Check out this great animation test that Doug Dooley did for Ratatouille. Doug is a great friend of mine and someone who always strives for excellence in his work. He's super talented, but like any super talented person, he is also very critical of his own work. I wanted to take a moment to point out that although he works at one of the best places surrounded by some of the best talent in the world, that his work stands out in a BIG way. Check it out:
What makes this so great to me is that it has all the right elements; he hits great poses and holds, things only move for a reason and when they do move they are NOT moving all over the place. Great timing, great spacing, great facial expressions, amazing silhouettes! This shows such a high level of "mastery" to me. Knowing Doug, I'm sure he would say this is "aweful." Being a master has it's draw backs, but I'm totally inspired by this great piece of animation! Great work Doug!