Contents of the RRHOOD.DOC file
July 11, 1989
RRHOOD.FLI -- Autodesk Animator enhancement of Amiga animation
Red Riding Hood was originally downloaded as a .RIF file from the
CIS Amigaforum and converted to an Autodesk Animator .FLI file
with the Animator's import/export file converter.
The original Amiga animation used 16 colors, with no
antialiasing, backgrounds, or effects. It was a copy of a
sequence of cels from a book about Preson Blair's animation.
Blair was one of Tex Avery's chief animators in the '40s. The
copy was digitzed into the computer by Amiga artist
Jack Powell took the 16-color Amiga file and used the image
processing effects of Autodesk Animator to create a
curtained background, soft-edged spotlight/shadow, stage
floor, and transparent reflection off the floor.
It's a clear example of why the IBM is now a better
animation platform than the Amiga. 256 colors. This also
explains why there are three sets of initials on the bottom of
the screen. (JP/JHH/PB)
The following is J.H.H. Lowengard's original doc file that
came with RRH.RIF in the Amigaforum.
Dec 11 88
"RRH.rif" Zoetrope animation file
Here is the famous Red Riding Hood dancing girl animated by
Preston Blair back in the '40s. This character served as the
original inspiration for the pneumatic Jessica Rabbit (sharing
the credit with Veronica Lake and several dozen Varga Girls).
This character appeared in at least 6 MGM cartoons:
"Red Hot Riding Hood(1943)"
"The Shooting of Dan McGoo(1946)"
"Swing Shift Cinderella(1945)"
"Wild and Wolfy(1945)"
"Uncle Tom's Cabana(1947)"
and the unbelievable "Little Rural Riding Hood(1949)"
(I believe there were a few cameos as well..) All of these were
directed by Tex Avery in his glory years. For more on Avery (and
you'll want more...) get a hold of "Tex Avery - King of
Cartoons" by Joe Adamson, Da Capo Press, which I've used here to
refresh my memory.
Anyway, for the Zoetrope version, I acted the part of the Ink and
Paint (and Photography) departments. The actual sequence for this
dance is available in the book, "How to Animate Film Cartoons" by
Preston Blair, published by Warren T. Foster and available in
many art stores which may carry the whole line of Foster How-to
books. For this reason, this sequence may be one of the most
ripped-off pieces of animation in history. This particular one
is full of information you may want to have when you try out
animation with Zoetrope, or anything else for that matter. There
is another book in the series, "Animated Cartoons" which may also
be helpful. The original animation given shows just one kick and
then the "Betty Hutton" pose, but it's designed so that the kick
may be reversed and spliced into the sequence, thus reusing the
cels and saving a lot of labor. In my case, I used the "APM"
feature of Zoetrope to reverse the kick section. Obviously,
various colors can be changed in the costumes, and new girls
over- and under- laid (bad choice of words there?) to make a
chorus line which is very effective. You may want to "Edge In" a
black border around the finished action to help it read better in
front of a (Cabaret) background, especially if you Anti-alias the
" Remember - here in the city we do not shout and whistle at
the ladies." - the City Wolf, "Little Rural Riding Hood"
Animation fan J H H Lowengard