Learn how to leverage RubberHose, a rigging script for Adobe After Effects, to easily animate characters that are packed with personality.
- [Instructor] Rubber hose animation is an animation style that was first seen in the 1920s. Early examples of animations that used the rubber hose style were Fleischer Studios' Betty Boop. - One, two, three. - [Instructor] She had typically slim and bendy rubber limbs. ♪ Keep your girlish figure ♪ ♪ With a lot of exercise. ♪ Popeye was another popular cartoon from the same studio. - Let me show you how we modern-- Popeye's limbs were still bendy and flexible, like Betty Boop's but they have a little bit more detail in the way of muscle.
- Tex Avery, at MGM, used the rubber hose style of animation for all of his characters. - Loony Toony and Oofty McGoofty. - [Instructor] Daffy Duck is a perfect example of this type of animation. - I'm tellin' ya, he's 100% nuts. - Yeah? - Yeah. - [Instructor] See how fluid his limbs are. This style went out of fashion a bit as companies like Disney promoted a more realistic style of animation. But more examples of this style became popular again in the '90s, with the likes of Ren and Stimpy and the Simpsons.
- So you loved her right from the start. - Hee, hee, hee, yes, absolutely. - Then why no pictures? - [Instructor] Today there's been another huge explosion of rubber hose style animation, since After Effects introduced the Puppet tool and Shape Layers. People also develop strips and plug-ins that could create this style of animation very easily. (upbeat music) One of these tools is RubberHose, a script for After Effects which utilizes the Puppet tools and Shape Layers to rig and animate characters.
This software is easy to use and very reasonably priced. Along with Duik, it's revolutionized the animation and motion graphics industry. To follow along with this workshop, just download and install it, and you'll be ready to follow along with the tutorials within. There are clear instructions on how to do this on the RubberHose website. (upbeat music) Learn how to use RubberHose Genius IK system. Just drag the character's hand and watch as the arm follows, bending naturally.
I'll show you how to create an easy walk cycle with RubberHose. We'll discuss how the principles of animation can be applied to make your animation more dynamic. Finally, we'll place our walking character into a looping animated scene, and I'll also point you in the right direction for further learning resources. So let's get animating.
- Creating and duplicating a RubberHose arm
- Creating RubberRig legs
- Simplifying your composition
- Creating an easy walk cycle with RubberHose and Motion Sketch
- Adding bounce with body movement
- Using Starch and effects settings for greater control
- Placing the character into an animated scene