>When you realize the storyboarders were always hacks, they just had people to control them before S9
Well yeah, a storyboard artist's job is to provide a rough draft for the animation. Storyboards, especially the early drafts, generally tend to have a lot of off-model characters. It's the storyboard revisionists' job to edit them to fit within the art style and the director's job to give the approval for the finished product. Obviously those people just stopped giving a shit in season 9.
>>36405463it's worse than that they genuinely thought they were making an improvement
>>36405267It wasn't the storyboarders' fault, it was Jim and the other directors who kept pushing the animation to be off-model for "fun"
>>36405527"Them bronies like memes right? Let's make every damn face a fucking meme, so they lose their impact and become just ugly deformations"
>>36405562no it wasn't this at all it was more like "fuck the bronies, we hope this will piss them off"
The job of a storyboard is to exaggerate the characters so the actual animators know exactly what emotions they're to express.Generally, they write the script, storyboard it, revise, animate, final revisions, production cut.So the storyboard artist is given the script and they draw things that are either mentioned in the script, or what they think the character would be feeling, and sometimes it doesn't fit or is TOO exagerrated.Look at the first example for a case of replacement, pinkie looks worried / strained there, which doesn't look right for the scene, whilst the second example is a case of revising it slightly rather than changing it.Isn't that the episode where maud moves to ponyville? I don't remember those faces.
>>36405267This is something we can legit blame Jim Miller for.
>>36405267>storyboard doesn't look like the finished productIMAGINE MY SHOCK
>>36405267I agree with this anon >>36405578Not sure who but someone said that the storyboard expressions is supposed to be exaggerated so the animators know what expression the characters must have for the scene.Also this anon here is right too >>36405527 Jim didnt gave a fuck about quality or mlp, remember the person they hired to make the expressions more human? its on a tweet from Jim.
>>36405463Back in the late 80's it used to be that the overexaggerated, off-model expressions you see in storyboards are to make it easier to read the panel when you have a metric shitload of them to look at so you can understand what's happening and the type of visual gags are to be used a lot quicker, and then you use the regular ass assets to put it together for the actual episode. At least that's what happened with the old X-Men cartoon according to the creators' autobiography on producing the series, and you know the actual animation is so rigid and monotonous.The issue with it now is that all the new kids on the animation block are either going with a lateral hierarchy, where the people who are supposed to be in charge don't put their foot down hard enough because they're afraid of hurting fee-fees in the office like Adventure Time, or the showrunners are organized with the storyboarders as the leaders like with Steven Universe and so they're free to pull shit as much as possible. Now the latter actually isn't a bad thing, it worked for Samurai Jack because they would draw up all the cool fight scenes and scenarios first and then string along every story beat that leads to them last, but it still requires a competent leader that is actively participating in the storyboard creation. That's why it usually winds up degrading most shows over time.
>>36405562i highly doubt that jim would to something for adult fans. He doesnt like us that much... Its was more like childish rebellion.