Hi Sheep Fans,
I'm a day late (sorry), but I just wanted to share my experience of the end of last week, when I was working with a huge bull, almost made entirely out of plastacine.
Animating something this big usually doesn't require a lot of detail, as is the case here. The bull just had to look very angry, and most of the action in this shot took place with the other characters, and in particular Bitzer, who is scared-stiff of him! The bull has an armature connecting his head to his body, so thanks to the neck joint I was able to move his head up and down. To turn his head in an extreme direction, however, I had to carve out chunks of the plastacine around his neck, in order to make space for his head to reach around. This all obviously needs to be smoothed out before the frame is taken. You can see me doing this in the last of the follwing photos.
In the others you can see that Bitzer has collapsed (seated in his deckchair) with fear. In this type of action getting the sence of gravity is very important and, in true cartoon-fashion, I had Bitzer rise up, defy gravity momentarily, before naturally falling to the ground.