Exaggeration can be used to portray extreme emotion within animation. It ensures the audience sees the exaggerated action, and that it is not too subtle within a scene. If used correctly, the technique should enhance a scene and not detract from any other aspect of it. It is mainly used for comedy value, especially in children’s cartoons.
Animation can be exaggerated and still appear realistic, such as in Pixar's 'Geri's Game'. This highlights the actions of the characters but still appears as a credible behaviour Alternatively, and more commonly, it is applied in a surreal way, such as 'Tom and Jerry' and 'Looney Tunes'.
Written by Rebecca Green