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December 8, 2013
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Short, messy roaring Smilodon animation I made today as I procrastinated working on my final projects :B

I do believe the roar came from

Toom Boom Harmony 10.0 Stage

About 2-3.5 hours or so.

Typical DA film messed up the audio sync. Watch on youtube instead…

Edit: how on earth did this get so popular??? It's not even my best animation WTF. It's one second of smoothness and 2 seconds of choppy key poses. It's not even fully drawn in all the frames... WHY???
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lookingglass99 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
ChessWolf Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i believe the roar is from an animal in zoo tycoon. Im not sure of the animal but its VERY familar c:
nekonotaishou Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Student Filmographer
I got it off of a sound effects website, and it was labeled as a "Jaguar roar".
ChessWolf Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
ah. i see. still reminds me a lot from it. maybe they used an actual jaguar roar in the game. who knows c:
nekonotaishou Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Student Filmographer
There were jaguars in the game, so maybe that's where?
ChessWolf Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
well they use it for lions and the rest of the big cats in the game c: im not saying they stole it or you did, just reminds me of it cx
Nakumah Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

Well, duh, it got popular. No one really animates pantherines all that well, not even their roars. Imagine a similodon, or the saber tooth tiger (now considered lion since dna matches more lions than tigers). Very few people animate any feline very well, even fewer understand their minute movements as they react and adapt to changes in their environment while consecutively preparing for their next action.

When you animate this, whether its a feline saber or not (there were many saber species in prehistoric times) it's movements are natural. Not glitch, or full of fake twitches that you'd normally never see in the wild. Down to the bow of the head after the roar is completed, most roaring predators do that, as a natural action to catch breath.

So, in short. The animation is sketchy and unfinished, but excellent in in natural movements, speed and flow. I congratulate you :).

PS: Not a good animator, but I'm a very strict critic... If I say I like something I mean it. And when it come to animals, my criticism can go on turbo mode.

nekonotaishou Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Student Filmographer
Thank you so much for your detailed feedback! I really appreciate it :)

It is a felid sabertooth, not a Nimravid, Barbourofelid, or Thylacosmilus. I'm not sure how I would realistically animate most of those three, since there's less of a direct tie to modern examples that I could reference behavior from :I

I can get really picky about animals, too, so please don't take what I'm about to say personally. Sabertoothed cats were actually members of the Machairodontinae family, not pantherine cats at all. Smilodon itself is not considered a tiger or a lion, since it was not closely related to either of them. See these phylogenetic trees mapping the evolutionary relationship between branches of Felidae link link link
Nakumah Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist… sorry... was writing from a college computer. You click onething and it can sometimes do another... Here's the vid if you want to see my amature work XD.
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