Taurus: Ice Age Gemini: Zootopia Cancer: Balto or
The Land Before Time Leo: The Fox and the Hound Virgo: The Aristocats Libra: Shrek Scorpio:Finding Nemo Saggitarius: Shark Tale or Oliver & Company
Capricorn: The Lion King Aquarius: Rio Pisces: Lady and the Tramp
Tim Burton was born in 1958, Burbank California. He began making movies
at a young age. After high school Burton attended the California
Institute of Arts to study character animation. After he graduated from
the Institute in 1979, he was hired by Disney. Later in his career, an old poem he wrote back in 1982,
caught the attention of Disney and they decided to use it as the blueprint to make “The Nightmare Before Christmas” which was then directed by Henry Selick, a good friend of Tim Burton.
We were sitting in the writers room breaking the story for The Answer. The story became more and more fairytale like, and I recall Rebecca coming up with the idea that the episode could look like a story book. I did these quick roughs in marker which eventually became the foundation for the look of “The Answer”. I did these on the spot while we were still figuring out the story, so the events in these drawings don’t specifically line up to anything in the final… but I guess some of the concepts ended up getting used.
After seeing them, Rebecca brought up the works of Lotte Reineger, the german animator. This fit perfectly, we had both studied The Adventures of Prince Achmed and her other films in college and Lotte Reineger is a huge inspiration. Not only are her films hauntingly beautiful, she created the first ever animated feature film and the first multi-plane camera way before Walt Disney did. She’s an unsung animation pioneer.
I originally thought the whole thing would be in silhouette but we allowed the main characters to have interior detail with limited palettes. I love limited palettes!!! Rebecca oversaw the resulting design process with our art director Jasmin Lai and I really think it came together great. In the final episode, the Shadow Puppet section is boarded by Lamar Abrams and he completely made the whole thing work which was not an easy feat. There’s some really inventive stuff in there.