Princess and the Frog featurette with Aladdin directors

Princess and the Frog featurette with Aladdin directors

Some of the key guys behind Disney’s return to 2D feature film Princess and the Frog talk about the traditional way of making cartoons, with pencil and paper. Among the interviewees are Ron Clements and John Musker Princess’s directors and animation living legend Andreas Deja (supervising animator of Jafar)

The Little Mermaid Crew Reunion

The Little Mermaid Crew Reunion

On May 21st in Burbank ASIFA-Hollywood organizes a reunion of The Little Mermaid crew. Similar to what the organization did for the Aladdin. On November 15th Mermaid marks its 20th anniversary.

Character animator Tom Sito will moderate a panel consisting of Mark Henn (Ariel), Andreas Deja (King Triton), Ruben Aquino (Ursula), Tina Price (CAPS system and early CGI) and Gary Trousedale (storyboards) – with many more guests and panelists to be announced.

Via Cartoon Brew and UD forum

Introducing the supervising animators of The Princess and the Frog

Introducing the supervising animators of The Princess and the Frog

Spread over 4 pages the Disney themepark site Laughingplace.com introduces or should I say re-introduces it’s readers to the lead animators of the upcoming 2D The Princess and the Frog. People who actually don’t need introduction because their fame, sometimes gathered over three decades drawing legendary Disney characters, exceeds them. Who doesn’t remembers names like Eric Goldberg, Ruben Aquino, or Nik Ranieri? Laughingplace as their career highlights.

Animation Podcast interview with Ken Duncan continued

Animation Podcast interview with Ken Duncan continued

The Animation Podcast talked with Ken Duncan is a Disney character animator from 1990 to 2002 projects include supporting characters like Thomas in Pocahontas to leading a team of animators on bringing Megara (Hercules) and Tarzan’s Jane to life. On Aladdin he worked with Andreas Deja on Jafar.

He left Disney after Treasure Planet to do Shark Tale for DreamWorks followed by Disney’s The Wild and TMNT as freelance animator. Today he runs his own studio Duncan Studio in Pasada, California.

Hidden Gems

Browsing the LiveJournal community d_villains lead me to a Wiggins community, Governor Ratcliffe’s attended in Pocahontas, there I found hilarious fan art that I’ll save for another day.
But that video clip did make me ask myself who animated Wiggins and Ratcliffe. At first I thought it was Andreas who drew Ratcliffe, obvious because he did almost all the 90’s villains but IMDB told me it was Duncan Marjoribanks, supervisor animator of Abu, who did the Governor. Wiggins is done by Chris Buck who was not involved in Aladdin but is Disney veteran.

His last project was Home on the Range according to IMDB but another source mentioned him involving Meet the Robinsons. It seems, at least for now, this was Duncan last project at Disney. He has not credited for The Princess and the Frog but that might chance considering the Animation Department section has only 14 names and that is not much for a feature film. Duncan Marjoribanks could very well in involved in Rapunzel, just 5 names on Animation.
A Google blog search brought the BlogSpot hosted Blue Sky Disney containing sketches by Disney’s finest, Glen Keane, Andreas Deja, Mark Henn, Eric Goldberg, David Pruiksma and Duncan Marjoribanks.

I realize that some look like standard artwork you’ve seen as clipart of coloring pages but I recall seeing Jasmine lying down and the Sultan sketch on the DVD art gallery or one of the making of features. Notice that close up sketch of Jasmine is the same Mark Henn’s sister has in her living room.

Genie sketch by Eric Goldberg

Jafar sketch by Andreas Deja

Jafar sketch by Andreas Deja

Jasmine sketch by Mark Henn

Jasmine sketch by Mark Henn

Sultan sketch by David Pruiksma