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April 22, 2011
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I have looked every where for a cycle of a kangaroo jumping and could not find one so I decided to make my own.

This is my first decent animation, is it any good :?

EDIT: I have noted that the tail and feet placement are not quite right, I just have not got around to fixing them yet.

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LozzLovesHorses Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
perfect exept the tail only moves in a U like shape and the legs don't move independantly
other than that awesome!
nyface Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
There's some really nice, fluid movements in this.
I just have a couple of things that I can see that maybe you'd want to look into? They're not major things, but if you want to make it look more realistic they might help. c:
1. Kangaroos do not move their legs independently of one another when they hop (I actually think it is impossible for them to move them independently at all, but I could be wrong xD). So the hindlimb furthest from someone watching a hopping kangaroo is often mostly hidden behind the one closest to the viewer. If that even makes any sense.
2. The tail of a 'roo is a counterbalance, and as such is not very flexible. It is often always in a 'u' position, and never an 's'. The tail's movement is primarily at its base, where it connects to the spine.
Hopefully this video helps show you what I mean, since I am awful at explaining things. [link]

This is really impressive for a first animation, much better than what I could do. My patience leaves me when it comes to drawing frames overandoverandover. xD I look forward to seeing this finished if you decide to clean it up. c:
Bueshang Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011   Artist
Thanks, for the awesome comment :glomp:
Ya i know about the tail but that for the pit about the feet, I just have not got around to fixing it yet :D
I am also not a patient person.
shottsy85 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Professional General Artist
research perhaps Rescuers down under or Ferngully 2 for refs on kangaroo run cycles etc. You can get the dvds and step through each frame. That is what I do a lot for good examples of what otehr people have done, and then I change up timing, character, and exaggeration to fit my style and what I want to do. If you are going for more realistic I think they have one in Rescuers down under. or see if you can find some real life kangaroo hopping ref. That always helps a lot. The tail needs more follow through to really feel like it is bouncing in reaction to the rest of it. Try animating that on a separate layer. Same with head and neck.
Bueshang Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011   Artist
I'm getting such detailed comment to help me with this one :D
Thanks so much, I will give the referencing of that movie a go.
shottsy85 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Professional General Artist
no problem! I'm glad I could help, I majored in animation and am getting back into it a bit myself :D I did a run cycle of my fat donkey character, Waffles. Not sure if you've seen it yet. [link]
Panimated Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Student Filmographer
Interesting! This must be great practice for squash and stretch. Your anatomy is great, but some of the movement looks a little bit stiff.. I'm not sure how er, -elastic- kangaroos are, but I suggest increasing the arching of the back and the angle between neck-spine-tail as it moves, don't be afraid to exaggerate more. Also if you make the tail swing and bend more like an n rather than an S, after kick-off, it'll complement the movement of the jumping. Also to make it look stronger and lighter, maybe add a few frames when it's in the air? You did great on the movement on the head/neck and on the hind-legs. Overall it's pretty impressive :D May I ask how many frames this is?
Bueshang Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011   Artist
Thanks, hmm i'm not sure on the frames, i will have to look that up but thanks for the great comment, I will look into changing a couple of things later on :D
Panimated Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Student Filmographer
I was just wondering :P
No problem, I hope it was helpful!
Bueshang Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011   Artist
It was :D
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