I’m a big fan of Hand Drawn animation, as are many Disney fans. But we haven’t been enough to save the artform from withering on the tree at Walt Disney Animation Studios. In April, Burbank let go most of the hand-drawn animation team. It’s a shame, because artists like Nick Ranieri can still crank out some pretty amazing stuff with pen and and paper.
Here’s a pencil test for Wreck-it Ralph from Ranieri. The film’s directors used it to get a sense for how the character would move and act while the CG Animation Department was still working in early stages.
Below the jump is another pencil test, this time from Eric Goldberg, of King Candy:
In the recent thread on Disney parks merchandise someone noted that it’s been years since Disney has done a feature film starring Mickey Mouse. So it’s no wonder that today’s youth is not acquainted with him. I think they’re forgetting Mickey Clubhouse on Disney Channel. Which was a good attempt to re-introduce Mickey. But it still hasn’t show cased him as the big star that we know he is.
The same thing can be said for Winnie The Pooh. He had a Disney Channel Show, which was really a mis-guided attempt to remake the lovable bear by excluding his best friend. But now Disney is bringing back Christopher Robin, and Pooh’s other forest friends, for a feature length movie.
The “Winnie the Pooh” movie features hand-drawn 2D animation. It appears to be very true to the original character designs if these frames from the movie are accurate. One of the best pieces of news is that the score and songs for the film are being written by Bobby and Kristen Lopez, who turned Pixar’s “Finding Nemo” into a stage musical (which I love!). “Winnie the Pooh” hits theaters July 15, 2011.
Mark your calendars for March 16 as Disney’s newest princess makes her DVD debut and joins the other classic Disney princesses on a shelf near you. The Princess and the Frog not only marked Disney’s return to hand drawn animation, it marked the return of the musical adventure. If you saw it in theaters, then you’re probably still humming along with the great songs. If not, you will be shortly.
As Disney has been wont to do recently, you can own The Princess and The Frog in either a Blu-ray / DVD combo pack with a digital copy or as a single-disc DVD. Both are available for pre-order now.
The full press release and DVD details are below the jump: