Rough Animation (left) Clean-up Animation (right)
In 2D animation the “Clean-up” artists create the final drawings that you see on the screen. There’s often a misconception that they simply trace the rough animation given to them. Here’s an example of how much clean-up artists actually do at times
Prince of Egypt director’s commentary: [Working on this sequence a “million” times] “Just trying to figure out what Rameses’s reaction would be when Moses returns. Would he be angry, would he be flippant, would he be overjoyed, what would he be? And because we built such a relationship between the brothers before and they had nothing against each other when Moses left, other than love and regret that he was leaving, it had to be joyful.” (3/?)
“I’m very disappointed in Race to the Edge as a whole. I haven’t even watched the third season because the first two bored me. Contrasted to other animated series at the moment, it just feels very weak and recycled.”
If you guys ever doubt that Kung Fu Panda is the best film series Dreamworks ever made, it moved this guy’s Chinese father to tears because of the stunningly accurate representation of Chinese culture by an American studio.