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They say there is no way to analyze comedy without breaking it, but in this 4-session course, Disney animator, Tony Bancroft, will endeavour to do just that. Animating comedy characters is part of what makes cartoons popular the world over. Learn the tricks and tips in creating funny business from an animator with years of comedy experience from creating characters such as Disney’s Cogsworth, Iago, Pumbaa and Kronk.
TONY’S FUNNY LIFE IN ANIMATION
IN THE BEGINNING, THERE WAS FUNNY
Innocents, Idiots, Wiseguys and Sidekicks. Bancroft will examine comedic architypes and the history of comedy characters and their function in narrative storytelling. He will take students through what it means to be an “actor with a pencil or mouse” and create a funny drawing or pose.
THE TRIED & TRUE: DIFFERENT TYPES OF GAGS
In animation there are different types of visual gags that have been effectively developed through time. Bancroft will break down some of the most used types and review them in popular animated films. Examples from multiple animated films and shorts (including Bancroft’s own work) will be utilized.
PUSHING THE ENVELOPE: OR “BIGGER IS FUNNIER”
Finding the funny in dialogue and pantomime scenes. The importance of pre-planning through “thumb-nailing” out your scene is discussed with examples by various animators. Students will learn how to break down dialogue and expressions and use the technique of “phrasing” to create a performance that works for the scene. Bancroft will review his philosophy of “bigger is funnier” and what that means for pushing expressions and comic elements to make your drawings as funny as possible.
Dave has almost three decades of experience in the animation industry, working on some of the most iconic 2D and CGI animated films of our time. Dave is currently the Animation Supervisor at Animal Logic’s Vancouver studio and has recently wrapped on The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part.
In 1991, Dave started at Walt Disney Feature Animation where he was an Animator and Supervising Animator on many of their most successful 2D films including Beauty & The Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King and Tarzan.
In 2001, he switched his pencil for a computer and started at PDI/DreamWorks, working as an Animator, Supervising Animator and Head Of Character Animation. His credits during this time include Shrek 2, Madagascar, Over the Hedge, Megamind and Trolls.
Dave graduated from Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver with Honours in Animation.
With over 30 years in the animation industry, Bancroft has been creatively involved in almost every position making an animated film, video, commercial, or short film. He has worked at studios including Sony Pictures, where he was the Animation Supervisor on Stuart Little 2, and Disney Feature Animation, where he spent 12 years animating on such films as Beauty & the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King and The Emperor’s New Groove. Also at Disney, Bancroft co-directed the animated feature Mulan. He hosts a popular podcast with his twin brother, also an animator, called the Bancroft Brothers Animation Podcast, available on iTunes. He is also the author of the book Directing for Animation: Everything You Didn’t Learn in Art School (Focal Press, 2013). His newest animated movie, Animal Crackers, was released in 2018. Bancroft has a passion for storytelling through animation, and is excited to share his passion and experience with the next generation of storytellers.
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