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)
While I had to settle with my first and probably snow globe, it was 50% off, Prince_Ali_Fan got the real goodies. A cast yearbook of Aladdin, the animation crew, specially the supervisions, seemed to have much fun drawing, re-drawing, re-drawing and re-drawing again over and over again. Specially the studio boss, the famous Jeffery “Shrek” Katzenberg, had the artists make constant changes in their drawings. Even the directors werenâ€™t left alone as your’ll on see the images below. More scans at Aladdin Fan Livejoural Community.
Hidden within their new website Walt Disney Animation Studios sneaky released most amazing visual development art of The Princess and the Frog to the public. The site’s section includes the sneak trailer as well as mention other upcoming projects such as Rapunzel, the soon-to-open Bolt and the Aaron Blaise & Robert Walker directed King of Elves. Mr. Blaise was lead animator for Rajah and appeantly did some animation for Jasmine as well back in the day.
Hover over the Studio Life link in the About Us section for an Ariel sketch by Glen Keane.
The Disney Channel version of The Making of Aladdin: A Whole New World just appeared on YouTube. The picture quality is to be desired but still watchable. Hosted by John Rhys-Davies who would provide the voice of Cassim in the third and final film he narrates the documentary. We hear and see the directors/writers/producers, the supervising animators, lyricist Tim Rice and composer Alan Menken talk about the creation of the film.
Overall it doesn’t reveal anything that didn’t make it to the DVD but watching it is amazing. Watch even younger Ron, John, Glen and rest in the Making of The Little Mermaid hosted by Alyssa Milano.
The upcomming Ron Clements and John Musker traditional animation film “The Princess and the Frog” got a teaser site complete with teaser trailer. See and be amazed, her animation is more Mulan, Nani style a bit cartoonish but it’s classic hand drawn animation so who am I to complain. After she is animated by the one and only Mark Henn, the first princess he does the supervising animation for since Jasmine, I think.
The Princess and the Frog opens in one and a half years on December 25 2009.