straight-ahead

One of the twelve principles of Animation.

It's intuitive to do and gets across energy and physicality. The downside is that it is difficult to control over long sequences.

Animators I like who use straight-ahead to great effect

Glen Keane

Rune Bennicke

Mike Nguyen

Articles/posts about straight-ahead

References

How to make puppets in Blender

(Puppetry vs. Animation > straight-ahead animation vs. pose-to-pose)

  • It's not just that you use straight-ahead to do fast action and pose-to-pose to do everything else - straight-ahead is really good for conveying physical energy or force.