I got the idea from movie intros and funny short cartoons. The short animation clips that they sometimes have with the trailers before the movie starts. One of the clips is of a snowman trying his best to get to a mermaid but he is stuck in a snowball. So he tries everything until he eventually fall of the rack into the fish tank where the mermaid is but then he realises that he is still stuck in the snowball. I also got the idea from childhood cartoons where they don't speak but try their best to catch someone or something and then everything fails except their last attempt but then the character doesn't benefit from it.
In the cartoons they try everything from the smallest to the biggest thing (sometimes out of context) and they still cannot get the part done. So I decided that I'm going to take something simple and make a comedy clip from it. So I took someone going camping and forgetting to take firelighters with. The character then tries to light the fire in the simplest ways until he goes all out. This ends up setting him on fire, burning down his camp (tent) and at the end he is left with ashes left over from the tent, burn marks and a campfire burning normally.
From this experience I have learned that animations take a lot of work. People look at cartoons and animations and what they don't realise is how much work it takes to come to finished product. Designing an animation take a lot of time and patience. Before you start it looks easy and like a quick job but as soon as you start everything slows down and a lot of work needs to be put in.
When you busy with the animation, it feels like so much work and you don't feel like doing it anymore but once you are done you sit back and look through it all and you know it was a job well done.