Animation examples


Pink Elephants on parade  

This scene, taken from the Disney film Dumbo, was my first thought when looking for examples of metamorphosis. Over the course of this 4 minutes 52 second clip there are a total of 15 different transformations from one creature or thing to another, all thriving with life and in tune to the music.

It starts with a bubble, that bubble molds into an elephant.

bubble to elephant

The elephant then splits into four and they mold their trunks into trumpets before combining them into one bigger trumpet and pop. You’ve then  got multiplication several times over the course of the clip, trunks forming musical instruments, height/weight changes, eyes to pyramids, pyramid that shapes into a Buddha-like figure, the camel shaped elephant morphs into a snake and then into a Arabian dancer who fades out leaving behind just the glow of their belly that as a ball bounces around slightly before opening into an eye. After some dancing an elephant couple leap into the form of racing cars.The elephants continue their match, soon after exploding and falling from the sky. As the sun rises the scenery fades as the elephants gentility form into clouds. That that’s where it ends.

elephants of parade

Minnie the Moocher 

Betty’s father/grandfather’s head morphs into a record player to illustrate how he’s going on like a broken record. The flower in the vase sitting on the table takes life and uses it’s leaves as arms and trys to feed Betty.

Dark Lady transformation

In this scene Chibiusa is tempted into the dark side and is cast a spell on to transform her into the Dark Lady (/black lady), an evil older version of herself. The main key part of this transformation is Chibiusa stretching and filling out into her older appearance.


  • In the series “Family Guy” There’s an episode where Chris isn’t allowed to watch his favourite show the next week until he finished his homework. To speed up the week (so the rest of the plot could take place) Louis announced that her mother was coming to stay for a week, and then we’re cut back to a scene where they’re waving goodbye to her mother, meaning it’s the next week.
  • In the film “Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo” to cut down on the time it would have taken to travel to Japan they showed a short montage of their packing and journey, the journey itself being in a more simplistic style.

(If it doesn’t already, skip to 1:11)

  • In the anime series “Mawaru Penguindrum” they save time between train journey’s by cutting to a scene where you’re taken through security gates and met with a white screen full of signs. In the center is the platform sign for the location they’re going. It usually takes us back to when they’re on the train.

Mawaru Penguindrum


Curanail advert

In this advert there are giant toes hiding in the house and avoiding being approached by the woman. The wiggle and tilt as if they’re ashamed or embarrassed.

Olbas advert

In this advert there is a family of noses. A mother, father, son and young daughter. As well as just being the body part where the problems it helps with ,each family member also uses a different product from the Olbas range.

  • In the series “Cow & Chicken” the parents are only ever seen from the lower halves of their bodies. All general reactions/expressions are shown through their legs/feet. Later on in the series it’s revealed they only have half of their bodies.
  • Tom & Jerry, Proud Family and maybe PowerPuff girls, to a slight extent, also use this “not fully reviled” body thing. All half-bodies, with the usual exception of PowerPuff girl’s Miss Bellum, who’s face is never seen (with the exception of a single frame in the series final “PowerPuff girls rule!”.


The Flinstones

The Flinstones use a lot of looped backgrounds, as seen in the video of various clips from the show. Even during a chase scene in their house did the same scene with the couch repeat over and over despite them running in a straight line.

Metaphors: The big Snit

Identify some of the metaphors being used in Richard Condie’s “The big Snit”.

Admittedly i found this quite tricky, but i thought the best part to look into was the Scrabble game because the whole animation is based around this game of Scrabble.  I believe it may represent their marriage. He’s being quite frustrated and she’s thinking things are going fine and is quite happy in the moment until she finds her husband has disobeyed her trust and disappointed her (when he spoiled the game by cheating) But despite that no one has ended the game yet and when they make up they return to it for another go.

The butterfly at the start may represent the calm before the storm.

The skeleton news presenter is death.


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