I wonder how smear frames were invented.
Not just the “movement faster than the framerate” kind, though that’s obviously what I’m looking at right here. When did that first animator go “Huh, you know, people don’t really see this stuff frame by frame. I can do better and faster motion by making the in-between frames Real Fuckin’ Weird”?
The Dover Boys.
Yeah, the ones from the memes. 1942, Chuck Jones was like “hey, instead of trying to copy reality like they do in those Disney cartoons, what if we utilize these inbetweens for wackier, funnier movement and emphasis on keyframes?” The technique was so unpopular it very nearly got him fired.
#ah!!! a keyframe! i’ll smear it! no one will ever know!!!!!!