“Fat Boy Can’t Fly” is a 3 minutes 52 seconds long animated graduate thesis film. It tells an inspiring story about how a boy whose particular flaw prevents him from flying his sword to the mountaintop along with the others, but turns his weakness in to a strength to finally reach the peak of the mountain.
By combining 2D and 3D techniques, this film creates a relatively unique visual effect with vivid animation. It helps audiences go into the world to understand the characters and story.
This paper outlines the whole film creation process from the very beginning of an idea development stage though to the screening, critique and response. It describes all my inventions, obstacles, failures and successes.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Computer animation--Themes, motives; Computer animation--Technique; Animated films--Themes, motives; Animation (Cinematography); Fantasy films
Imaging Arts (MFA)
Department, Program, or Center
School of Film and Animation (CIAS)
Yang, Tianyu, "Fat Boy Can't Fly" (2015). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
RIT – Main Campus
Physical copy available from RIT's Wallace Library at TR897.7 .Y36 2015