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 Returns instead of leaping into… Read More »How Mary Poppins Returns honors magical animation of the original
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If you remember when Disney’s Hollywood Studios used to offer classes on drawing some of Disney’s most beloved characters, you’ll be happy to know the tradition continues over at the Art of Animation Resort. A new video tutorial from one of Disney’s character artists shares… Read More »Learn to Draw – Baby Jack-Jack from Pixar’s Incredibles 2
While Walt Disney Animation Studios may have moved exclusively to digital animation after “The Princess and the Frog,” characters are still rendered in traditional hand-drawn animation style during th early portions of the movie’s development (and for various promotional projects). For Disney’s “Zootopia,” it happens… Read More »Learn to Draw Nick Wilde from Disney’s Zootopia
It was a sad day when Walt Disney Animation Studios let the vast majority of its traditional hand-drawn animation staff go. Those who didn’t transition to digital had to find jobs at other studios or in other lines of business. But that’s not to say… Read More »Disney Animation Continues Life Drawing Class Tradition
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:
James Lopez is best known as an animator at Walt Disney Animation Studios and an instructor at CalArts. He’s worked on a bevy of great film characters including Timon from The Lion King, Pain from Hercules, and Dr. Facilier from The Princess and the Frog.… Read More »Animated Recreation of Disneyland’s America Sings
So when Walt Disney Animation Studios says there will be no more hand drawn animated features, they mean it. Nine animators from the hand drawn team were let go yesterday. Sadly these are some of the most veteran animators on the team as well. Disney… Read More »Walt Disney Animation Studios Lets Most of Hand Drawn Team Go
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.
The full press release and DVD details are below the jump: