During my trip to Pixar a few months ago, I watched a cool presentation on bringing the skeletons from COCO. All this animation stuff is so cool. They do so much worth to make the film and character’s look amazing! Here are some Fun Fact About Bringing the Skeleton’s to Life for Pixar’s COCO.
The animators studied the bones, muscles, and anatomy to help them build the skeletons for COCO. Explored as to whether the skeletons would have teeth, eyes, tongues, eyelashes, hair or wigs, face paint for Dios de Muertos.
When deciding on the final look of the skeletons, the animators explored as to whether the skeletons would have teeth, eyes, tongues, eyelashes, hair or wigs, and even face paint for Dios de Muertos. They did not want to make the animation too scary.
The animators toyed with the idea of how the skeletons should look. They explored this through drawing. Do we want them to feel like folk art or real skeletons?
Pixar has never animated skeletons before COCO
Only twenty percent of human body weight is from the skeleton. The bodies of the skeleton’s are much lighter than alive characters. Therefore they behave differently.
Using rigs within the animation program, the animators tested how far the bones might separate when the skeleton moved. How far could they separate and let it continue to believable?
Hector’s Walk Inspired by Midnight Cowboy Played by Dustin Hoffman
Hector’s walk in the film COCO is inspired by Ratso in the film Midnight Cowboy played by Dustin Hoffman. The character of Ratso had an old injury that healed over wrong. It symbolized a brokenness as a character and the animators really like that as detail and wanted it to be part of Hector in COCO.
Skeletons from COCO have Eyelids
The thought process of the characters is shown in the eyes. The animators committed to having eyeballs and eyelids.
COCO Skeletons Have Lips
The skeletons have lips, and the skull is one piece to help with clear month shapes and dialogue.
Keep the outline of the rigid skeleton support the idea that the skeleton’s are hard and rigid.
The collision system that helps animate the way clothes move on top of the skeletons was upgraded for this film. The traditional animation of humans are smooth and don’t have gaps for cloth to get caught in between. Since bones are separated, the material was getting caught between the bones during simulations. It was pretty funny to see a dress getting caught in a waist or elbow. The worked with different methods to keep the clothes behaving normally.
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*Photo credits: Deborah Coleman / Pixar