ANIMATION/VIDEOS – Learning Moho Pro 12: Tutorial 1.4 Bone Setup
The unique thing about most modern animation programs like Moho Pro 12 is their ability to “rig” a drawing for animation. By “rig” I mean, you attach bones to your drawing so that you can warp and move your drawing. This way, you don’t have to redraw as much as you would traditionally.
In this week’s video I learn the Moho Pro 12 process of adding bones to a character so that it can be animated. It’s really very simple…at least in theory. Once you need to get into a more complicated rig, things get a bit more involved. Fortunately, I don’t deal with any of that in this video.
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When it comes to animation, creating great looking characters and having them move around, is what it’s all about. So far I’ve seen how to create simple shapes and add gradients. But what about more complicated designs?
Well that’s what I look at this in this tutorial. We find out the best method to use when building characters in Moho.
I say “building” and not “drawing” because, well drawing is not putting vector points on a screen. It feels nothing like drawing. It feels more like playing with Legos. So yeah, “building.”
In the tutorial, I build clouds and trees using the program. Have a look.
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Recently having bought Moho Pro 12, I realized I didn’t know anything about the interface and what I need to do to get anything done. So I decided to follow along with the pdf tutorial that came with the program.
This video is all about following along with the 1.2 part of that tutorial. In this video I’ll draw clouds and trees using the vector points.
This seems to be the best way to build images using Moho Studio.
Notice I said “build images” and not “draw things.” This is because, when using vector points, you’re not really drawing anything. You’re building it out of the vector points.
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ANIMATION/SUPERHEROES – 3 Reasons to Watch Justice League Gods and Monsters
As you may already know, I love watching superhero animated movies. Especially DC ones. I must admit though, when I heard that Bruce Timm was doing a much “darker,” Justice League animated movie for Warner Brothers called Justice League: Gods and Monsters I wasn’t thrilled.
I really didn’t see the point of making the Justice League grittier. When I read the interviews with Bruce Timm around the internet, I still didn’t know if I liked what I heard. I think, deep down, what I was hearing from these interviews was the whole notion that was done to death in the 90s of “EXTREME!” superheroes.
“These aren’t your ordinary, wimpy heroes, they kill the bad guys because they’re EXTREME!”
Then the Machinima website helped produced some shorts that gave you a taste of what this very different Justice League was like. If you haven’t seen them, here they are below:
Okay so I was intrigued after watching the shorts, but they are exactly what I thought they would be, it’s Justice League EXTREME.
That said, it still made me want to watch the movie, not because these characters crossed moral lines but simply because they were so very different from what I was used to.
Yes, it’s very much in that EXTREME superhero genre, but it’s actually really well done in spite of that. Here’s three reasons why you should give this movie a go:
The promotional material I saw for this movie mainly focused on the how the world and the characters where different. Going in, I really didn’t have any idea what this movie was going to be about.
This was great because when I finally watched it, I was intrigued all the way through. There’s so many fun revelations and twists through out the movie.
The best part, is how it all comes together in the end. I was very impressed. The fact that the characters where so different from what you’re familiar with really created a great tension through out the movie.
I was really satisfied. It was very well written.
You simply don’t know what’s going to happen next or how these Justice League characters will react. The fact that they’re blank slates and you’re getting to know them means you don’t know what to expect.
You’re also constantly discovering what this world’s version of other traditional characters are like. This makes watching the movie really fun. Full of unexpected cameos and surprising revelations.
Which brings me to the characters themselves. I honestly didn’t think I’d like them as much as I did.
As Bruce Timm says in an interview, the fact that these characters are not Clark Kent, Bruce Wayne and Diana Prince, makes it easier to accept the actions the characters take. He was right.
In spite of the killing, they came across as very relatable. They are flawed but they’re trying to do good. And because they weren’t the tradition characters, I was more willing to let them have their flaws.
Once the movie was over, I couldn’t help but want to read or watch more stories with them.
I now have my answer but before I can give it, I have to go through the pros and cons that make up the show.
I need to judge it on it’s own merits. There’s a lot to like about the show and there’s a few things that could be better.
This is tricky thing to write for me since I met and have become acquainted with the character designers of the show. They’re a bunch of great hard working guys.
Saying any cons can be taken as an insult. I don’t meant it this way at all.
I’ll try to be as objective and even handed as I can be about the show. I’m going to begin with the cons and then move on to the pros in order to end this in a positive note.
After that I’ll answer the question. I will say this before I begin though, I did enjoy watching this show.
I think perhaps the worst thing about the show is it’s inconsistency. I’m not sure exactly who this show is for.
On the one hand, the look of the show is such that it seems like a serious comic books show.
On the other hand, it’s often really goofy, silly and comical. Sometimes at very inappropriate times in the story. This causes moments of peril in the show to lose their drama, taking away all tension, causing me to lose engagement.
So is this a serious show with comedic moments or a silly show with occasional dramatic moments? Well, neither, because is doesn’t do any of those thing very well.
Once in a while a comedic moment is truly funny and I laugh, but most of the time it just seems forced. Like they HAVE to add humor.
Yet, I haven’t watched an episode that really pulled my emotional heart strings. I can tell it wants to but it fails to do so.
And there are episodes that are really great to watch, and then there’s other’s that are simply just there and don’t do anything for me.
There’s an occasional episode where the story attempts something unique and deep. Then there are the episodes where the moral is so obvious, heavy handed and preachy that the characters literally say something like, “Today I learned that I shouldn’t lie.”
So is this a show for kids? Then why does it look like it’s a more serious show? Wouldn’t it be better if it was more cartoony looking so it would appeal to them?
And if it’s for teenagers or older, why is it written so heavy handed and preachy?
The bad guys where inconsistent too. When new bad guys are introduced, they would take out the team single handed, but then they join The Red Skull and suddenly they can be taken on by one or two heroes.
It’s just really inconsistent.
Okay, this shouldn’t be a con. I mean, it’s got Ironman, Captain America, Thor, The Hulk, Hawkeye, Black Widow, and Falcon. They’re great characters, but, I can’t really say I cared much about them.
In the first few episodes of the show, none of the characters had a unique personality. They where all the same. Their dialogue could have been interchangeable.
Every character was snarky. Including Captain America. Every bit of dialogue was a quip. It was meant to show wit but what it did was make everyone unlikeable.
Around the fourth episode, this stopped and the characters started to come into their own. I ended up liking them a bit more. By the time the season ended, they where much better.
Still, the character I like least on the show is Ironman. I find him really unappealing.
The relationships between the characters never seemed genuine. It always felt superficial. Thor and Hulk always tried to prove who was stronger and Hawkeye and Hulk always fought over cookies. Ironman and Captain America argued about technology, and Falcon felt like the new guy.
The show never really got deeper than that. All the relationships where shallow. I couldn’t help wishing for more depth. More drama, more…of a soap opera. The best superhero stories are soap operas.
Oh, and I’m sorry but some of the characters in the villain group The Circus of Crime in episode “Crime and Circuses” were just dumb. I’m looking at you Human Cannonball.
All those cons may make you think I don’t like the show. Truth is, I did enjoy it. The problems I’ve pointed out above are said because I like the show and want it to be even better.
So here are the pros…
I like the designs of the show. As I’ve stated above, I’ve met the designers and Jeff Wasmester is an acquaintance of mine. I love it when I see a drawing on the show that is obviously his. He’s such ridiculously good artist.
My favorite design is Ironman. He just looks darn cool.
The show just has a good feel to it.
I congratulate the design team on the look of the show. It’s tough to work in that heroic animated style without making the characters designs look dull.
Avengers Assemble doesn’t have that problem.
As many cons as there may have, the stories in this series are actually really fun to watch. There’s some really good stuff in here.
Some of my favorites kinda run the gamut between fairly serious and comedic.
Hyperion – The Avengers basically fight Superman. Good stuff. Hyperion is so awesome. Too bad he’s never this powerful again on in other episodes.
Depth Charge – The Avengers fight Attuma, the master of the ocean (why not Submariner?). Attuma is pretty powerful in this episode, he’s never this powerful in any other episode again.
Doomstroyer – Oh man, this one is over the top, crazy powerful Doctor Doom. A lot of fun.
Hulk’s Day Out – Probably the best of the lighthearted comedic episodes. One of the few. Good character based episode as well.
Planet Doom – Great alternate earth story of a world taken over by Doctor Doom. Some of the coolest character designs on the show too.
Mojo World – Hulk and Hawkeye end up in War World….uh, no that’s DC,…I mean “Mojo World.” There’s a touch of Planet Hulk in this episode.
The Ambassador – Probably the best episode in the series. I loved this one. Capt. America has to protect Doctor Doom from the other super villains. Great stuff.
All-Fathers-Day – This one is just a good comic book fight story. Odin show up and lots of fighting occurs. But the fighting is very cool. Another good character based story.
So yeah, there’s a some fun stories worth watching in this show.
Better Than Avengers: Earth’s Mightest Heroes?
Now, there’s the elephant in the room to address.
Having watched both Avenger: Earth’s Mightest Heroes and Avengers: Assemble, is Assembled better than or as good as Earth’s Mightiest?
But it’s definitely better than Ultimate Spider-man and Wolverine and the X-Men. I’d consider it the third best Marvel animated TV series. Which is pretty good.
Still, it’s very odd because there’s a scene in the episode “Molecule Kid” where they do a flashback and the character designs look like they did in Earth’s Mightest Heroes. So are they implying that Avengers: Assemble is a continuation of the Earth’s Mightest? Because they absolutely feel like completely different shows.
Worth Your Time?
Is this show worth watching?
I say yes.
I liked it. I really wanted it to be as good as Earth’s Mightest but it’s not. It’s its own thing. That’s okay. What’s here is worth while. I can’t wait to see next season.
You should give it a try and make up your own mind.
Today I’m writing about the best computer generated animated movies that have come out in recent years.
This type of animated film is relatively new, but it’s really taken animated storytelling and managed to broaden it greatly. Especially in the eyes of mainstream audiences.
You’d think this list would be dominated only by Pixar and Dreamworks films. Well, you’d almost be right, but I decided to clump some of the Pixar and Dreamworks CG films into series. This frees up the list to allow other great CG films to get put on the list.
So let’s get started.
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There have been many directors who have attempted to make motion capture movies that look right. Beowulf,Polar Express, A Christmas Carol, all have gone into the “uncanny valley” territory, that happens when the you rely too heavily on the computer to do all the work.
This has made these movies, not only ugly, but not worth watching.
Along came Tin Tin. A motion capture CG movie done right.
Tin Tin does away with the attempt of making it’s characters super realistic. Also, when watching Tin Tin, it becomes obvious that the animators enhanced and touched up the motion capture until it looked just right.
I’m pretty sure they added and took away from the performances to make it all work. THIS is how motion capture is done well. When motion capture and animators work together in harmony to make something animate look right.
On top of that, the movie was directed by none other than Steven Spielberg. The movie comes across like an adventure movie in the same vain as his best Indiana Jones movies. It’s so much fun.
More animated movies should be in this genre. I’m looking forward to the sequel.
I have to admit, I’m a little bias about this one. I went to Sony animation studio to visit a friend when this movie was in development. I had lunch with the concept artists and I was blown away by the concept art for this movie.
This movie is totally fun and completely underrated. Mostly because it has been overshadowed another movie with singing and dancing penguins, whose name we will not mention.
Surf’s Up is nothing like that other movie.
So much of the dialogue is improvised by the actors. It’s funny, and that art direction is beautiful. The character designs are fantastic, the animation acting it awesome.
Also the water effects are pretty spectacular.
This movie is great. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it.
Oh boy, this movie rocks. One of the funniest CG animated movies ever.
It also doesn’t actually look like a typical CG movie. It actually looks like the movie was animated using Legos
It’s a surprisingly deeper movie than it seems at first.
It was written and directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the guys who brought us Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. A movie that also belongs on this list (only if it was on this list Tin Tin would be knocked off so I’m mentioning it here.)
This movie is super awesome. It’s about Legos and who doesn’t love Legos?
The very different designs continues with this adaptation of the New 52 Justice League comic, written by Geoff Johns.
I was disappointed with this movie.
This is also one of the worst depictions of Wonder Woman in any of the animated movies or series. She comes across a bit dopey and her costume looks awful.
This is also the movie that introduced the Batman chin piece, that just looks weird.
There where a few laughs but…this movie just didn’t do it for me.
Is it worth watching?
Pass on this one.
I’ve recently re-watched this movie. I also had the chance to read the comic is was based on. My thoughts have changed.
I still don’t like the designs as much, and Wonder Woman still comes across dopey. Turns out that bit is actually straight out of the comics. Yet, the second time around, I ended up enjoying this movie.
For starters, compared to the comic version, this movie is fantastic.
But, the reason I ended up changing my mind after I watched it the second time, it’s a fun beat ’em up. That’s all it really is, the Justice League fighting each other and fighting bad guys. It’s mindless and fun. If you go into it wanting more, you’ll be disappointed like I was initially.
This movie should really be called “Suicide Squad” the animated movie, but no one would have bought that, so they use Batman’s name on the title.
This is basically a Oceans 11 with DC super villains.
The Suicide Squad is a group of super villains assembled by the government to do suicide mission in exchange for pardons. Bombs are implanted in their heads so they stay in line and follow orders during the mission.
The team has made an appearance in the Smallville TV show and on the Arrow TV show. Warners is also planning a live action movie.
This particular movie takes place in the “Batman: Arkham” video game universe.
I have to say, I didn’t expect much when I put it in to watch the movie but I ended up loving it. It’s a great story. A lot of fun. Very violent, so it’s not for kids.
I like the designs on most of the characters. The take on each character is great.
The protagonist of the movie is not Batman but Deadshot. He’s the lead and he’s very cool. Batman is secondary character. This is a good thing. It makes him even more mysterious.
This is definitely one of the best animated superhero movies Warners has produced in a while.
Is it worth watching?
What do you think? Which movies do you like most?
Leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts on some of these movies.
I finally got around to writing my thoughts on the movie Frozen (affiliate link). Yes, I know I’m late to the party. Princess movies just aren’t a priority for me. I’m not the target audience.
Watched the movie a few times this weekend with my eight year old daughter. We have big arguments about animated movies and shows all the time. It’s fun.
After watching the movie, I have to say that I enjoyed it. I even liked Olaf, who I didn’t think I would like.
So I decided to just brake down my thoughts on the movie into two list of Pros and Cons. I’ll start with the Cons since I want to finish on a positive note.
Just remember that these are just my personal taste in movies and has nothing to do with the quality of the film making.
I really did enjoy the movie. So, here we go…
Male Supporting Characters Are Forgettable
Most Disney Princess movie have VERY forgettable male supporting characters/love interests. And if they aren’t forgettable, they are portrayed as idiots. I think the exception to the rule is Beauty and the Beast, and perhaps Prince Phillip in Sleeping Beauty (but only because he fought a dragon). I would have said, Aladdin, but that’s not a princess movie. And Jasmine is a very interesting supporting female character anyway.
Generally, there’s nothing really all that interesting about them. They’re just there to be the love interest.
Male villains are usually much more interesting and memorable.
Frozen is no exception. The male supporting character (s) was/where really dull. The male villain, was interesting though.
The Princess’ Designs
I hate to say it but the design of both Princess’ reminded me of Rapunzel. They could have ALL been sisters.
Compare their designs to Merida from Brave, who had a very unique look to her.
I’m being picky here, because this is a Disney movie It’s not that they weren’t appealing characters but Disney has some of the best artists working for them. They could have done something a little more unique.
It’s a Musical
Yeah, the songs are nice. I liked them, but I’d rather not watch an animated musical anymore.
I know I’m in the minority here. This is just my personal opinion. It bugs me when characters just spontaneously brake into Disney music videos. Especially when it interrupts the flow of the story and doesn’t further the plot.
This occurs one too many times in Frozen.
Plays Against Formula
My biggest gripe again most Disney princess movies is the “Disney formula,” their stories tend to fall into. Frozen plays against this formula beautifully. It leads you to believe you’re going to get the same story as always, only to veer off it just enough to make it completely new and unexpected.
I think there’s a reason why this movie has gotten so many great reviews and it’s really this. It only goes to show how tired everyone was of the same old movie and getting something just a little different really made this movie great.
Great Film For Girls/Young Women
This movie is a great female friendly movie. It’s a nice family movie too, but it’s more geared for females than any other audience.
The women are strong, independent, smart, fun, funny, attractive and driven. They’re great role models.
Also, there’s that “freedom” scene. You know what I mean, the “I’m and independent woman, let it go song” It reminds me of my sister.
It’s the highlight of the movie and I’m sure, within the context of the movie, it resonates, with a lot of young women.
Great Message About Love (Agape)
It’s go a great message about Love. Not necessarily about romantic love, and not even about filial love, but about, what Catholics commonly referrer to as Charity or Agape.
In other words, self-less love.
It’s a great lesson. It’s spelled out very well and very clearly. In fact, ti’s almost annoying because there are a few moments of selfless love in the movie that don’t seem to do that “trick” that would fix the problem or isn’t acknowledged.
They don’t make sense to me but, I guess it would have been less climatic is they did the trick so…I guess it’s okay?
Overall the movie was great. I really enjoyed it. It’s one of the better animated Disney movies to come out in a while.
It’s worth watching if you haven’t already. Although, I doubt that anyone wanting to see this hasn’t already.
What do you think? Agree disagree? Leave a comment below.
There are other animated superhero shows that come very close. Justice Leagueanimated andJustice League Unlimited do so, but Young Justice takes what those two shows did so well and elevates it to another level.
If you haven’t seen it, you’re really missing out.
Young Justice is one of the best drawn animated series the U.S. has ever produced. It’s only rival isThe Legend of Korra .
The character designs are great and the action is fantastic.
The look of the show very much appeals to a much older audience. It captures the superhero comic book feel very well.
I love just looking at the show. It makes the heroes look so darn cool. Very well done.
Although this show doesn’t have nearly as many characters as a show like Justice League Unlimited, the characters that show up are really great.
From the very first episodes you get a taste of what these characters are like and how they work together.
This show is not about Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Martian Manhunter, and the rest. It’s about the young people in all these heroes’ lives.
Superboy, Robin, Kid Flash, Miss Martian, Artemis, and a brand new original Aqualad is also introduced.
You might dismiss these characters as “lame” or “just sidekicks,” but the way they’re written makes each one very compelling. You’d think it would be odd to have Aqualad for example, but he’s one of the best characters in the series. He’s a Water Wizard and does more than just breath underwater and control fish.
The fact that they’re young and are learning to take on more and more dangerous responsibility, makes them even more compelling. In other words, these characters turn out to be VERY cool.
But the roster of characters doesn’t stop with them. The team roster eventually increases as we enter into the second season. Characters like Batgirl, Wonder Girl, Beast Boy, Blue Beetle, Zatana, and even Nightwing make an appearance.
I also like the relationships between the young team and the older Justice Leaguers. Especially the very tense relationship between Superman and Superboy. In this show Superboy is clone of Superman and Lex Luthor. Something Superman is NOT comfortable with, at all.
He expresses this by not wanting to have anything to do with Superboy, who is in desperate need of a father figure like Superman. This really is some of the more dramatic elements of the show.
Which leads me to the other thing I love about this show. The…
As you can see from the unexpected reaction Superman has to Superboy, this show loves to throw Monkey Wrenches at your Superhero expectations. These storyline are the heart and soul of the show. They keep you coming back for more.
Stuff the happens in the this show often leaves you in stunned silence.
The general rule of this show is, expect the unexpected. From the first episode, characters you think will join the team, don’t. A character you think will lead the team doesn’t. Characters you don’t expect to get together, do.
There’s characters that are working for bad guys in the team. There’s backstabbing, betrayals, five year skips in time that keep you scrambling to know what happened.
There are even stories where the entire Justice League is not even on Earth for months, leaving the young team in charge of the world.
I LOVE it. The Stories are so fun. You never see them coming. There’s some truly gutsy storytelling in this show. They take elements that we’ve seen in shows like Justice League animated and Justice League Unlimited and take it to a whole other level.
All this leads to…
The combination of these great characters doing unexpected things through out the show leads to some really dramatic stuff.
I really can’t convey how awesome this stuff is. It’s very hard, without spoiling it all. Needless to say, this stuff gets emotionally epic really quick.
That characters are young. They’re learning to be adults. They’re reckless and eager to prove themselves. This combined with all the twists and turns the show throws out is a recipe for very high drama.
It’s good and it’s fun.
The Best Animated Superhero TV Show
The four things above individually would have made Young Justice a good show, but in unison, they make it the best animated superhero TV show.
It’s so worth watching. It works as a stand alone show to watch.
It only ran two seasons unfortunately. Mostly because the Young Justice toys weren’t selling. NOT because of anything wrong with the show. If there was one flaw the show had, it was that is wasn’t kid friendly enough.
This should tell you right away how much more mature the stories where.
The best part for anyone who has Netflix, is that it was just released on streaming, so you can watch it all whenever you like. I recommend sooner than later.
If you’ve seen this show, sound off on the comments below.