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“The Bee’s Knees” my next short animated film (part 10 of a bazillion)

Posted by eyeofthehurricane99 on July 22, 2009

Back on the animation train!


Last time… some animation!!

Today, some more squiggles:

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I’m trying to work out some of the action for this one scene where the bumblebee chases the car up a hill, then down, then into a tunnel

(where a truck comes out!) You can see the little bee in the top picture.

Also, just some general sense of how the road goes from one hill to another, in the bottom of that drawing.

Here’s going down the hill:

bumblebees art childrens cartoons animation kids funny licensing George Berlin

I think that little boat to the right is inspired by this Curious George story I read as a kid where he’s supposed to deliver newspapers, but makes boats out of them and floats them down the river

instead! I really do want the boats to look pretty toy-like for this film.

I’m trying to get a feel for how all the details are going to be handled in this drawing, too. Angles of the water from the top of a hill, how much light we’ll see in the tunnel and so on.

Here’s a little ‘thumbnail’ storyboard of this action sequence. Since I’m doing this hand-drawn, I wanted to work out how I’m going to cut from this first shot (going up) to the second shot going down without a seamless camera move. Although maybe I’ll animate the move with drawings of the background, who knows?

bumblebees art childrens cartoons animation kids funny licensing George Berlin

So, the bee chases but lags a bit behind entering the tunnel. Just long enough, apparently, for the car to exit the other side and

a big ol’ truck to come out this side!

I’m thinking maybe the bee will do that little loop-de-loop  I’ve drawn (but maybe towards the left instead of the right)

and go under the bridge to come face to face with that boat going by before he loops around the hill to continue the chase.

I want the bee to be very dizzy and disoriented by the end of this whole thing. He’s supposed to be really exasperated and broken at the end so he can have

a happy ending afterwards (no spoilers, though!)

Until next time…


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