If you liked Helena Rubinstein in buying back her company, you'll be sure to get a kick out of her bossing around a bunch of burglars. Of all the stories I got to animate for The Powder & the Glory, this was definitely the best raw material to work from. The producers of the film encouraged me to play up the humor and the drama, but this really happened to her. It was an event destined to be animated!
The robbery ocurred in her later years, placing the animation style in the early 60s. At the time I'd been flipping through Amid Amidi's Cartoon Modern, and wanted to take stab at something more flat and stylized. I storyboarded this one very differently than the others, trying to use more dramatic angles. I also used Painter for the backgrounds, to add texture. Have a look at the animation below.
OR, you can watch it in full resolution, if you like. (A bonus, because this one is better viewed large)
Again, I have to thank Dustin Wade for all his help. He handled the walk cycles and the animation for when the robbers tie her up. I should note that Rubinstein survived unharmed, though definitely shook up.
These are some of my favorite frames:
So that wraps up the week of animation at Drip! I hope you enjoyed them. We actually made 4 or 5 more animated segments for the film (I only posted my favorites), which you can see when it airs on PBS on Monday, March 23, 2009 at 10PM. I'll post a reminder when the date gets closer. And here's a link to documentary website.