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Good News/Bad News: The Last 2D Animators at Disney are Doing Projection Mapping for Walt Disney World

The Good News: Legendary Disney animators Mark Henn (Tiana, Jasmine, etc.), Eric Goldberg (Genie, Phil, etc.), and Randy Haycock (adult Simba , young Hercules, etc.), are animating characters from Aladdin, The Little MermaidMoana, Big Hero 6, Zootopia, etc. USING THE CLASSIC, HAND-DRAWN METHOD for an upcoming Walt Disney World show, Happily Ever After, scheduled to debut May 12.

Besides the usual fireworks and pyrotechnics, Happily Ever After will feature the now de rigueur projection mapping on Cinderella’s Castle – only it will be done in glorious hand-drawn animation! What a wonderful way to keep kids aware of this now pretty-much-extinct Disney tradition!

The Bad News: Disney is wasting these legends on temporary theme park shows, when they could be using them to train a brand new generation of animators in the fine art of hand-drawn animation! Traditions like this MUST be passed down from one generation to the next, or else the intricacies and subtleties of the art form will be lost. Textbooks and video tutorials can only capture a fraction of the knowledge that these ‘old Masters’ have to share. It would be a shame if this knowledge died with them.

GIFs: Tiana animated by Mark Henn, Ursula animated by Eric Goldberg, Aladdin + Jafar animated by Randy Haycock 

Friends On The Other Side
Keith David
Friends On The Other Side

“The cards, the cards, the cards will tell. The past, the present, and the future as well! The cards, the cards, the cards, just take three. Take a little trip into your future with me!”

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Veteran Disney animators and their happiness in returning to hand-drawn animation for The Princess and the Frog. [x] (Names of animators in captions)

“Disney had once announced that 2004’s Home on the Range would be their last traditionally animated film. After the company’s acquisition of Pixar in early 2006, Ed Catmull and John Lasseter, the new president and chief creative officer of Disney Animation Studios, reversed this decision and reinstated hand-drawn animation at the studio. Many animators who had either been laid off or had left the studio when the traditional animation units were dissolved in 2003 were located and re-hired for the project.” [x]

Ma Belle Evangeline
Jim Cummings
Ma Belle Evangeline

“Love is beautiful, love is wonderful, love is everything, do you agree? Me oui! Look how she lights up the sky. I love you, Evangeline.”

Down In New Orleans (Prologue)
Anika Noni Rose
Down In New Orleans (Prologue)

“The evening star is shining bright, so make a wish and hold on tight. There’s magic in the air tonight, and anything can happen.”

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Can we just talk about how amazing Rob Cantor is please??

ACTUAL PERFECT ROB CANTOR