Animating in Historical Styles


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Do you create 2D animation or study classic animation styles? In this course, instructor Dermot O’Connor gives professional insights on several historical styles. First, Dermot talks about the differences between a surface style of a period and reproducing the essence of it. Then he goes over the technical factors, animation methods, techniques, and post-production effects for 1920s rubber hose animation. Next, Dermot does the same for 1940’s Looney Toons style animation, 1960s TV animation, and 1980s Saturday morning cartoon animation. He concludes with a thorough comparison of Bluth and Disney animations in the 1970s and 1980s and how you can approach each style.


  • Dermot O’ Connor Animator/Teacher: Flash, Harmony, Traditional

    Dermot O’ Connor has practiced hand-drawn and digital animation at Don Bluth and the Walt Disney Company.

    Dermot entered the animation industry in 1988, working for Don Bluth’s studio in Ireland for five years. During that time he was trained in traditional hand-drawn animation. In the mid-90s he directed CD-ROM interactive titles for Creative Capers Entertainment and Disney Interactive Studios, working on such projects as Timon and Pumbaa’s Gamebreak and Topsy Turvy Games. He was introduced to Flash in 2000 and began creating animation for Disney in Los Angeles and Fatkat Animation in Canada. In 2012 he completed a half-hour animated documentary. In 2019 he created the hand-drawn animation on the Alan Parsons music video “As Lights Fall.”

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