i still don’t really understand the difference between 1’s and 2’s in animation tbh
i think “on 1’s” is like EVERY frame has a drawing whereas “on 2’s” is 1 drawing every 2 frames? When I animate in photoshop though this doesn’t seem to matter much since you can hold a frame for as…
Eh, just gonna chime in and say that Disney traditional animation is actually generally on twos. An example of someone who always works on ones is Richard Williams, (Roger Rabbit, Thief and the Cobbler).
By dint of animation’s nature, however, I can’t say hand-drawn Disney is EXCLUSIVELY on twos - it’s more accurate to say they work MAINLY on twos, and use ones sparingly. Background pans, for instance, need to be animated on ones or else they’ll jitter. Ones are added strategically in an animation that’s otherwise on twos for things like quick actions, smooth transitions, smears, and emphasis. Animating on top of real footage (a la Roger Rabbit) also needs to be on ones to not jitter.
The main reason Disney doesn’t animate everything on ones is because it takes about 900 years. Thief and the Cobbler is famously unfinished for a number of reasons, but the fact that it required double the number of drawings is probably a contributing factor.
Personally, I prefer the look of twos. Ones look floaty and unnaturally smooth to me, and anything higher than three looks a bit too jumpy. But it’s really down to personal preference/how much time you have to draw how many frames.
They did a weird thing in Tarzan where individual characters were on 2s but they were off by one frame so there was actually animation on every frame. IDK why they decided that one or if it happens in any other film, I just went thru a few scenes frame by frame when working on an animation for Jane when I was in school and noticed it.