If you picked up this book, you are probably looking for a way to bring more emotion to your animated characters. Emotion in animation is much more than just depicting emotion in a character. In this book, character emotion is covered as well as other aspects of animation, such as environments and conveying emotion to the audience. My hope in writing this book is to give you an overall look at how to develop emotion in your animation from animating emotions in your characters all the way to developing emotion through the entire show.
Many years ago when I was beginning my animation career, I had an opportunity to animate Mickey Mouse for a Disney computer game. Up until that point I had created animation for videos, film, and games but never had a challenge like animating Mickey. It became evident very quickly to me that Disney cared a great deal about how Mickey animated. After my first several attempts were rejected, I received some very specific guidelines on how he was to look. One of the main things my animation was missing was emotion. My animation moved smoothly and was correct in many ways, but it lacked life because it didn’t show any emotional qualities. I had to start over again, but eventually I was successful in getting Mickey to walk and move with feeling.