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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Amid Amidi

Amid Amidi

Amid Amidi is Cartoon Brew's Publisher and Editor-at-large.

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