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Reel Of The Week: Anthony Hodgson and Rani Naamani

In the mainstream media, voice actors get the lion’s share of credit for animation performances, but we all know that the real stars are the animators themselves.

This reel by supervising animators Anthony Hodgson and Rani Naamani (pictured above) highlights their work from Dreamworks Animation’s The Boss Baby, with the added bonus of their acting video reference.

Video reference reels like this offer valuable insights into how feature animators craft their performances, showing both how they interpret a voice actor’s performance, and how they root their performances in natural physical behavior, before building upon and exaggerating on that foundation in the animation process.

The titular character of Boss Baby ranks among the most fun feature character performances of the year, so expect to see the film’s animation recognized in some form at the upcoming Annie and VES awards.

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  • ToonBoom_Animator

    Someone send this to Andy Serkis next time he claims that animators aren’t actors!

  • How the hell could he achieve this without Andy Serkis??? Neat stuff.

    • mick

      This does rather put a spotlight on something I’ve wondered throughout ‘Serkis-gate’. ANYONE who understands performance can put on a dotted suit and go through their motions. How is it that Serkis is the man they always put in the suit? These two fellas are absolutely as good as anything he does. I’m not simply having a ‘booo down with Andy Serkis’ moment, I’m genuinely interested in how the fella has the spotted suit monopoly

      • He has a great agent, and his PR machine has made him the “expert” in this style of acting.

  • mick

    great stuff. I was a little disappointed that it ended.

  • “showing both how they interpret a voice actor’s performance, and how they root their performances in natural physical behavior, before building upon and exaggerating on that foundation in the animation process.”
    Finally, somebody explains it in words I can understand!