What’s next?

Ever heard of the Teletubbies? Arthur? Thomas and Friends? SpongeBob SquarePants? Peppa Pig?

These children TV shows all have one thing in common- animated characters, in other words ‘no human beings’. Why might that be? According to The Australian Parenting Website (2019), young children are “attracted to light, movement and activity and are able to recognise familiar characters or voices after seeing and hearing them lots of times.”

This research doesn’t surprise me. However, it played a significant role as to why I should make and include animated characters in my animation. Here, I’ve decided to use an orange, Orangy (the orange looking character) as the main character of my animation.

One of the scenes in my animation

The plot for my animation

Before making the animation, I needed to make a basic plot that introduced the concepts of pitch (high/ low), duration (fast/ slow) and dynamics (loud/ soft). I didn’t want to make my animation too long so that children feel bored, but I also didn’t want to make it too fast paced as children might feel overwhelmed and not understand what is going on.

So, I came up with this plan…

Brief plan- Plot and characters

And, it turned out like this:

Screenshot 1- Timeline of Orangy’s introduction
Screenshot 2- Timeline of Naivy’s introduction

Now, I need to record the audio for each scene and put background music onto it!

References:

The Australian Parenting Website. (2019). How children see TV, YouTube, games and movies. Retrieved November 11, 2019, from https://raisingchildren.net.au/school-age/play-media-technology/media/how-children-see-tv

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