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Character maker: visual attributes

Build animated characters for a new cartoon show. Choose visual attributes to communicate information about your cartoon character’s personality to the audience. Choose shapes and items to suit a character's personality. Combine elements such as body shape, head size, clothing and accessories. For example, choose a relatively ...

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Character maker: movement

Build animated characters for a new cartoon show. Choose each character's walking movements to suit their personality, mood, actions and relationship to other characters. For example, show a character is sad by choosing a slow walk with feet dragging along the ground. Combine elements such as speed, posture and bounciness. ...

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The Fairytale Police Department - Black day for Snow White, 2002: Nail biting, crime fighting ACTION!

This clip shows the visual sequences and theme song that begin each episode of the children's animation series 'The Fairytale Police Department'. It opens with scenes from various fairytales including 'The three little pigs' and 'Snow White', and the theme song's lyrics set the series in Fairytale Land, which is experiencing ...

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The Fairytale Police Department - Black day for Snow White, 2002: What's so important about an apple?

This clip shows Fairytale Land detectives Chris Anderson and Johnny Legend, from the children's animated series 'The Fairytale Police Department', discussing the case of the missing poisoned apple, intended for Snow White. It begins with the Evil Queen briefing the duo on the apple's disappearance. Following this the chief ...

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Cartoons of the Moment - Crown Prince of Death, c1915: The First World War in cartoons

This black-and-white clip shows three animated political cartoons being created by Harry Julius during the First World War (1914-18). In the first sequence, Julius enters his office, opens and scans a newspaper before beginning to draw. Then his sketches appear, each accompanied by explanatory captions. Simple animation ...

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Cartoons of the Moment - The Kaiser War, c1918

This black-and-white clip shows three animated Australian political cartoons created during the First World War. Cut-out animation with captions satirise Kaiser Wilhelm's failure to take responsibility for the war dead represented by piles of skulls and crosses. The second sequence 'Look out Billy' shows the comical figure ...

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Cartoons of the Moment - Miss Australasia, c1914: National service

This black-and-white cartoon uses simple animation and captions to support the introduction of conscription of Australian men to fight in the First World War. The cartoon opens with words from Colonel Cameron supporting compulsory national service. The outline of Australia and New Zealand on a black background appears with ...

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Cartoons of the Moment - German Dove of Peace, c1916: The evolution of the skirt

This black-and-white animated clip with captions comments on the changing length of women's hemlines since the 19th century. The title 'THE EVOLTION [sic] OF THE SKIRT' appears before a white outline of a woman in full 19th-century costume. The cartoonist's hand fills in details on the sketch before the white outline of ...

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Animation

This is the front page of the Animation section of ACMI's Generator website, from which a range of resources about animation can be accessed. An overview of the history of animation is provided that refers to flip books, animal characters, drawn animation, computerised animation and stop-motion animation. This page acts ...

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Adam Elliot on the importance of story

This is a video clip showing animator Adam Elliot talking about 'clayography', a term he coined to describe his clay biographies. The video is one of several on the Learn from the makers - animation section of ACMI's Generator website. Adam explains why he prefers stop-motion animation to CGI animation and emphasises the ...

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Adam Elliot on recording voices

This is a video clip showing animator Adam Elliot talking about how he recorded the voices for his film 'Mary and Max'. The video is one of several on the Learn from the makers - animation section of ACMI's Generator website. Adam explains that although voices are usually recorded early in the filmmaking process for animations, ...

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Adam Elliot on the director as circus ringmaster

This video resource is one of several found on the Learn from the makers - animation section of the ACMI Generator website. The video shows animator Adam Elliot talking about his role during the pre-production and production stages of creating 'Mary and Max'. He describes the 6-8 month pre-production period and the decisions ...

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Adam Elliot on the animation process

This video resource shows animator Adam Elliot talking about the animation process in making 'Mary and Max'. It is one of several found on the Learn from the makers: animation section of the ACMI Generator website. Adam Elliot describes drawing over 200 characters and then entrusting their creation to a team of sculptors. ...

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Adam Elliot on characters: empathy and the outsider

This video resource shows animator Adam Elliot talking about his childhood and how it has shaped his focus in filmmaking. It is one of several found on the Learn from the makers: animation section of the ACMI Generator website. Adam Elliot explains that he has always befriended 'outsiders' and enjoys the challenges of getting ...

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Yoram Gross on making Australian films for children

This video resource shows Sandra and Yoram Gross, creators of the feature animation 'Dot and the kangaroo'. It is one of several found on the Learn from the makers: animation section of the ACMI Generator website. In the video they discuss their motivation for the film's creation, and talk about the image-projection equipment ...

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Behind the scenes

This is a resource that focuses on video interviews with artists and staff at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), featuring teenagers as interviewees. Specific sections of each video can be located through browsing a hierarchy of Interview (subject and title), Topic and Question. This resource features interviews with Pixar's ...

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Creating cartoons

The resource focuses on discussing, analysing and explaining a variety of cartoons in a variety of print and digital texts. It will enhance visual literacy skills in a range of media texts. Students have the opportunity to create cartoons to share with others. This resource supports the Australian Curriculum in English K–10.