When I was at CTN last November I talked to a lady at the Disney booth and she gave me a great piece of advice. She told me that my animation was stiff and that I should study some Disney films frame by frame. Now I have done this before when working on some school assignments, but I haven't taken the time to really analyze a scene. There is so much to remember in animation that it's easy to forget, so I decided to take a simple scene from a Disney movie, Robin Hood in this case, and draw out the key poses and do the in-betweens. I wanted to figure out the timing and the choices the animator made when animating. I wanted to see where it's squashing and stretching, how the mouth is working, how the character is built, and any other principles of animation that might be in there.
This is something that I want to do a lot more of as my main goal is to learn to be a better 2d animator and I hope by doing little tests like this it will help me to understand the principles better and how to apply them to my own work.