Beyond Uncanny: Breaking from the Styleguide

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When we watch animated serials and films, we view characters and backgrounds that have been designed with great care, and are employed frame after frame by a multitude of animators. The characters are drawn off a style sheet or guide; which defines what that character looks like, how it moves and reacts, and this is in most cases adhered to strictly. However, there are certain genres of animation where deviation from the styleguide is used to create an emphasised sense of the uncanny.

Breaking away from the normal styleguide has become a common practice for some, and still isn’t on the cards for others. And while it’s less common than not, the usage of intentionally ‘messing with’ the style, proportion and perceived physical/articular capabilities of the animated character – is on the rise.

The paper aims to disclose the power of this comedic device.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Event2007 Animated Dialogues Conference - Monash University Berwick, Berwick, Australia
Duration: 17 Jun 200719 Jun 2007


Conference2007 Animated Dialogues Conference
Abbreviated titleAnimation
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