I promised myself I wouldn’t do the apology for not blogging/podcasting, so forget it. I’ve been working.
On a little break I came across these clips that I just had to share. Each and every one of them is a goldmine of reference, containing those juicy moments that would challenge any animator. They’re clips of people discovering how to play the new Nintendo Wii. They are put in this room and given the controllers with no instruction. The range of emotions is beautiful to watch, and many times I found myself smiling as much as the people on screen. I hope you’re as captivated as I am by their expressions, body language, and reactions to their discoveries.
I found myself so immediately engaged in watching these people and it reminded me of the Freddy Moore quote from The Illusion of Life:
They love to see the drawings move and the characters think! Remember that! It’s what they like to see in our scenes. It’s what they liked with Fergy’s Pluto, you know. We should always let them see the characters think!
It’s also an ingenious bit of advertising to not focus on the graphics and tech, but on the people enjoying the game. Isn’t that what really matters anyhow? What a great way to sell the darned things.
Enough blabbing. I’ve got more work to do.
Click here to watch and study. I wish there was a way to save these.
My favorite clip is the Japanese couple. The woman’s reactions are priceless!