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 Mermaid, Moana, 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
Original hand-painted ‘stretching portrait’ used in Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion.
As the elevator in the mansion descends, these portraits would ‘stretch’ to reveal their full image. However, the consistent ‘stretching’ would eventually cause some wear to the canvas, and these portraits would need to be replaced.
From 1969 to 1972, these portraits were all hand-painted, whereas later versions were printed.
Lake Shawnee Amusement Park (Princeton, West Virginia)
ADDRESS: 4213 Beckley Road, Princeton, West Virginia 24740 USA
COORDINATES: 37.406050, -81.142372
Lake Shawnee Amusement Park was established around 1920 by Conley T. Snidow. The amusement park was abandoned in 1966.
This amusement park is called “The Cursed Park”, and for good reason. On the amusement park grounds, archaeologists discovered a massive Native American grave complete with several artifacts. Thirteen bodies were discovered on the property, though archaeologists believe the number could be upwards of 3,000. Many people attribute a curse to the mass grave, which could explain the six deaths that occurred in the amusement park during its years of operation, including a six-year-old girl being hit by a truck on the swingsets in the last photo.
The current owner, Gaylord White II, says even he’s experienced strange unexplainable sights, feelings, and especially sounds. In 2005 while filming the popular ABC show Scariest Places on Earth, the entire crew, including one psychic, refused to set foot on the grounds at night, saying that the “spiritual energy [was] too strong,” and claiming to have heard drums and chanting.
ADDRESS: Village De L'Est Area, New Orleans, LA 70129
COORDINATES: 30.051111, -89.934417
Six Flags New Orleans (SFNO) is an abandoned amusement park in New Orleans. It sits on a 140-acre property, and was once home to twenty-one theme park rides, with six still standing. The park closed in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina struck the South.
**Beware: This theme park is both surrounded by water and has many ponds that are home to alligators. While they are not known to attack, it’s better to be cautious.