Pantomime in Animation

by criticalhit009

Pantomime is a reoccurring style in many small animation shorts, especially claymation. Why is this the case?

I believe I have three reasons:

1. Animating lip flaps is time consuming and difficult. Pantomime allows for minimal lip movement and removes the necessity for extensive ADR work, a boon for indie productions short on time and money

2. Pantomime illustrates the dynamic expression possible in animation. Without dialogue, artists must convey all emotion through movement.

3. It may be an inherited sense of humor, a longstanding tradition. One could turn to Wallace and Gromit and other influential creations as examples.