fighting. As they hit the ground they squish, while they stretch when trying to hop into the air. The amount of squash shows that the mass is very soft. This is also an example of exaggeration due to the two characters combining while fighting, creating the illusion that the characters were fighting so quickly, we wouldn't be able to distinguish the characters from each other.

There is also appeal in this clip, as seen by the two characters being different animals. This already makes the characters interesting to look at. This is even taken a step further when they accidentally swap heads, adding comedic value to the scene and personality to them both. The chicken is also seen to be making fun of the dog, making them look brassy.

Finally, this clip has staging as the characters either stand in the thirds of the screen or are fighting in the centre which. Not only that, there are no distractions in the background and it's clear where the audience should focus.

In the end, this clip is very interesting since it was made before the 12 principles of animation were written down and published.

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