Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Least Effective Animation

Since June 19th, according to the associated blog, the online version of the comic strip "For Better or for Worse" has been animated.

Sort of.

They take the strip and make people's eyes blink. The effect is very odd.

It basically highlights the fact that nothing else in the strip is moving. With the blinking, people talking seem to have their mouths frozen open, people walking are frozen in the act, people kissing stay locked forever in their embrace, people with looks of horrified surprise on their faces just sit motionless. It is like the world is in shock, only allowing the occasional blink.

It seems to be a wasted effort, if the word "effort" can be used to describe the work required to make a .gif where eyes blink. They are taking a suvey on the "animation," so you can express your opinion for the time being.

After I wrote this, I made it to the August 2nd strip. No blinking eyes. Instead they made the special characters used to represent swearing flash. Not as creepy, but hardly animation.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous10:50 AM

    Instead of being like photographs, the panels instead become visions of our favorite characters trapped in temporal amber, screaming with mouths that cannot move, their remaining strength, marshalled, good only for a occasional flutter of eyelids, their humanity and their will to life reduced to its cruellest parody.