Story is About Conflict and Details
Not only in the sense that us filmmakers find it the toughest to sit down and put the story and film in our heads down on paper.
We would rather just draw.
But the fact is, the structure and progression of your acts is the plate that will hold your gags, characters, beautiful animation, cool backgrounds, etc, and turn them into a dish that you will think about after you’ve seen it.
To me, cool animation without a good story is more of a sample reel.
And what about the story. It is our human nature, the obstacles and conflicts that we relate to. We are hardwired for it. We laugh at it. Cry. Good story taps into our emotions. We follow the hero’s journey, or we watch Mr. Bean going to the dentist.
There is no story without conflict. Getting into it, enduring it, getting out of it ( or smacking up against the wall.) Maybe we will learn something from it.
It’s also about details. The details that pull us into the world and wrap us up like a blanket.
Fish Head progresses. Life progresses.