Anticipation is used to prepare the audience for a movement, usually this is a heavy or fast movement, it also serves as a form of dramatic effect. A classic example of this is in Disney’s Tortoise and the Hare (1934) in this we see the start of a race, as the starting gun is fired the Hare arcs backwards before speeding off into the distance.
A contemporary example can be found in the film “Bolt”. In the scene where Bolt uses his super bark, he builds up to the movement by placing his feet in position. He coils backwards before making his ‘super bark’, this adds emphasis to the movement and shows the audience that this isn’t just a normal bark.
written by Arthur Chalk