420 Animation Project 4: Path Animation

Here is the shortcut link to the final version of the video.


This is a story of a how hubby bike biked through the entire park and finally found his wifey bike napping in a corner against a park bench.


  1. Male bike is super concerned, looks around and trying to find his wife. Meanwhile, his wife is napping very comfortable against a park bench on the other side of the park. The male bike goes on a quest, determined to find his wife.
  2. He jumps on the bench and goes above a tree.
  3. He stops in the middle, in between benches, getting desperate.
  4. He eventually found his wife. Hurray! They are reunited!

Principles of Animation Used

  • Anticipation
    • In the beginning, before male makes the jumps, he speeds up, anticipating for the jumps.
    • *Demo: see the final video
  • Staging
    • Staged the male and female bikes on opposite end at the park, hidden from each other’s view.
    • Put benches and trees so that they help hide the female bike.
    • Screen Shot 2017-03-29 at 1.40.57 AMScreen Shot 2017-03-29 at 1.41.43 AMScreen Shot 2017-03-29 at 1.43.45 AMScreen Shot 2017-03-29 at 1.44.52 AM
  • Arc 
    • The two jumps that male bikes make are in arc shape.
    • Screen Shot 2017-03-29 at 1.45.48 AM
    • *Demo: see the final video
  • Exaggeration
    • The two jumps are slowed down with exaggeration so that the audience notices them more.
    • *Demo: see the final video
  • Secondary Action
    • Toward the end, the make bike biking became a secondary action, while the attention turns to the female bike waking up from her nap and reunites with the make bike.
    • Screen Shot 2017-03-29 at 1.46.41 AMScreen Shot 2017-03-29 at 1.47.09 AM
    • *Demo: see the final video
  • Appeal
    • The story is about a bike couple getting reunited.


Before presention: The Reunion of Hubby and Wifey Bikes (1) 

After fixing the critiques: The Reunion of Hubby and Wifey Bikes (2)

Critiques received

  • In the beginning of the video, let the male bike look left and right a bit.
    • Fixed.
  • Make the jumps more natural.
    • Fixed.
  • Higher Resolution
    • Fixed.


  • I constructed the park scene with some free models downloaded from the internet. I downloaded models for the park bench, stone pavement on the ground and the tree.
  • However, I did add shadings for all three of the models I downloaded. I found pictures of wooden bench, granite stone and tree textures from online and applied them.
  • To make the female bike, I just changed the color of the shading from blue to pink.

Tutorials and Help


Thanks for reading!


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