In lieu of the upcoming (and current) basketball tournaments around the country, this week, I looked at a short animation clip called “Never Give Up.” This clip, as simplified as it is, brings out a range of emotions through simple vocabulary and music.
The entire first fifteen seconds of the clip shows no moving animation at all, other than a basketball rolling from one side of the court to the other, yet the viewer can still picture what is occurring based on the sounds in the background. One can hear basketballs dribbling and a few being shot and hitting the backboard and/or rim. When we finally meet the basketball player, we see a number of basketballs scattered throughout the court, with one left in his/her hand and one left on the rack. As the player goes up to take the shot, when paused you can see both feet move freely from the ground as the jump occurs.
After the player misses the shot, he/she becomes discouraged and bows his/her head with an accompaniment of somber music in the background. With the backboard stating “You’ll always miss” brought out a little bit of anger, in me at least. However, moments later another line is bled on the backboard, “100 percent of the shots you don’t take.” With one final ball left, the player swishes it through the hoop.
Although this short animated clip is basic in structure and mechanics, it does not limit the animator’s ability to bring a range of emotions from the audience to the clip, and to the player in particularly. Sometimes, I guess the simplest things are the best!