Im sure this was already passed around the animation community, but if you have not seen it:
Its funny how much gestures plays into animation and acting these days. Its almost a buzz word. When I started at Pixar over 15 years ago, most people were just animating on gut instinct. A few guys really thought about it and they were among the best…We certainly talked about choices. Now the discussion is a bit more detailed. Obviously, how you gesture affects the idea of what is being conveyed. Glen Keane came to Pixar around 2000. He gave a great talk about gestures and it opened a window. I think we need to keep opening those windows. Whats the next advance in animation acting? I think interaction with cloth and other dynamic parts of a character are. I want to unbutton a shirt, flip a collar, roll up a sleeve, try on a glove. If you think about it, its really in the beginning stages of that. It takes so much to pull off that sort of stuff.
What about interactions with thinks like light, water, texture etc. We fake everything in animation and as we see it more clearly we might make different choices. In essence, animators should have the ability to really pull off anything. I’m sure when Milt Kahl animated the scene of Medusa taking off her coat in rescuers, he blew people away. I wish I saw more animation like that where I didnt think about how they did it but more…how I felt about it.