Saturday, 11 January 2014

The Adventures of Andre & Wally B

Pixar's first short film; The Adventures of Andre and Wally B (1984). The reason they created this film was so they could experiment with character animation in 3D.
Because technology wasn't as advanced back then, John Lasseter (character designer and animator for this short) talks about the restraints of having to design the characters in perfectly symetrical shapes, in circles, cylinders, so that it would work in 3D.
Here you can see the development from the initial ideas and concept design to the final cut:

It's a significant period in time because Lasseter could have created something completely different to this, something ordinary like a robot. But this film showed audiences that Lucasfilm (later to be renamed Pixar) weren't afraid to experiment, and admit what looks good or bad, which really pins the start of their success as an animating company:

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