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animation on The LEGO Movie and returned to the brick world as animation supervisor on The LEGO Batman Movie. “Stylistically, what we’re always after is to try to convince or fool or trick the audience into thinking they’re watching real LEGO pieces move around,” he says. “There seems to be a way human beings can project ourselves into these little toys, these little characters and, as animators, we’re trying to think about that when we’re animating the characters so the audience believes they are seeing the LEGOs come to life.”
A Playful Look One way the animators achieved that effect was by using what Coleman calls stepped keyed animation, with changes being done on twos, threes or even sixes, meaning the character is moved every two frames or three frames, etc. “We’re trying to make it look like you’ve got real LEGOs and you’re posing a character and then you’re advancing the film a couple of frames and then you’re moving it again,” he says.
For example, Coleman says in a dialog scene between Batman and Robin, the animators would move the body on fours or sixes and the mouth would be animated on twos.