Making a robot more “interesting”
I have been trying to make my robot Flik into a pet for my desk at work for a while now. My first thought was “How do I make Flik have character? A personality?” I realized that animators have been giving inanimate objects personality for years, so I started there. Here are some links that I turned up regarding how to give “life” to a drawing…
Here is the short version of what I took from these articles: The character (or robot) should have a goal, a reason to do something. Only then should it move or act to accomplish that goal. The goal or purpose behind the action is what makes it interesting, not neccesarily the action itself.
Above is a link to Pixar’s Luxo Jr. page. I just downloaded the short film on iTunes and watched it several times. Definitely inspiring. The animator never takes any liberties with the lamps construction, no squashing or bending , yet they clearly have defined personalities. I especially like the little eager “butt-wiggle” that Jr does.
Here are some more animated lamps that I found on YouTube: