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The joys of CGI-animating.

For those who reckon these fellows, this is Luxo Jr. and Luxo Sr., made famous by their creators, Pixar.

Our task for the past two weeks, by using these character rigs, was to have the lamps interact with something, anything, even each other, to help demonstrate character with an anthropomorphic lamp (lamp that acts human-ish).

This is my version, though I plan to add some sound if I can gather some files together.

I do not claim ownership over these character rigs.

EDIT: Now with glorious sound, finished animation and a more finished render. Do need to fix the light linking on Luxo Jr (hence why the back of his head seems to light up Luxo Sr)
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:iconzelphaba:
Zelphaba Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Reminds me of the old Pizar animation. =w= Ah how I miss stuff like that.
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StormTank Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010
is he gonna be OK?....lol
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Lampyjay Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010  Student Filmographer
Beautiful motion. You understood and applied the 12 principles very well and the dimension that the characters emotions showed were absolutely wonderful! lighting was very nice too! I'm still a beginner at animation myself (GO MAYA! only kidding, I don't care what programs people use), but i know good animation when i see it. good luck with everything :)
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Exclusive-Cheese Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010
What program did you use for this!? I NEED it!
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SupaCrikeyDave Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Autodesk Maya 2008
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SimLacSim Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Student General Artist
Very nice animation! You really played the story along like a true Pixarian, without needing any dialog to help the story :) I liked it!
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SupaCrikeyDave Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks :D
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:iconsimlacsim:
SimLacSim Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Student General Artist
You're welcome :)
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BlackHoleInAJar Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2009  Professional General Artist
Aw man! I love Pixar! That was really good, very true to form.
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SupaCrikeyDave Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Thank you :D
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:iconmortoboe:
mortoboe Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
awww. the lil guy is always doing something we all can laugh at. love it by the way.
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old-shadow Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009
very nice ^^
Ilike it :aww:
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:iconsupacrikeydave:
SupaCrikeyDave Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Thx :)
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LycanStar Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009
Haha! That's something I'd expect from Pixar to do to their little mascots... but it's very funny.. Good Job!
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SupaCrikeyDave Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Thanks :D
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LycanStar Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009
Lol... You're welcome again (notices the travesty he bestowed upon himself...) Oh god... another flood of thankies...
*tries to recover from last shock*
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Anthro-morph Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2009
I'm going into 3D art for this semester but I'm not quite sure what to expect on difficulty level. Seeing as how short the animation is I'm going to assume it's very hard.

classic :)
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SupaCrikeyDave Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2009  Professional Filmographer
It takes time, but it's manageable. Just need a lot of patience.
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Anthro-morph Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009
Heh, I'm patient but I always take way more time than needed lol. Got that syndrome to make every detail perfect =P
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InpuUpUaut Featured By Owner May 5, 2008  Student General Artist
It is going very good! ^_^

I think at the end, you can turn off and on again the light, like the Sr was blinking =P
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SupaCrikeyDave Featured By Owner May 5, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Good suggestion. Thank you :)
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:iconinpuupuaut:
InpuUpUaut Featured By Owner May 6, 2008  Student General Artist
You are welcome ^_^
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Lilikwee Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008   Traditional Artist
Hahahaha!! That is brilliant! I love it! Well done.
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SupaCrikeyDave Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Thank you :)
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LeaTheWolf Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008
Wow, that is awesome Dave! I love the twist you did on the usual Luxo ball interactions.

*looks up* I wonder were he'll end up. O__o;
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SupaCrikeyDave Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Probably in the ceiling. Would be nice to add a loud bang sound effect, in conjunction with Luxo Sr flinching.
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dj-darkviper Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008
not to mention a screen shake to visually show the THUD*


if you wanna get handy with particles, some dust debris would be a very nice touch too ;)
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SupaCrikeyDave Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008  Professional Filmographer
A screen shake would do nicely.

As for particles, would need to do some experimenting but it's possible.
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LeaTheWolf Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008
Oh man, that would be amazing! XDD Maybe (if you felt like it) add in a few peices of paint/plaster/drywall falling onto the floor. X3
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GemmaDuffill Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
... you suceeding in puting up a CG ANIMATION!??
And DA hasn't torn it down Like they do with me???

I post it in the flash animations and it's taken down because it's not flash, I put it in the traditional and they take it down because it's CG...and yet there's no cg section...

nice animation though! A replay button would be nice.
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SupaCrikeyDave Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008  Professional Filmographer
:shrug: meh

They still haven't removed "The Stone" from my gallery (touch wood). I tried to put this one into the 3-d art section but it said it could not do so because it wasn't a Flash animation.

Which annoyed me cause unless one can guarantee their film clip is 'completely' their own to earn right of passage into the Deviant Film gallery, there really is no way to display animation except through Flash.

Perhaps they've changed their minds recently.
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InpuUpUaut Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008  Student General Artist
Jejeje good ^_^
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kaotickell Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Great work Dave! =D
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SupaCrikeyDave Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Ta :)
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Malestrom123 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008
lol thats funny
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Kirbopher15 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008
My comment doesn't top Darkviper's, but I WILL say the Pixar guys'd probably get a big kick outta this.
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SupaCrikeyDave Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Perhaps. I would like to think so.

It's fun to be able to bring to life an icon. Their rig is well designed and provides a surprising amount of emotion and feel, if used properly.
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dj-darkviper Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008
Actually, i .. dont WANT to sound liek any kind of buzz kill or anything so forgive me

In animation colleges and classes, and even as casual competitions, Pixars lamp vignettes are some of the most copied and emulated 3D productions ever. They test skill in emotion in inanimate object, they showcase modeling capabilities and rigging (all of the springs and stuff have to be skinned and weighted properly). its really a testing ground for dedication to the craft. But ya, this scene in particular is about as old as Sr and jr can get haha, but I've definitely seen the Jr lamp bouncing on logos/letters things a bajillion times everywhere, and im sure Pixar has too.

Of course thats not to say, they probably dont still get a kick out of seeing this sorta stuff, so long as the person doesn't claim its their idea. Not that theyd be able to get away with it anyways considering the studios popularity, the fanbase alone would rape and murder anyone who tried XD
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SupaCrikeyDave Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008  Professional Filmographer
They probably still do.

It is their creation, and a good choice in providing good training and understanding of the principles of animation for those who wish to join their ranks.
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dj-darkviper Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008
the entire animation is good stuff but i have a comment or two :)

- Sr. is pretty lifeless in this animation. If you put your hand over JR the entire time, you just wont feel what Sr is doing has any significance at all. Id probably try to throw in a reaction the appearance of the ball, or make him look at it way sooner than Jr.
Srs double take as Jr flies skyward sorta bugs me, id experiment more with his reaction. Maybe on the first or second take, having him do the classic cartoon shaking of the head really fast as he reacts, instead of jsut a Z axis rotation, play with the X on one of them. Acting it out myself, id say on the initial reaction of the Jr flying, having Srs head taken aback and shaking left to right maybe 2 quick shakes (left right) rapidly would get the emotion across as "WTF?" instead of a "huh? neat!". For added effect you could make him blink his eye in the middle fo the head shaking by turning off the light until half way through the right shake, turning back on just before holding still, and just about to go into the second take.

- When the two lamps are studying the ball, moving right and left, both feel like they move at exactly the same pace, and both feel liek they are going way to slow. For these lamps, i think id rather have them almost going from pose to pose, just fast iteraction, maybe have 3 spots of study (in yours theres two before the final stare). The reason is that is feels a bit robotic (which is funny to say cause they're lamps) with the slow steady movement.

- I think the confirmation nod from Sr should come just after Jr motions the up and down, basiaclly Jr asking if itd be cool, showing that Sr approves of this.. experiment. When their reversed like this, its like Sr is telling him to do it, and that doesn't feel like what a grown parent would do. Having Jr be the one to ask first and Sr agrees, its now Jrs fault :)



hm.. it appears i have to go now. So ill stop ripping the animation apart ^^;

Otherwise, great work! And i cant wait to see more :)
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SupaCrikeyDave Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008  Professional Filmographer
I thank you for your comments, and I certainly agree.

It's early days with this piece, since it's my first attempt animating with a proper character rig. Nonetheless, I'll see if I can go over the suggestions you've posed to improve it.
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lightning46 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008
O: *is shocked by the awesomeness~* :D
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thesurfgod Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008
Dave that is AMAZING!
Great work - look forward to more.
cheers
Mark
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SupaCrikeyDave Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Thank you :)
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