Anticipation in animation is the movement that prepares the audience for a major action the character is about to perform. A classic example of this is the pitcher who is about to pitch a baseball, he first winds up and then releases the ball. The wind up is the anticipation to the throw that will follow.

In this lesson students will learn what anticipation is, how it is employed in effective animation, and how to incorporate anticipation into a simple stop motion animation that they will create.

Lesson Time

Anticipation in Animation
3 Hours

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Arts, Media, and Entertainment
Grade Levels
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • Post-Secondary
  • Adult

Standards and Objectives


California's 2008 CTE Standards (2)
California Academic Content Standards (1)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • In this lesson students will learn about and demonstrate an understanding for the principle of animation Anticipation.

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