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Men In Black 2, Part 7 - The Final Part

It took a long time for me to complete the final part of my Men In Black 2 series. The Super Rica and Rashy theme license on GoAnimate had expired and the finale of Rashy's master plan had already come into play in episode 6. I had to find a way to tie up all the loose ends without Rashy.

Unfortunately I just couldn't come to a satisfactory conclusion without Rashy but I did manage to keep his scenes to an absolute minimum - which was necessary since I didn't have the animated Rashy to use.

Pt 7 - Men In Black 2 by etourist

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I think I wrapped up the story reasonably well considering, when I started MIB2 the plan was for Rashy to return to his family, memory erased, as he did in the original MIB.

The scene with Agent Obama explaining things to the media is my favorite part of this installment. It's a little out of character for Obama to slip up with the Jedi mind trick line but I figure he's trying to …

GoAnimate for Business Animation

GoAnimate recently launched its Business Friendly theme of characters, props and backgrounds specifically for use by businesses to create promotional animations of their own products and services.

The theme is limited to anyone with a GoAnimate Business account so you won't see these characters popping up in main stream animations by GoAnimate's more familiar demographic (which ranges from as young eight but more generally covers the teen to mid to late twenties age range).

This new theme builds on GoAnimates range of commercial use accounts introduced late last year and some are seeing it as a bit of a game changer for promotional business animation. Not least because the graphical look of the theme is very much in the style of business promotional animations that we're already familiar with.

The pre-animated character movements are quite varied and can be adapted to many different situations. Teamed with the most extensive range of props and backgrounds of any single the…

The Last GoAnimate Complaints / Animal by Neon Trees

The Last Complaint...

March 12, 2012 is the day Jim Benton's Happy Bunny Theme license expired on GoAnimate. Before it did I wanted to release just one more episode of this topical and much enjoyed series. This was the result, completed in just five days. (I usually spend at least a couple of weeks on these).

The Final Complaint - GoA Complaints Dept. by etourist on GoAnimate

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Over the years my series The GoAnimate Complaints Department has become synonymous with the Happy Bunny theme for many people on GoAnimate. Here's something I wrote in the comments on the video...
The Complaints Dept. is one of GoAnimate's longest running series, with the first one minute episode appearing about two and a half years ago. Even though there's only 10 episodes it's continued to be popular and has been one of the most imitated series from my own catalogue. All but one uses speech balloons to tell the jokes. Including this episode there is, i…

Pt3: Simple Perspective for 2D Animation - Camera Movement

Part 3 of this series will focus on moving the camera forward into a scene and is the final part of this series. The concepts explained here are  kind of a combination of Part 1, One Point Perspective, and Part 2, Parallax Perspective Scrolling, so it will be helpful if you've read and understood those beforehand.

This article focuses on moving the camera forward only because, once you know how to do that you simply reverse the process for backwards. As well, by the time you've worked your way through all three articles in the series you should know enough to be able to move the camera around in any direction fairly convincingly using correct perspective.

The best way to start is to show you the demonstration video which is made up of three scenes.

Camera Forward Movement Demonstration by etourist

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Scene 1

This type of ZOOM scene should be familiar to most GoAnimators. It's a simple use of the ZOOM tool to move…

Pt2: Simple Perspective for 2D Animation - Parallax Scrolling Backgrounds

In part 2 of this series I'll show you how to create a horizontally scrolling, parallax background. If you're not sure what that is just know that it will make your chase scenes look amazing by adding a kind of 3D depth to them.

You will understand the concepts better in this article if you've read Part 1 in the series before hand - which covers basic one point perspective.

Parallax Scrolling Perspective - What is it?

Look at almost any 2D side scrolling video game from the late 1980's or early 1990's (such as Super Mario Brothers or Sonic the Hedgehog games) and you can see Parallax Scrolling Perspective at work. Objects in the foreground of the game appear larger and move side to side (and even up and down) quicker than those in the background even though everything is drawn in two dimensions.

The technique is not new and grew out of 1940's animation where a multiplane camera was used to shoot through several layers of backgrounds to create the illusion of th…
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