I was thinking for this scene that I could have Pocahontas mimicking Cornelius. Cornelius would be a bit perplexed about this and Pocahontas would be enjoying herself.
I have been thinking about the benchmarks that my work could be marked against. Any good animation and character design could form a good benchmark.
For the Character Design, I was thinking that Chris Sanders (Lilo and Stitch). If my character designs could evoke a child-like wonderment like his did in Lilo and Stitch I would be happy.
I was also thinking about Gromit and any of the character designs in that Tom Bancroft book I already mentioned. I have been using that to help me character design so his work in that should form a good benchmark.
For the animation, any good animation would do as a benchmark. If I could animate as good as Glen Keane does right here, I would be ecstatically happy.
This is an example of top quality animation done in a very short amount of time. Amazing.
Here is another example of just how great Glen Keane is.
Here are some more pencil tests. John Lounsbery, animation of King Louie and a dancing Bugs Bunny by Ken Harris.
Here is Andreas Deja, a great Disney animator, talking about the legend of Disney animation, Frank Thomas.
However, these seam rather lofty goals to reach. I, myself, would be ecstatically happy with a standard similar to the animation coming out of Les Gobelins.
These are the short of benchmarks I am setting for myself. I am not sure I will ever be able to achieve them but I will sure try.