Here’s the illusions of life in character animation as Disney animator’s Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas shared with us in the 80’s in their book The Illusion of life: Disney Animation. I had no clue of these rules. Until I stumbled upon this great video in Premium Beat on What Makes a Good Animation.
12 Basic Principles in Animation
- Squash and Stretch
- Straight Ahead Action and Pose to Pose
- Follow Through and Overlapping Action
- Slow In and Slow Out
- Secondary Animation
- Solid Drawing
Wikipedia gives us a nice brief breakdown of each principle.
Click on the picture to see a GIF animation of each. Pretty cool.