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         Feb. 13         

The Cartoon!

This is your last major assignment for the year. It's your pièce de résistance, your Magnum Opus, your animation to rule the world!! Yes (Drumroll, please.) it's your time to make a full cartoon.

You learnt and practiced walks, you worked with we're going to work with mouth movements and dialogue. First we'll look at the entire assignment, then we'll learn the techy bits. After the lessons are done, you'll have plenty of time to complete a full, five-minute cartoon IF you use your time wisely. It will seem, at this point, that you have loads of time, but as you've probably learnt by now, animation takes up much, much more time than you anticpate, not to mention the unforeseen disasters, distractions, crashes and those days when the computer gods go on a rampage.

Don't dither and use your time wisely.

The Cartoon Assignment

In the Cartoon Project, you will create a full, animated cartoon complete with sound throughout, opening and closing credits and lasting a minimum of 2 minutes. The project will be broken up in to several segments, each with it's own grade.

You may create your own plot and characters, or you may make a cartoon of a fairy tale, bible story, or you can take the plot of a movie and condense it into a cartoon. Examples of the fairy tale could be any Grimm fairy tale like the Three Little Pigs or Red Riding Hood, Just So Tales by Rudyard Kipling or an Aesop Fable, or any ethnic fable. Examples of a movie would be to do a parody of Star Wars or The Hunger Games.

It's easier to do a parody of live action movies. Creating a satire of something that's already an animation or a satire (like The Corpse Bride or The Lion King) is very hard and often doesn't work out. Satire works best when the contrast between the original version and the new version is vivid and extreme.

You must use stories that are copyright free. Fairy tales and folk tales are copyright free. Satire, as is in the AngryAlien animations, is also copyright free. Writing your own story is great. Copying an existing cartoon is not copyright free.

The Cartoon Project Will Broken Down Into Segments

To keep a big project under control and to make sure you keep moving forward, this project will have progress grades. While work is due on Fridays so that it can be graded, you should work faster on sub-projects and start work on the next section as soon as one section is completed. DON'T take days off thinking that you have finished one section and the other section isn't due for days. Work on the next section and work every day.

  • Script- Due Friday, Feb. 17
  • Storyboard- Due Friday, Feb. 24
  • Character Sketches-Due Friday, Mar. 3
  • Sound- Due Friday, Mar. 24
  • Dopesheets- Due Friday, Mar. 31
  • Rough Animation Progress- Due Friday, Apr. 7
  • Opening and Closing Credits- Due Friday, May 5
  • Submission- Due Friday, May 12

There will be no Vocabulary Tests on Fridays when a progress submission is due.

Technical Specs

  • No shorter than 2 minutes in length. No longer than 5 minutes in length. Length includes opening and closing credits.
  • 1920px x 1080px aspect ratio, 72ppi, 30fps, NTSC
  • Turn in the final project as a .mov
  • Name the final project according the class naming conventions. Project name is "cartoon".
  • Turn in to the class Dropbox by midnight, Friday, May 12.
  • The Cartoon Assessments and Grading Rubric

    The sections (script, storyboards, etc) will be Formative grades.

    The final project will be worth 3 Summative grades.

    Final Submissing Grading Rubric

  • _____ 10pts You have followed all of the technical specifications.
  • _____ 10pts You have opening and closing credits that are 15 seconds each and have your animation title, your name as animator and author, copyright notice, and all credits (actors, music, etc.).
  • _____ 10pts You have a completed story, with a beginning, middle and end.
  • _____ 10pts You have characters that talk, music, and sound special effects. There is sound throughout the entire animation, to include both credits.
  • _____ 10pts Your animation is smooth and polished. Mouth movements match the dialogue. Walks are smooth and show weight. There is movement in every frame.
  • _____ 10pts Your characters are well-drawn and believable.
  • _____ 10pts Your backgrounds and staging is well-drawn and believable.
  • _____ 30pts The overall quality of your cartoon is of a high standard and is engaging and entertaining.
  • Credits will be no longer than 15 seconds each.
  • You must have the title of your cartoon in your Opening Credits.
  • You must have some animation or movement in the Opening Credits.
  • You must have music or sound in the Opening Credits.
  • You must have your name as the animator in the Opening Credits.
  • The credits must be on screen long enough to read.
  • Gather all special effect sounds, read your dialogue in to Garageband and gather any copyright free background music files for your cartoon.
  • Dialogue

  • Write out your dialogue in to a script and label each line or paragraph with a number.
  • Use the class microphones and read your dialogue in to Garageband. Make sure both the System Preferences and Garageband Preferences inputs and outputs are set correctly and see the microphone.
  • You can come in during tutoring time if you want a quieter room.
  • Open each Garageband file and label it with the paragraph or line number of your dialogue.
  • Each paragraph or line will have it's own file.
  • Save the files as MP3 files and save them back to I-Tunes. These will now be ready to use in Flash or I-Movie
  • You do not have to use your own voice in this project. If you have a friend read part of the dialogue, that's OK. Just make sure you have their name in the closing credits as voice talent. (Jane Doe is Mary, John Smith is The Lamb, Jack Straw is The Farmer, etc)
  • Music and Sound Effects

  • Flash uses MP3 files. If your sound is in another file format, you'll need to convert it to an MP3 by importing it in to Garageband and remixing back from there in to I-Tunes.
  • It is much easier to edit a sound file in Garageband than in Flash, so cut your music/sound in Garageband and then save it back to I-Tunes.
  • Create your own background music/sounds or use copyright free music/sounds.
  • Remember that music is vital for creating mood in your cartoon. Use a variety of music cuts to enhance your story.


    Examples of a satiric movie adaption can be seen at

    Grimm's Fairy Tales

    Aesop's Fables

    Greek and Roman Mythology

    Norse Mythology

    African Myths and Fables

    Native American Folk Tales

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             Feb. 17         


    Assign Storyboards to be completed and turned in on Friday, Feb. 24

    Sketchbook Home is here and the Assignment 18 is here. It is due Friday, Feb. 24.


    Script Due Today

    Turn in Sketchbooks with
    Assignment #17 today.

             Lynne Wilde, Instructor .:. school email .:. 763-274-3140 .:. © 2016