Category Archives: Assignment E

Obstacle Course With Tail


For this assignment we had to animate the ball with a tail so that the tail would react to what the ball was doing. For example if the ball hit the wall the tail would squash in and bend:

wire mesh

This is the finished obstacle course. I especially like how at the end the tail curls around the ball and it roles also:

obstacle course with tail done2

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Carl Jr Planning

We had three main ideas.

  1. Carl Jr re-enacting the Pixar Lamp
  2. Carl Jr doing hurdles
  3. Carl Jr and the Obstacle Course

We decided to use the latter and then also bring in the little ball with the tail.


The first idea was being done by Anna’s group, and the second idea would have been difficult to do in five seconds, because the idea was to have Carl jumping over progressively higher hurdles.

Fixed version

I tried  to correct the issue I had with the ball’s momentum.

I’m not entirely sure what the issue actually is.

I know that by adding in more keyframes, that the animation is therefore supposed to slow down, but I can’t really tell if it did or not.

You can see from the screenshots below that I did in fact add more keyframes as the ball reached the halfpipe- it should slow down and then speed up as it launches skyward.

I also fixed the tail, because at certain points on the halfpipe it sank into it.

Screen Shot 2014-12-30 at 23.47.49
Screen Shot 2014-12-30 at 23.47.18
Added keyframes

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