Character Design In 'Gertie The Dinosour'

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The problem in animation is that The very first egzample of a character in animation is “Gertie the dinosour”, created by Winsor Mccay in 1914. It was a semi-live action film, where McCay stood on the stage and the screen behind him showed an animation about the dinodour. McCay preformes scenes with Gertie where he would ask her to do some tricks and she responded to his requests. The character was given human face expressions and body language wich created a connection between the Gertie and the audience. The humant traits were adopted by the dinosour in a very subtle way , she was belivable as a dinosour and her emotions understandable to the audience. Paul Wells has summed up the principles od character design in animation. The characters may be understood through its costume,…show more content…
Richard Williams prooved in “The animators survival kit” that this new technique had a great impact on the development of character design. By showing an image of an old and young women, tracing the shapes of various features he explains how they can be transfered to an animated character to inform us about their condition and age. In another example Williams traces the walk of a woman and a men, noticing the key differences in their motion. Power, strenght, confidence, dynamic of a character can be suggested just by the way of walk. Popeye and Betty Boop are the first cartoons where this new principles were applied and became real characters the audience could understand and relate to. both came out in the 1930’s and were created by the Fleischer brothers. They are great examples of how to design a human character and showing personality bu motion. Betty Boop’s character defines feminity, she has hourglass figure, long legs, round face, big eyes, red lips. She was a dancer and the characteristic hip swing informed us about her sexuality where her face was more innocent and

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