Friday, June 13, 2014

Preparation...(part 2)

(Part 2)

November 1992 brought in Aladdin...

The Lamp and the Genie...



I worked on animation for the character Jafar (below) with the unit headed by Andreas Deja.

 I cannot emphasize enough the value of thumbnailing a scene to work out the business/action before doing any animation.

Here are some of my thumbnails as an example:

(thumbnails of Jafar head turn)











I also had the opportunity to animate a few characters in the parade (below)...

( thumbnails to work out action of marcher twirling sword)


and a few Aladdin scenes (below) with the lamp...

(in cave with lamp-top and left, effects shooting out of the lamp would be added later)




























and Aladdin on carpet (below).






The Aladdin crew...
 
When animation is mentioned, some people immediately associate the animator as the star of the show, but it takes more than animators to get a feature to the screen.

 The Directors harness all the talent to bring their vision to fruition...

(Producers, Directors and screenplay by John Musker and Ron Clements)


Another important ingredient: the people who make up the story department...

Aladdin lead animators...
(l to r Randy Cartwright, Phil Young, Glen Keane, Dave Pruiksma, Eric Goldberg, Duncan Marjoribanks, Andreas Deja and Will Finn.  Mark Henn not pictured)



Aladdin animators (right)...












Aladdin layout and background artists (below)...



Aladdin clean-up artists (below)...




Aladdin effects and CGI artists (below)...


These and many more were responsible for the animated feature that made it to the screen.


  As usual the cast and crew were treated to a screening at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood followed by the now famous Disney Wrap Party.


  In the end it is the audiences who decide whether or not a film has been successful in it's attempt to entertain.

Five months later we gathered together as a group to celebrate Aladdin joining a handful of films that had surpassed $200,000,000 and the only animated film to do so at the time.


  At this time Disney animation was on a positive upward spiral. Check out Don Hahn's documentry 'Waking Sleeping Beauty' to get a behind the scenes look at this era.


(photos by WDP for inspiration and encouragement)


2 comments:

  1. Thumbnails are the starting point once the thought process is in gear:-)

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