Isn’t this fun, learning so much about animation? We have already covered the first four principles and we are cruising right along to the next two, “follow through and overlapping action” and “slow in and slow out”.

First of all, what is “follow through and overlapping action”? Technically speaking, these are two separate techniques, but they are so closely related that they are always listed together. The best way to explain this principle is to understand that different parts of a character move on different timing and at different speeds than other parts, some of which continue to move even when the character has stopped moving. This can include arms, legs, hair, etc. Just like in real life, the core of the character or person moves together, while the outer parts may move faster or slower depending on the action. Understanding and applying this principle correctly ensure that the animator can produce a realistic animated movement.

Below you will find a great example of “follow through and overlapping action” that our animator has created for you…