Critical Analysis of a Sequence from FANTASIA
All of the animation that was used in Fantasia was hand drawn. The
scene that we are analysing is the first one right at the very
beginning. This was when the elephants and hippos are floating on
bubbles and then one of the hippos' lands on the floor on a bed, then
the crocodiles come along.
The way that each and every one of the slides was so smooth was
because they used a technique which was very similar to ghosting that
we now use on the computers except they traced each slide onto a piece
of tracing paper as well as normal paper, they would then place each
one on top of the other so that they would be able to see where all of
the animations that they had already drawn were. The music that was
used in the film was created before the animations were drawn. The
piece is called "Dance of the Hours" and it is a ballet piece of
music. In this animation there is no speaking involved it is all done
based around the music and the expressions that the characters show.
The target audience for this piece of drawn animation would most
likely be for younger children as there are no words that are used
therefore the child would be able to understand it easily and also it
has soft and gentle music, with the animations of animals that they
are able to recognise.
At the beginning the sky is full of warm colours red, orange and
yellow. These colours are soft and gentle showing that the mood is
calm and happy. It could also show that it is night as the sun is
setting. The colours are all mixed together to create an effect that
its very peaceful. The colour that the crocodiles are wearing is red.
They wear red cloaks this colour would make them seem more dangerous
and more threatening. It also draws you to the fact that red is the
colour associated with anger and also it makes them stand out more.
This would suggest to the viewer that the crocodiles are bad and evil.
The hippos are more of a soft brown colour which suggests that they
are good and calm. Also the fact that the hippo was wearing a pink
tutu which suggests that she is sweet and innocent.
The shape of the crocodiles is much more tense and square than the
hippo. When all of the crocodiles surround the hippo they stand in a
square, with their shoulders up. The crocodiles are much more sharp
and quick. They are also of a flat shape and everything is in 2D. The
hippos are more of a round and smooth shapes, also the bubbles that
they float on are round with soft edges. A circle shape is used for
hippos to show that they are good and gentler.
There are many example of when shadows are used in this animation. The
first time we really notice a shadow is when the crocodiles are
creeping along the wall. The shadows of the crocodiles are much bigger
than the crocodiles them selves. This...