Sunday, November 15, 2009
I've read a few things about Fantastic Mr. Fox director Wes Anderson acting out all of the characters on video as a guide for his animators, and the writers always make it sound like a very eccentric move on his part. But it's hardly unprecedented.
Back in the classic Disney days, actors were often brought in to film references scenes for the animators, with Walt Disney himself occasionally acting out Mickey Mouse and other characters. (Bela Lugosi was brought in to act out the devil for the Night on Bald Mountain sequence in Fantasia, but the animators didn't care for his performance and his footage wasn't used.) More recently, Ang Lee used motion capture to act out the Hulk's scenes in The Hulk.
So this footage of Anderson hopping around in his bathrobe is really just part of an old animation tradition. Of course, that doesn't stop it from looking really goofy.
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