Short 2D animated commercial by former Jasmine animator Aaron Blaise

Short 2D animated commercial by former Jasmine animator Aaron Blaise

From Cartoon Brew comes the news that former Disney animator Aaron Blaise as part of the animation studio Premise Art re-teamed with a couple of his former Disney colleagues to animate in the traditional pencil and paper way again after almost a decade. In his early career at Disney feature animation Aaron worked as lead character designer of Rajah and animator of Jasmine later he directed Brother Bear one of Disney’s last traditional animated feature films

British department store John Lewis has released an ambitious annual Christmas advertisement, a £1 million hand-drawn spot with stop motion backgrounds called The Bear and the Hare. The piece was directed by Yves Geleyn and Elliot Dear through Hornet/Blinkink.

The hand-drawn character animation was created by two veterans of Disney’s former animation studio in Orlando: Dominic Carola who runs Premise Entertainment and Aaron Blaise who gained plenty of experience drawing bears when he co-directed Brother Bear. Aaron offered some details to Cartoon Brew about the project