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Chapter 1. Web Animation Solutions > Character Animation

Character Animation

Character animation is what we all think of when we picture Disney and Warner Bros. cartoons. Character animation is much more than drawings of people or animals doing things. The art of character animation is where the animation art form has truly been defined. Line of motion, squash and stretch, anticipation and timing, and other elements of animation have all been developed and perfected in this medium (see Chapters 3 and 4). Although the techniques of character animation are highly refined, animations built with the techniques in mind can still contain content that is a little crude.

Spumco, on the http://www.spumco.com Web site, features characters animated in Macromedia's Flash and adapted to streaming playback over the Web (Figure 1.10). The animation plays as it downloads, with synchronized audio, and the result is genuinely entertaining, if brazenly commercial (the characters themselves admonish you to buy the company's products).


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