This song gives a pretty good description of everything you’ll know (or think you know) when you graduate from animation school:

“I am the Very Model of an Animation Graduate” was written by Rosa Hughes and sung by Mark Tweedale, with backing by the Queensland College of Art’s 2005 graduating animation class.

Sing along:

I am the very model of an animation graduate
My timing and my silhouettes and movement is immaculate
My keys and all my inbetweens and clean-up are impeccable
My characters have weight, anticipation – all exceptional

My pencil line it moves with absolute precise refinery
The form you can’t deny is yet prolific with such subtlety
And I can paint both sweeping plains and jagged mountain rockeries
The detail of my layouts make you weep in anguish pitifully

(The detail of his layouts make you weep in anguish pitifully
The detail of his layouts make you weep in anguish pitifully
The detail of his layouts make you weep in anguish oh-so-pitifully)

And you could pick three creatures – I’d take parts of their anatomy
And make them move and think and feel with utmost reasonibility
In short in all I’ve said of late, I really must expostulate
I am the very model of an animation graduate

(In short in all he’s said of late, we really must expostulate
he is the very model of an animation graduate)

My stories are engaging and they’re filled with creativity
I don’t rely on pity or explosions for prolifery
My plots are entertaining and they’re round-the-world relatable
My jokes are gelogenic for an audience insatiable

My characters have journeys with identity and histories
With constantly self-changing and evolving personalities
They’ll sweep you off your feet and make you pine in utter empathy
Their dialogue is witty and will make you laugh dementedly

(His dialogue is witty and will make you laugh dementedly
His dialogue is witty and will make you laugh dementedly
His dialogue is witty and will make you laugh duh-duh-dementedly)

Although it was insipid I have done the art theoretical
I deconstruct the image even though it’s unintentional
In short in all I’ve said of late, I really must expostulate
I am the very model of an animation graduate

(In short in all I’ve said of late, I really must expostulate
I am the very model of an animation graduate)

In retrospect I must confess I have been half a fabulist
For though my talent’s grand I have a pretty price to pay for this
For I suspect its from all this that I get over-worked and stressed
And sometimes I get maddened by a hacky sack that’s thrown in jest

And so I have the answer; I don’t want your job so tedious!
I’ll open my own studio with my direction genius
I’ll make a film unrivalled in its splendour, wit and poetry
And I will be the one to revolutionize the industry

(And he will be the one to revolutionize the industry
And he will be the one to revolutionize the industry
And he will be the one to revolutionize this lucky industry)

For I could draw in any style but mine is just the best you see
You’ve never seen such perfect drawings move with such fluidity
In short I am the God of drawing, bow before me, supplicate,
I am the very best of all you animation graduates.

(In short he is the God of drawing, bow before him, supplicate,
He is the very best of all you animation graduates.)

(via Mayerson on Animation)

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