We had an end of project postmortem, and one of our exercises was to come up with inspirational animation influences.
This is a challenge - there's always the go to works by Disney and Pixar - there's so many accomplished animations being created every day, but one thing I tend to look for outside of things like Shere Khan's acting moments and the other fantastic animation solutions out there is in timing.
I tend to look for the unexpected - things that I come across that stand out as being unusual in timing, pacing, structure or what have you.
The above clip was sent my way and it seemed to relate well the the Richard Williams adage of "juggling the timing", meaning vary your beats so they hide patterns and shift into the feel of music.
Story School - Monsters U
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