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My first taste of Disney Studios

I’ve wanted to draw a little comic to this for a year now. While the entire day I spent there for briefing and Christmas party was memorable, this will always be the memory that struck me the most.

My welcome to the Disney Studios was not a handshake, but a hug.

When I started Art University, I began to learn a bit more about the serious, more corporate side of Disney, and frankly, it intimidated me. But then last year happened, and I learned that the place I believed as a child where there was joy despite bad times here and there… actually existed. And that hug from one of the top people at the TV Animation Studios will be forever engraved in my memory.

The only thing that could have made it better was if a 2 foot black mouse with red shorts came walking around the corner

I don’t know if anyone from the studios watches my tumblr, but if you are thank you for making the kid in me smile and cry for joy. You guys are amazing.

Big Hero 6 TV Show Wishes

What I personally want from the Big Hero 6 TV Series…

Originally posted by theneverlandstar

1) For Tadashi not to be alive. As harsh as it sounds, I honestly believe that keeping him dead really drive’s the movie’s moral of loss. It’d be such a shoot on the foot if he was to return. However, just because he’s dead doesn’t mean to say that he couldn’t be present through holograms, flashbacks, footage from Baymax etc. Here’s plenty of ways in which Tadashi can be in the series without having him “be alive this entire time”. I’d love to see more Tadashi.

2) Character development for the rest of the team. Disney Animation have really nailed it for their voice cast, however, as much as I love the unique attributes of the rest of the team, they are severely underdeveloped. It’s not entire the fault of the team though. Disney Revival movies are always about the duo, Tiana/Naveen, Rapunzel/Flynn, Ralph/Vanellopee, Anna/Elsa, Judy/Nick, Moana/Maui, Jack/Imna, so for Big Hero 6, it was Hiro/Baymax. But because this is the TV series, have backstories for Fred, Wasabi, GoGo and Honey Lemon!

3) Make the side characters relevant. Mr. Yama, Allister Krei, Abigail Callaghan. Make these characters important to the series of Big Hero 6. They are all important figures, Mr. Yama runs the underground botfight industry (robotic bloodsport), Allister Krei is your Mark Zuckerberg of the Big Hero 6 world: an entrepreneur in the world of technology, Abigail Callaghan is the daughter of Yokai. Her development can lead to understanding Yokai better.

4) Anime influence. This is something that I stress. I know this TV series isn’t going to be an “anime” inspired series like The Boondocks or The Legend of Aang/Koora, however, I stress that the team learns from Teen Titans. NOT TEEN TITANS GO, the OG Teen Titans. Anime is popular because it’s a beautiful art form to look at. Integrate that into the series: I plead!

5) Introduce more obscure Marvel characters. Big Hero 6 was such a success for two reasons. Firstly, it was “inspired” (not adapted, inspired: Disney’s Big Hero 6 is not Marvel). Because it was based in the Marvel canon, rather, it was based in the Disney Animation Canon (in order for the Disney Animation to retain 100% rights to characters, merchandise, consumer products), it didn’t have to be negatively stigmatised and compared to Marvel’s mainstream catalogue of cinematic adapted heroes once it was released henceforth its warm reception. Get more obscure characters into the fray. The Runaways for instance would fit in perfectly as they’re a bunch of teens living in an urban city too. That goes for obscure Marvel villains too. Get the worst of the worst Marvel characters and make them lovable WDAS characters.

6) Diverse the cultural diversity. One of the biggest praises for Big Hero 6 was its multicultural cast. It was so reminiscent of Atlantis. And to make things even better: they were not limited to their stereotypes. Wasabi was not the big tough guy, GoGo Tomago was not weaboo like, they had distinct character traits (despite them being limited for the sake of plot convenience). But the notable thing I found about the movie is that there’s no Desi’s. Have the Southern Asian/Indian representation in the world of San Fransokyo. It doesn’t hurt to further the colour pallet that much more broadly so that variety of cultures are present.

7) Retain the original voice cast. This is practically a guarantee as the voice actors for the movie are not AAA Hollywood voice actors, thus, they have the availability to contribute to the TV series. These characters wouldn’t be who they are without their original voice actors!

Disney Channel has dated the small-screen debut of the all-new animated movie and TV series set in the world of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Tangled. Taking place between the story events of the original feature and the short Tangled Ever After, the Disney Channel Original Movie Tangled Before Ever After debuts Friday, March 10 at 8 p.m. ET, leading into the premiere of Tangled: The Series on Friday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. ET.

The new Tangled tales feature stars Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi reprising their roles as Rapunzel and Eugene — the charmer formerly known as Flynn Rider. Both the movie and series will have same-day launches on Disney Channel VOD platforms, and will roll out worldwide in 162 countries following their US debut.

Rapunzel & Co. will also appear in new print and e-book titles (including original middle grade series by Leila Howland) from Disney Publishing; Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media will debut new playsets, dolls, role-play, apparel and accessories later this Fall at Disney Store and all other retailers; the singles “Wind in My Hair” performed by Mandy Moore and “Life After Happily Ever After” performed by Moore, Zachary Levi and Clancy Brown releasing on February 10 and March 10, respectively, from Walt Disney Records, and a DVD of the TV movie and four animated shorts releasing April 11 by Disney Studios.

The vibrant, energetic new adventure-comedy animation projects unfold as Rapunzel gets to know her parents, kingdom, and the people of Corona. With her irrepressible spirit and natural curiosity, she realizes there is a lot to learn about the world and herself before she can assume her role as Princess. Along for the ride are beloved Tangled characters including loyal chameleon Pascal, no-nonsense horse Maximus, and the Snuggly Duckling Pub Thugs.

In Tangled Before Ever After, Rapunzel grapples with the responsibilities of being a princess and the overprotective ways of her father. While she wholeheartedly loves Eugene, Rapunzel does not share his immediate desire to get married and settle down within the castle walls. Determined to live life on her own terms, she and her tough-as-nails Lady-in-Waiting Cassandra (voiced by Broadway’s Eden Espinosa) embark on a secret adventure where they encounter mystical rocks that magically cause Rapunzel’s long blonde hair to grow back. Impossible to break and difficult to hide, Rapunzel must learn to embrace her hair and all that it represents.

Starring alongside Moore, Levi and Espinosa are Julie Bowen (Modern Family) as Rapunzel’s mother, Queen Arianna, and Clancy Brown (Shawshank Redemption) as her father, King Frederic.

The recurring guest voice cast includes: Jeffrey Tambor as Big Nose, Sean Hayes as Pete the Guard, Jeremy Jordan as teen alchemist Varian, comedian Jeff Ross as Hook Hand’s brother Hook Foot, Richard Kind as Uncle Monty, Paul F. Tompkins as Shorty; Jonathan Banks as Varian’s father, Quirin; Peter MacNicol as Nigel the Advisor; Diedrich Bader as Stan the Guard; M.C. Gainey as Captain of the Guards; Laura Benanti as Lady Caine; Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as blacksmith Xavier; Pat Carroll as Old Lady Crowley; Charles Halford as Vladimir; Steve Blum as Attila Buckethead; and James Monroe Iglehart as Eugene’s friend Lance Strongbow.

Produced by Disney Television Animation, Tangled: The Series was developed by animation veterans Chris Sonnenburg (Enchanted) and Shane Prigmore (The LEGO Movie). Sonnenburg serves as executive producer and supervising director; Benjamin Balistreri (How to Train Your Dragon) is supervising producer; Jase Ricci (Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero) is story editor; and Alan Bodner (The Iron Giant) is art director. Celebrated artist Claire Keane (Frozen, Tangled), who painted Rapunzel’s tower murals in the feature film, is the series’ Visual Development Artist.

The series features songs by Academy Award-winning Disney Legend Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater. Emmy Award-winning Kevin Kliesch (Tangled Ever After) serves as score compose

Everyone starts somewhere. Push on, persevere, and succeed.


Here it is, my first TV GIG!

I got to work as an animator with Bristol based production company, Wildseed Studios on a short cartoon for Disney XD UK to go alongside the UEFA Euro 2016.

Lottie Bearshout in ‘Good as Goaled’, created by the Spin Kick Bros (Tom Gran and Martin Woolley)!

I’m so happy with how this turned out and proud to have been part of this project. Thanks to all the great people at Wildseed Studios, I had a tremendously fantastic and fun time working on some of these shots and seeing everyone’s hard work come together. It was a great experience!


Characters that are just like someone we all knew in high school


New Image From Upcoming DuckTales Disney XD Series

D23 (@DisneyD23) tweeted out this image of the new DuckTales today, saying it was our first look at the new series. Almost nothing has been announced about the new DuckTales series yet, but it will be premiering on Disney XD sometime in 2017.

- Christopher

“Tangled” Animated TV Series Based on Film Coming to Disney Channel

Per Variety:

“Tangled” is heading to the small screen. Based on the 2010 feature film from Walt Disney Animation Studios, the animated television series is slated to premiere on Disney Channel in 2017.

Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi will reprise their roles, voicing Rapunzel and Eugene, also known as Flynn Rider, respectively.

The series follows the success of Disney Channel’s 2012 “Tangled Ever After” short, which brought in five million total viewers.

The Disney Television Animation project reunites the movie’s composer Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater who will work on the series, which is being developed by exec producer Chris Sonnenburg (“Enchanted”), who will also serve as supervising director, and Shane Prigmore (“The Lego Movie”), who is co-exec producer and creator director.

“The genius of the original movie was its seamless blending of cinematic adventure, character-driven comedy and touching emotion. And we are fortunate to have several of the creative talent from that movie on board with this new production,” commented Gary Marsh, president and CCO of Disney Channels Worldwide. “With the addition of Chris and Shane as executive producers, we have the perfect team in place to create a series worthy of the original film.”

“Tangled” on Disney Channel is set between the events of the original film and the start of “Tangled Ever After.” The series follows the long-locked Rapunzel (Moore), as she acquaints herself with her parents, her kingdom and the people of Corona, and realizes there is much more she needs to learn before she can truly accept her royal destiny, causing her to put her crown and put her marriage on hold to seek out epic adventures, much to the dismay of her father, the King. Accompanying Rapunzel on her journey will be the charming bandit Eugene (Levi); the plucky chameleon sidekick, Pascal; the no-nonsense horse, Maximus; the Snuggly Duckling Pub Thugs; and newcomer Cassandra, a tough-as-nails handmaiden, who becomes Rapunzel’s confidant.

Jase Ricci (“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”) is the story editor on the “Tangled” series and Kevin Kliesch (“Tangled Ever After”) will serve as the score composer. Claire Keane (“Frozen,” “Tangled”) consulted on development of the series.

The “Tangled” series is the latest step in the Disney franchise, following the huge box office success. The Golden Globe and Academy Award-nominated film opened with $68.7 million and earned $200 million domestically and over $593 million globally. The original song “I See the Light,” recorded by Moore and Levi, also won a Grammy Award.

“Tangled” is also featured at Disney theme parks, and Rapunzel has become one of the top-selling Disney Princesses among Disney Store and Disney Publishing merchandise. The tale is being adapted for a stage show on Disney Magic cruise ship, set to premiere onboard this November.


Happy Father’s Day. Make sure to tell your dad that you love him and that you guys need to plan your next trip to Disneyland or Walt Disney World.

Star Vs no longer at Mercury

Star Vs The Forces Of Evil had to be moved to another studio because Mercury Filmworks has to focus on Penn and The Lion Guard, the latter which is coming up.  I had once thought Mercury could handle being Disney’s go-to studio to digital 2D television animation, but I suppose they’re still very small.  Too bad.  They weren’t even through the first season!!  That definitely explains the somewhat different look in the preview images posted online a few days ago.


Happy Chocolate Day!!!