Researchers Regurgitate Disney Insights

Posted by Michael Pinto on Aug 17, 2008 in Animation |

Thanks to computer graphics it’s interesting to me that serious researchers are covering ground that traditional animation has been focused on for almost 100 years now. In the above video scientists reach the conclusion that having different body types makes for a more convincing scene — well the truth of the matter is that Disney already used this technique with great success in the 1937 film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. If you looks at the seven dwarfs you’ll notice that they all have different body types:

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Just think about it: Over 70 years ago Disney animators knew how to create a convincing crowd with just seven characters who were all the same height and sex — yet computer scientists are just wrapping their heads around this now…

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