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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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:iconlozzloveshorses:
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!
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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:
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:iconbueshang:
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.
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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.
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:iconbueshang:
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.
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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]
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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?
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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
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Panimated Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Student Filmographer
I was just wondering :P
No problem, I hope it was helpful!
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:iconbueshang:
Bueshang Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011   Artist
It was :D
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:iconrobinrings:
RobinRings Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love it C; The movement is very precise.
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:iconbueshang:
Bueshang Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011   Artist
Thanks, I still need to tweak it a bit :D
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tigerlady10 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
uh yea its really good
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:iconbueshang:
Bueshang Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011   Artist
Thanks I can see many places to improve :D
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tigerlady10 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
hahahahaha i already think its great you dont need to improve :D
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:iconwforwumbo:
WforWumbo Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool looking animation!
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:iconbueshang:
Bueshang Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011   Artist
Mush appreciated :hug:
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Yanguchitzure Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Student Filmographer
It's a very stylized, definitely fit for an animation because of the exaggerated movement.

If I were critiquing on how accurate the movement was, I'd comment on how almost none of the kangaroo actually changes in each jump. Kangaroos look as though they're hopping across very hot ground, which essentially they are. The tail bobs a bit, and the head pulls forward with each hop, but mostly everything else stays stiff.

It's a very cute characters, and the animation is very believable- the #1 goal for animators :D It's very lovely.

:iconyayzplz: Absolutely LOVE kangaroos! My favorite animal. :3
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:iconbueshang:
Bueshang Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011   Artist
Thanks for the Wicked comment :glomp:
I appreciate the constructive comments :D
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Yanguchitzure Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Student Filmographer
np. Thanks for the adorable roo. :iconexcitedplz:
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Meauxmazey Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Professional General Artist
I think for those of us who have never seen a kangaroo outside a zoo, its hard to judge movement. We see people move everyday of our lives. When an animation of a human is off we just know it. Seeing animals animated is not as ingrained. When you see a teapot animate you accept everything because we have no preconceived notions. just some food for thought. Again I think this is a great animation.
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Bueshang Featured By Owner May 29, 2011   Artist
Thanks
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:iconmeauxmazey:
Meauxmazey Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Professional General Artist
This is really great! I love the line quality, don't change it! The motion is really nice too weight and rebound. there is a slight glitch with the feet on the loop. Don't think Muybridge ever did a roo. Did you use video ref? It came out really really good.
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Bueshang Featured By Owner May 29, 2011   Artist
Thanks for the wicked comment, it was a combo of sketch images and a video of a kangaroo hopping, every one says it needed more air time but that's only when its going flat out :D
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Takara-dono Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Student Filmographer
it's so great! I do feel like it's a little fast though :)
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MsSnippy Featured By Owner May 11, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I agree with more air time, right now without it, it's moving pretty fast. It would be cool if you colored and put bit more detail in. But it is very good, fluent. Be cool to see if you can make it look like a real kangaroo.
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Bueshang Featured By Owner May 11, 2011   Artist
Cool thanks, I might try that later on:D
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Alriandi Featured By Owner May 7, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I made one on my old account but this version is actually better. I like the sketchiness.
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:iconbueshang:
Bueshang Featured By Owner May 8, 2011   Artist
Cool do you still have it up :?
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Alriandi Featured By Owner May 8, 2011  Student Digital Artist
[link]

Made with a mouse so its pretty basic and crap. Slightly too fast.
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:iconbueshang:
Bueshang Featured By Owner May 8, 2011   Artist
working with a mouse is hard :D
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Alriandi Featured By Owner May 8, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I know and I haven't gotten back to this animation because I have been busy with Uni.
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Booker-Says Featured By Owner May 7, 2011
Sorry for letting this expire. I've sent another request for it in the group ^-^
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:iconbueshang:
Bueshang Featured By Owner May 7, 2011   Artist
Thanks :D
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Kittennia Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very nicely done, in my opinion. :3 The fluidity of the stages as well as the kangaroo itself look good, and I like how every part of the body moves in rhythm with the jumping motion, preventing a 'stiff' look. Great work! ouo
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Bueshang Featured By Owner May 3, 2011   Artist
:blush: thanks, I can still pick thing wrong with it I still like it
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Friesians-rule Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011
It's a really good animation but if the kangaroo had more "air time" it would be smoother.
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:iconbueshang:
Bueshang Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011   Artist
You think :?
You might be right there :D
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Friesians-rule Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011
Yea, kangaroos jump very far with each stride. It would get rid of a lot of the "awkwardness" in the kangaroo if you let it "fly" a bit more ;P
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Snowfirewolf Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011  Student General Artist
Amazing I love how you animated it so fluently :)
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:iconbueshang:
Bueshang Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011   Artist
Thank you I appreciate it :D
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Snowfirewolf Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Student General Artist
No problem :D
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dragonrace Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011   Digital Artist
Looks amazing!
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:iconbueshang:
Bueshang Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011   Artist
Thanks :D
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dragonrace Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011   Digital Artist
np:D
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AwesomePonyTail Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very good. Nice and smooth. A little unnatural somehow, I don't know. It just doesn't look exactly how a kangaroo jumps.

Still though, it's really, really good. Must have taken a lot of work. :)
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:iconbueshang:
Bueshang Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011   Artist
Thanks I think it might be the jump up, it should be a bit more of a spring bounce.
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icthos Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011   General Artist
Is very nice. Good work :)

If I was to be very analytical and try to pick holes, Id say that the tail is the least best part. It looks a little rigid at the thickest part. But maybe they do indeed move that way.

But its very nice.
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:iconbueshang:
Bueshang Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011   Artist
Thanks :D
Yar the tail is not quite right, it does not bend the right way.

On another note, how did you find this :?
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icthos Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011   General Artist
I am a designer / Animator. I was looking to learn more about how people are using flash - was browsing the newest flash animations. ;)
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