Creating The Gumbo Gang Animations

Ever wanted to get an insider’s look into the animation process? Well, here ya go!

First, the animation team builds a “storyboard” for each scene. The panels below are part of the storyboard of The Gumbo Gang’s “Parade” episode. Each panel has a rough drawing of what’s going on in that part of the story and what the characters will be doing in the final animation.

Then, when the storyboard is finished, the crew builds an “animatic”…which is a real-time rough animation with the soundtrack, basic movements, and voice-overs of the characters. This animatic provides a very good guide and timeline for the final animation.

Next, the artists add the fully animated characters and tweak the animated story until it’s perfect and ready for broadcast!