Paperman Animation Breakdown
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From The Mary Sue:
As we edge slightly closer to the November 23rd, 2013 release date of Disney’s new animated adventure filmFrozen, Disney has presented eager fans with an official synopsis included within a recently published press release:
Walt Disney Animation Studios presents an epic tale of adventure and comedy in “Frozen,” a computer-animated feature film slated for the big screen in November 2013. Directed by Chris Buck (“Tarzan,” “Surf’s Up”) and produced by Peter Del Vecho (“Winnie the Pooh,” “The Princess and the Frog”), “Frozen” features the vocal talents of film/TV/stage star Kristen Bell as Anna, a young dreamer about to take the adventure of a lifetime, and Tony Award ®-winning actress Idina Menzel as Elsa the Snow Queen.
In “Frozen,” a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, so Anna (voice of Bell) must team up with Kristoff, a daring mountain man, on the grandest of journeys to find the Snow Queen (voice of Menzel) and put an end to the icy spell. Encountering Everest-like extremes, mystical creatures and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction.
Bell has starred in a variety of films, including the comedies “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “Couples Retreat,” and the upcoming films “Hit & Run,” “Some Girls” and the Farrelly Brothers’ “Movie 43.” On the small screen, Bell is currently starring in the Showtime series “House of Lies” alongside Don Cheadle; she has also starred in “Heroes” and “Veronica Mars.” Broadway credits include “The Crucible” and “Tom Sawyer.”
Menzel, who won a Tony Award® as Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Elphaba in Broadway’s “Wicked” (2004), landed her first role on Broadway in 1995 in the Tony Award-winning musical “Rent.” Film credits include “Enchanted” and the feature film “Rent.” She has appeared in a recurring role on TV’s “Glee” and recently released “Idina Menzel Live: Barefoot at the Symphony,” a live concert with anorchestra led by composer/conductor Marvin Hamlisch.
Frozen will be computer animated and takes inspiration from Hans Christian Andersen‘s story The Snow Queen. Whereas his tale involves a boy falling under the evil spell of the Snow Queen, forcing his childhood female friend to save him, Frozen seems to be replacing the boy-in-distress narrative with an adventure story shared by both a girl and a man. Though Disney certainly seems to be working within the trend of female-fronted action/adventure films geared towards teens and children, most notably demonstrated by extremely successful release of The Hunger Games adaptation and the wildly anticipated Brave by Disney Pixar, it remains to be seen whether or not Frozen will give us the strong female lead and complex female villain young girls deserve. Hopefully Frozen will not fall into the obvious trap of letting the bravery of the mountain man overshadow Anna, allowing her to take center stage and save the day in her own right.
Adding to the potential awesomeness of this flick is definitely the casting of Idina Menzel as the Snow Queen — given her excellent portrayal of Elphaba in Wicked, it seems that she just might have the whole misunderstood witch thing down pat! Hopefully we’ll see an awesomely multi-dimensional female villain in addition to the heroine Disney seems to be promising its fans.
So I’ve been tentatively optimistic about this movie for the last six months, and now finally after seeing the trailer I can finally say I’m full on excited. This will be FANTASTIC!
Destino - Salvador Dali & Walt Disney
In 1946 two legendary artists began collaboration on a short film. More than half a century later, their creation has finally been completed.
Hey guys! Paperman debuted in Annecy today, and in order to celebrate, here are some earlier rough boards I did while working on it. Thanks so much to John Kahrs for letting me work on such an amazing project, and it turned out absolutely gorgeous. It is personal, sincere and heartfelt just like the individual who came up with the idea. I am so grateful to have been given a chance to work on Paperman. Congrats John!!!
PS: Be sure to watch out for the short in front of Wreck-it Ralph this November! I absolutely love Ralph too.
EDIT: Wow! Thank you everyone for the kind words. These boards are not indicative of how the short actually turned out, many sequences were reworked, cut, etc. etc…. you know the drill.
After watching this pencil test today, I was reminded of Disney’s shelved project King of the Elves which is now supposedly back in production. You can get more info on it here. So, here’s some concept art. I know I watched an animatic from it a year or two ago, but of course I can’t find it anymore, so if you have the link, let me know!
reblogging for my most favourite animator ever(that isn’t Sergio Pablos), Rune Bennicke. He drew all of this.
Also the story was a little dark for Disney… but don’t you just want to… hug this guy :C
HURRY AND WATCH IT BEFORE IT DISAPPEARS
From Slash Film
Disney is a prolific company with its name on a great many successes, and it likes to hide its missteps and failures. The process of doing so sometimes helps those mistakes become things of legend. Song of the South, with its politically incorrect and racist portrayals of certain characters, is likely the most famous example. Another example might be The Sweatbox, a very rarely-seen documentary about the failed making of an animated film called Kingdom of the Sun, which eventually morphed intoThe Emperor’s New Groove. (Pictured above.)
The Sweatbox filmmakers John-Paul Davidson and Trudie Styler were given unprecedented access to Disney’s process and the resulting film painted the executives in such a negative light, they more or less made sure the film would never been seen in public.
Until now. For a little while at least. After the jump, you can watch the rarely seen 2002 documentary The Sweatbox.
Wade Sampson from Mouse Planet discusses the documentary
In 1997, musical performer and composer Sting was asked by the Walt Disney Company to write the music for a new animated feature called Kingdom of the Sun. It was to be directed by Roger Allers who was basking in the success of his work on The Lion King.
When Walt Disney set up his studio in Burbank, there was a screening room with no air conditioning, causing the animators to sweat while their rough work was being critiqued. The room became known as the Sweatbox and it became the name used for the process of reviewing the animation as it developed…
The two executives did come across as nerdy bullies who really didn’t seem to know what was going on when it came to animation and were unnecessarily hurtful and full of politically correct speech. They looked like the kids in high school that jocks gave a “wedgie” to on a daily basis. How much of that impression was due to editing and how much was a remarkable truthful glimpse is up to the viewer to decide…
Following a tense, brutal sweatbox screening for executives Schumacher and Schneider…the original story, which was a sort of a version of the well-known “Prince and the Pauper” story, is torn apart. Director Allers quits. Sting’s songs are suddenly out of key in a movie that is now going to be changed into a raucous comedy…
The documentary includes the animators’ initial research trips to Peru, rough sketches, long discussions of color palate and backgrounds, completed animation that was later totally discarded, intense story meetings, Eartha Kitt’s voice recording and glimpses of Sting’s songwriting process. The first 40 minutes or so document the great detail and effort in putting together Kingdom of the Sun. The remainder of the documentary showcases the breakneck rush to complete the film when it becomes The Emperor’s New Groove. The difference in quality is jarring.