Lin-Manuel Miranda in Mary Poppins Returns

How Mary Poppins Returns honors magical animation of the original

With audiences currently enjoying Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns” in theatres, there’s already talk about the great animation sequence that pays homage to one of the 1964 original Mary Poppins’ most memorable scenes that combined live-action actors with hand-drawn animation. In…

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:

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: