I can never decide if Carver was SQUISHING on Fenris or CRUSHING. Tbh I’m not sure if even Carver knew??? Like, I am 100% certain that Carver had a crush on Merrill which developed into more than a crush and which stuck with him through all of DAII (which is what? like 7 years? boy had f e e l i n g s for her alright). But, like if you look at his banter with Fenris, it’s similar to his banter with Merrill ––– which is different from his banter with every other character. I just can’t figure out if that’s because he really wanted to be friends with Fenris and looked up to him somehow (i.e. thinks that he’s really cool, admires his prowess in battle) or if he at one point had a crush on him (which didn’t develop beyond a crush). Carver probably didn’t even know honestly. It was probably a bit of a confused mess ––– could be romantic, could be platonic, but he wants to impress this person and have their approval and get them to like him!!!
Disney’s Twelve Basic Principles of Animation claims that the most important principle of animation is squash and stretch. In essence, squash and stretch is there to give more exaggerated movement to characters or objects. It is quite literally, the squashing and stretching of objects. Squash and Stretch can be used to show more force on impact or even to help show anticipation as well as show acceleration. It’s a principle that can be found in every animation ranging from the stylised to the realistic. It helps make animations feel more natural and appealing, and squash and stretch is actually an integral part of reality.