An idea I have really taken to is having woodland animals playing with a ball in a forest when it gets lost in a cave. One of the animals has to go in and get the ball.
In this idea I have equated the cave to an MRI scanner. In the animation the animal (I decided on a family of foxes) will have to go into the cave stay still so not to disturb what is in the cave while there are loud noises. The fox goes in gets the ball and comes out with the ball and everything is fine again.
The paper above monitored “the general age guideline for using the movie entertainment system is 7–8 years or older. However, children as young as 5–6 years have completed an MRI successfully using the movie option.”
I felt that looking at research papers can only give me so much. I need to look at what kids are watching. Specifically educational programs that they are watching.
This website did a run down of the best educational TV for KS2 children, placing the children between 7 and 11, which is a bit older than what I’m looking at but it did give me a rough idea of what language to use.
I decided to look on CBBC. Although the age range is far wider than what I’m looking at and also reaches slightly older audiences it was still useful to see how more informational shows presented their information. A perfect example of this I found was Absolute Genius: Monster Builds. In this more complex ideas are explained while not making it feel like the kids are being talked down to. For example, in the episode below they discover how roller coasters work. the idea of energy needs to be explained, specifically kinetic energy. This is explained by calling it movement energy. However they don’t shy away from using the scientific term.
Absolute Genius: Monster Builds:
I decided to look at some animation to see if this could offer anything in terms of language used. Again I found that more complex terms are simplified are still used. I found Danger Mouse and watched some. There was a scene where Danger Mouse was faced with his spy license being revoked.
“…your spy license will be revoked”
“That means taken away doesn’t it?”
So although the term was quickly and briefly explained with just 2 seconds of animation and speech it was used.
From my research I have learnt not to talk down. The kids within this age range (6-8) want to be treated and spoken to like adults while still being children. Explain more complex words and ideas but still use them. Don’t avoid them. Kids are curious and want to know things, so explain them but don’t think you shouldn’t use technical terms.
When first imagining this idea my mind immediately went to Peter Rabbit and the water colour illustrations in the books. My style idea was to also use water colour but very lightly and then add an outline to the spots of colour.
This was the sort of basic, simple outline I wanted to use maybe even less detail.
This is similar to how I imagine my use of colour to look, the colours I use will be more realistic but used in a similar way.
This is how I want my animation to look. The colour, realistic, just coming out of the lines. The outlining basic but enough for you to tell what it is.