Video: The Illusion of Life / by Evan Troxel

I used to do a lot of animation and I wish I had studied this kind of stuff a lot more. The artists that use these subtleties and are able to put them into their own work have infinitely better results than the brute force-style I was employing. It's making me remember just how hard it was to do great animation. It's such an inventive, fun little video. Great style too.

The 12 basic principles of animation were developed by the 'old men' of Walt Disney Studios, amongst them Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston, during the 1930s. Of course they weren't old men at the time, but young men who were at the forefront of exciting discoveries that were contributing to the development of a new art form. These principles came as a result of reflection about their practice and through Disney's desire to use animation to express character and personality. This movie is my personal take on those principles, applied to simple shapes. Like a cube. Check also the animated gif gallery here