Thursday, April 16, 2009

Carbunkle 3 - Bob's take and zip out - building up energy


If I had sent these layouts to a typical overseas studio, they would have come back with no emphasis or punch. Instead this was animated by Bob Jaques, who used some unique ways to punctuate key actions and make them stick.

From this layout pose above, Ren has to let go of his tongue so it will flop back into his mouth.Bob animates it in a designy wave pattern and times it so it starts almost even, but then snaps into his head.
Wham! You really feel the impact of the tongue driving all the way back into Ren's skull.Here's another thing Bob excels at. He can take a pose, and build up a ton of energy into it, before letting it loose into the next pose.
This is the basic layout pose above, but if you still frame through the clip, you can see that not every part of Ren makes it to this pose at the same time. There is also some very subtle overlap and tight inbetweens. All this adds up to tremendous built up energy.
Then Ren just pops off screen and there are no drawings of him. The contrast between the built up energy and him disappearing in the other direction gives the illusion that we saw him exit the stage. The smoke dissipating adds to the illusion.
Stimpy needs to look to the right after Ren, so Bob goes past the layout key ...
and then pops back into it, thus giving it an accent and helping draw attention to this tiny move that might otherwise be missed.

video

http://www.cartoonthrills.org/blog/spumco/RenStimpy/1BHB/BobRenTakeandZip.mov

20 comments:

Mercedes said...

Hey John, amazing stuff as always. We need to get your genius ass back in the mag!! We can pay you in beer and compliments.

A friend of mine is writing/podcasting for slashfilm.com and was wondering if you'd like to be a guest animation reviewer some time? Email me to let me know.

~ Mercedes (@animationmagazine.net)

Niki said...

that was loud! this guy next to me just laughed about it too!

patrick said...

Wow, golden! Thanks for all these BHB posts!!!

John said...

Say the words 'Ren & Stimpy' and I always think of this take - awesome!

These screengrabs are pretty clear, are they from the American DVD? 'Cos the UK one has all kinds of crap that makes it hard to go frame by frame.

Ryan G. said...

I love that split second pause right after his tongue snaps back into his mouth. Great timing!

Kerssido said...

I love Ren's ears.

Zoran Taylor said...

It's not in this scene, but a background touch that flew past me a million times before it hit me was the appearance of George Jetson's head on a dog's body behind the little girl as Ren is stopping her in her tracks near the end of the cartoon.

Oh yes, and like I badgered a few posts ago, PLEEEZE tell us about the mysterious 3-D scene!

Wormen said...

Hey John!
Those two lines "I've been poisened" and " I must wash myself" is the greatest ren lines I've ever heard! Seriously amazing!

David Bernal said...

Thanks TONS for this John! Ultra Mega Awesome!!!!

Ahahnah said...

The "take" is awesome. I love the contrast and rhythm between the size of the eyes/tongue and feet. He really produced a lot of energy having Ren's torso bend when Ren was raising his foot as he was about to race off.

J.R. Spumkin said...

When I first saw this (I was at least 3 at the time), I decided I'd use this line whenever I'd take a bath. Yup, every time, without fail, I'd yell, "I must wash myself!"

I was a strange child, I was.

Trevor Thompson said...

Who voiced that scream?

Jay Taylor said...

John,

I know Big House Blues was shot on film, but were there any film prints made? Or did the negative go straight to telecine?

bill said...

You're lucky you had them. They are very talented.

Sean W. said...

Wow this animation is very subtle and well done. It makes such a difference paying attention to these subtlest things. This is what animation is about! Amazing!

Rick Roberts said...

You gotta love the blue tongue. What the hell happened to it in the series ? I miss the black eye lids too.

Brubaker said...

Rick,

I believe the black eye lids was actually a mistake on the overseas studio's part (John can correct me if I'm wrong).

The blue tongue always sticks out in the opening sequence. Nice to see how it actually went on in the original cartoon.

James Sugrue said...

I loved Ren with a Blue tongue in the pilot. I wonder why they gave him a blue tongue in the first place?

Sven Hoek said...

Funny, very funny!

SparkyMK3 said...

Bob Jaques...isn't that the guy who directed and produced The New Woody Woodpecker Show? What did you think of that show, John?