Animating Kids Lesson #3: Frog Tongue Snap

What You Will Learn

Two actions are animated in this lesson; a fly flying and a frog winding-up, snatching the fly, and following through to the original position. 

As you animate the fly evenly spaced along the suggested flight path, you will have a nice fly buzzing stop motion animation.

When the time comes to "snap" the tongue out, you must keep the fly moving as the frog winds-up to eat the fly, and as the tongue comes out.

The tongue is only present for a few frames. Fight the urge to take more pictures of the tongue, the fewer pictures you take, the better the snap effect!

Many beginning animators stop moving the fly when it comes time to animate the frog. Keep the fly moving until it is time to eat! 

Why This Is Important

Animators often have to keep more than one thing in mind while creating an effect. In this example, both the fly and the frog are moving at the same time at a certain point in the movie. 

Also, this is an example of how powerful a simple understanding of animation basics can come together to create an illusion of life. Or in this case, dinner!  

The two basic animation ideas presented here are Spacing is Speed and Wind-up & Follow Through. If these concepts are new to you, get our starter kit and experiment with the examples there. If you are an experienced animator, play around with the timing and see if you can add your own personal touch to the performance of this dinner theater.

Bon Animate! 

Animation Chefs