Here are some of the thumbnails I drew up before getting sucked into the computer. These guys were pretty much a huge mouth with an action line. So the art director and I shot a bunch of reference reading each line to see the poses that the mouth would hit. I felt this has been a weak area in my previous work so I'm extremely happy that I was able to focus on something that was pretty much all mouth.
This shot was pretty difficult making everything read as clearly as possible with the camera rotating around Lucky. I was told to give a sense of being confused without confusing the audience. So in order to keep the attention where it needs to be (Lucky), I positioned the trees to always point in the general direction where Lucky would be at.
I didn't add this shot to the .mov file because all of these trees were blurred out of focus a bit and they were barely moving. The focus of the shot was about Lucky finding the answers to the questions by pulling out his crystal ball, so the trees were faded into the background to make all of the special effects and glowing marshmallow bites stand out more. :)
This shot was cut from the spot but I'm throwing the thumbs in here anyway... they changed the premise behind this shot so that the trees that had the questions answered would turn back into regular trees... the non-enchanted kind.
Shot 5 had a couple changes to it since the thumbnail stage. At first I had him end the shot in a friendly manner, but they actually preferred the more cynical expression.
Then this shot contrasts the previous in showing he's just a friendly old tree who just wants his question answered as the kids run off to catch Lucky with his Lucky Charms into the sunset.