this is probably one of my favorite facts from this blog so far
THAT’S FUCKING BRILLIANT, HOLY FUCK. Aardman animation is really great.
I mean, let’s be honest, this is a trick Hanna-Barbera mastered back in the 1960s—hence, say, Yogi Bear’s shirtless collar and Quickdraw McGraw’s bandana. Still neat, though.
Wait, but aren’t those traditionally animated characters and not actual models? Why would they need to cover up a neck seam?
The heads got animated individually from the bodies to facilitate minimal animation of the latter. Without the neck covers, there was a significant risk that the head might move in such a way that’d reveal there was only one cel of the character’s body.
But if you want a 1:1, many of the Muppets have a neck cover for similar reasons.
Or that the head animation cel and the body cel would have noticeably different colors.
It really is actually the same problem, because the reason the claymation figures have separate heads is so they can swap them out for animation. They move the head slightly for fine motion, but different expressions have different heads.
I never noticed this in Chicken Run, though.
Oh my god, this makes so much sense. I thought they were just cool little things the individuals chose to look nice.
my favorite thing in stories is when the antagonist doesn’t die, but instead they realize they were being kind of a stupid dick (maybe because the protagonist saved them or something) and then they have to kind of awkwardly tag along with the heroes in order to make up for their mistakes and gradually become slightly less evil