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Wreck-it Ralph as if it were Hand Drawn Animation

WRECK-IT RALPH

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:

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Disney Animation working on new Hand Drawn film

This morning on Facebook Disney’s Animation Research Library wished Disney animation director Ron Clements a Happy Birthday. We do too! On this 25th of April, we wish Artist-Writer-Director Ron Clements a Happy Birthday! Born in Sioux City, Iowa, Ron joined Disney Animation as an apprentice… Read More »Disney Animation working on new Hand Drawn film

Details of new Winnie the Pooh animated feature revealed

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.

More details below the jump:

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The Princess and the Frog gets DVD Release Date

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:

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First Five Minutes of The Princess And The Frog

The first five minutes of The Princess And The Frog, mostly finished, but still in rough form in parts, has been leaked to YouTube. Don’t know how long it will last, so check it out now. Part two: 39 seconds more… I’ve deliberately not watched… Read More »First Five Minutes of The Princess And The Frog

Catch Early Screening of The Princess and The Frog

If you’re a fan of Disney animation and live in Los Angeles or New York, count yourself lucky. You get a chance to see Disney’s triumphant (we hope) return to hand drawn animation, The Princess & The Frog, prior to most anyone else. Tickets are… Read More »Catch Early Screening of The Princess and The Frog

Exclusive Preview of The Princess and the Frog at Cartoon Brew

For those animation fans anxiously awaiting the return of Hand Drawn Animation (although now drawn on tablets instead of paper) to Walt Disney Animation Studios, check out Cartoon Brew TV where an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip of The Princess and the Frog is available courtesy of… Read More »Exclusive Preview of The Princess and the Frog at Cartoon Brew