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Another ooooold one – my drawing skills have come a long way since and I realise the animation is not very smooth, so no need to mention it ;) We played with frame rates depending on the time vs quality requirements. 24 was generally too much unnecessary work, but if you half that you get 12, which is too choppy. 18 fps was a good compromise and the minimum rate we worked with. I was also not so patient back then...

I still find this one terribly cute. It is based on an image from L'Ecume des Jours, a novel by French surrealist poet Boris Vian. It's a surprising book that would translate very poorly, but one image had stuck in my head, a passage where he describes the ray of the sun hitting the windows and dripping down to form little pools of golden light from which mice came to drink. I took off from there and obviously I was in my cute period (bah!)

I can't remember if this was done in TicTacToon or if we had switched to USAnimation* already. That software arrived in late 2001 along with a trainer, and as I recall we were the very first team to use its lightbox module (at the time most animation teams still scanned cels and then used the rest of the modules, but we drew digitally).

*USAnimation is the full version of the Toon Boom Studio animation software.
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JanicB Featured By Owner May 12, 2011
Wow great work... And I love that book. :)
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
Nice, I don't often meet people who read it!
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JanicB Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
I've discovered pataphysique a few years ago. So I've looked into Boris Vian, Alfred Jarry and Eugene Ionesco. I really liked " L'écumes de jours " and even more " L'arrache coeur". :)

Anyway same thing for me. I dont know many people who can make a reference to Boris Vian. ;)
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Graciaguana Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
ish that pee?
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
I don't answer dumb questions.
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Graciaguana Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
sorry looks like it
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
Numbskull.
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icecheetah Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009
Strange... but funny. Though you'd think the lizard would be important.
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009  Professional General Artist
How so?
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icecheetah Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009
Since it's the first living thing to appear.
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cedrus Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2008
I actually think this is quite brilliant. I love the idea and the storyboard as a whole.
I didn't really find it 'cute'. I can't put my finger on it, but there's something a bit dark in it (like old russian animations in a way)


As for the animation, 18fps is the standard TV rate, right? (Scooby doo, the flintstones, and anything Hanna Barbera) But maybe that's not a nice reference to compare it to :)
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks! Aww, russian animations, I adore them! Did you ever watch Konyek Garbunyok? (Le petit poney bossu)... I found it recently on DVD and it was a trip down memory lane :D

TV is aired at 24 fps if I'm not mistaken (there was something else at 36 fps but I can't remember what) but on the animation production side, it can vary with the studio or even the project, as different animations require different resolutions :)
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cedrus Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2008
Oh God! I didn't know the name, but as soon as I read it, I had flashbacks from some long time ago. I love that movie. Watching it as a kid who's not used to non-american animations, it was amazing. So beautiful, so mystical if it's possible! Thanks for reminding me. Now I'm buying it!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2008  Professional General Artist
I found it at the Russian cultural center in Berlin... My friend had taken me there and they had DVDs. Just for the heck of it I asked if he knew a cartoon about a hunched poney and he started nodding madly. And they had it! Next time he's there I'll ask him to get me Les 12 Mois as well :) Bet you know it too!
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cedrus Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2008
I don't really remember '12 mois' really. I do remember "the ice queen" though. (unfortunately I was only able to find it with an American dubbing, which most likely sucks).
Other than that, there was this TV series about the wolf and the rabbit; forgot the name too though.

Oh, there is one that is beyond amazing (don't know if you've seen it); it's "the old man and the sea", and it's a short that's relatively new. But the animation was made from glass paintings. (imagine painting all these frames in oil, on glass!)
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2008  Professional General Artist
I don't think I've seen that one, because I'd remember :omg: glass paintings!!! Gadzooks!
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cedrus Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2008
Yeah, I'm downloading it right now (it's too big for uploading though, I think).

But if you want an idea, here's the link off Youtube: (if you don't mind the horrible image quality, and the inferior American dubbing :)

Part 1: [link]
Making of, part 1: [link]
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008  Professional General Artist
I'm sure I can download it from somewhere :D
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IndianaBlue Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008
Adorable! I love the very innocent faces at the end.
:innocent::innocent:
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008  Professional General Artist
Hee, thanks!
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philho Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aah, je suis un fan de longue date de Boris Vian, et d'animation !
Cette combinaison m'a enchanté !
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2007  Professional General Artist
Trop bien! Contente que ça te plaise :)
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EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Lovely! :D
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CantoChi Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2007
It's great to see you doing an animation. I'm sure it's better than anything I could manage. Still, it moves a bit slow. Great job on the lizzard and it's legs.
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Oscelot Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
aww. that is adorable ^_^
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thanks :D
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blackzer0 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2007
I love it! the framerate isn't all that annoying. It's actually kind of common to use a low framerate for this sort of animation.

You're right, it's very cute - and I like the concept you were inspired by, the liquid sunlight.

The other animations you submitted were pretty basic, but this one is awesome - frame by frame animation, and so well drawn too!

The best scene is the last one, of course :D
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2007  Professional General Artist
Belated thanks :D Where have you been?
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:iconenricap:
enricap Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
I love that book so much.

The animation is really cute :)
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thanks! Yay, someone who knows the book! :hug:
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enricap Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
I love it. But I have to be in the right mood to read it, I always cry at the end...
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2007  Professional General Artist
Yeah...
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rahulgarware Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2007
awesome
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2007  Professional General Artist
:)
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Hehehe. Children will be children, proclaiming their innocence when facts speak otherwise, lol. The lizard is my favorite, though. Especially with the yellow stripe down his back. Around here, we have gigantic (some of the grands are fully 10 inches long) blue-tailed skinks, which come out every spring from underneath the front deck. There is also a beautiful bronze skink which suns himself (or herself!) in the afternoon sun.

:D
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2007  Professional General Artist
I love lizards! I always have to stop and look when I meet one :D
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rikausse Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2007
ah l'Ecume des Jours, que de souvenirs... ;)
Franchement j'adore en plus tout est bien trouvé (la tache pendant la bataille... :thumbsup:)

A quand Malaak ? =D
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2007  Professional General Artist
Enfin quelqu'un qui l'a lu! :D
Dès que possible, je suis submergée par le sprint final du jeu vidéo...
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spookowl Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2007
awesome work! I love the lil lizard ^_^
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thanks, I love animating lizards!
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spookowl Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2007
welcome ^_^
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luckystar01 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2007
aww it's very cute & creative :aww:
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2007  Professional General Artist
Hee, thanks :D
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celticwren Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2007  Professional General Artist
Hahah! That is wicked! I love the part where the lizard and the birds and thing vanish in a little puff. Wow, that stuff about the sunshine is so... I guess I can use the word poetic? :) I can see why it inspired you.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2007  Professional General Artist
Cheers! Yes it's quite poetic, Vian was a poet as well!
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NeterG Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2007
Jaja! very cute! I loled a lot with the childs last face :D
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2007  Professional General Artist
Great, works for me! :lmao:
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NeterG Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2007
Your facial work is amazing! No wonders that your exprecion tutorial is so cool! :D
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thanks, it's something I seem to have a knack for :)
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Aquira Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2007  Student Digital Artist
Cute <3
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