The Pirate from river/Petra Monheim on Vimeo.
So I was watching Motionographer. Cartoon Network has created a new promo for the network using CGI. It centers on a pirate who has a pet parrot. However, instead of this parrot being a comrade to his owner, he is a pestering bird that is nothing but annoying and ends with the pirate chasing the bird around with a firing cannon. The story is cute and simple, but the animation is amazing. It looks similar to Wallace and Grommit with the claymation idea but the style is different. I really would love to know how they did it. I don’t know anything about CGI so I don’t know what kind of effects were used but I know I haven’t seen many things similar to this. It has this completely realistic style to it, and not the claymation, stop-motion look but this fluid movement with the look of clay. Also, the environment is realistic too. The water looks like actual water and all the props on the ship, the money, etc. are real objects that are interacting in this unreal world, however it doesn’t look out of place, it looks really well done. But then there are the small details that really make the animation look clean, they use a blur effect to give the space a depth-of-field, and there are small movements throughout that make it look more animated, like the bird’s eyes are constantly moving making him look like a crazy bird, but the eyes seem to be made of a glass-like substance that looks interesting sitting in a clay bird. Overall the animation is a 30 second, beautiful piece, good job Cartoon Network.