I hope you’re as excited as I am to get started learning more about the world of animation. Let’s dive right into the first two principles of animation. The first of these principles that we’ll discuss are “Squash and Stretch” and “Anticipation”.

What is “Squash and Stretch”? This is one of the most important principles of animation. The purpose is to give weight and flexibility to elements in your story, whether you’re bringing an inanimate object to life or imbuing an animated character with depth and realism. This technique can be used both subtly for realism and to an extreme for comic effect. An animator must account for all three dimensions when animating an object, how it stretches either vertically or horizontally in relation to its width, height and depth.

Here’s an example of the principle of “Squash and Stretch” that one of our animators created…