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Web Roundup: Brave Hair, T. Hee, And Animation’s “Onion”

FX Guide offers an in-depth look at how Pixar created the curly red hair of Brave‘s Merida including a 30-minute audio podcast with Pixar simulation supervisor Claudia Chung.

The new official website of animation legend Thornton (T.) Hee is frustatingly difficult to navigate, but those who make the effort will be rewarded with never-before-seen caricatures of Hee’s Disney colleagues and examples of his Cartoon Modern-styled Christmas cards.

2Day in Animation is an Onion-esque take on the animation industry, and it’s often quite funny. Article highlights include “3,800 Really Cool Animation Jobs Posted in April, Though Only 17 Are For Pay,” “Big Studios Promise to Start Making Films with Cage-Free Animators,” “Digital Domain Creates Holograms of Nine Old Men to Helm New Animated Feature,” and “Teletoon Gives Series to Mediocre Animator Just To Shut Him Up.”

  • Merida’s hair is one of the most impressive things I’ve seen in an animated film. Going to see Brave again tonight, now I can at least appreciate it a little more.

  • I will see Brave after a deadline is met (if I can keep crawling back into a chair at my workstation), so I didn’t read the FX article due to plot spoilers. I did look at some stills. I love the subsurface scattering in Merida’s skins. You can really see it in her right hand with bow drawn. I will have to see this twice – once with friends and again way down front.

  • Hank

    Boy–you’re sure right about the T.Hee site. Some great stuff there–but a terrible website design navigation.

  • Scarabim

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  • Merida’s hair seemed way overdone to me. It felt like the movie should have been called “BRIGHT CURLY RED HAIR”

    The T. Hee stuff is fantastic!!

  • Paul Penna

    Lee Harlive? Ray Disney? Teehee teehee!

    • Lee Harlive should be Leigh Harline. But Ray Disney is correct. Ray was the brother of Walt and Roy who made his living selling insurance to Disney studio employees.

      • Paul Penna

        I stand corrected, thanks. But how to explain “Wilford Jaxon”? Was that a common humorous cognomen or T. Hee’s own pun on his name?

      • 90’s WDFA Vet

        Wilfred Jackson signed model sheets for approval with the nickname, “Jaxon”. Not sure if the monicker was his own invention or given to him by his fellow artists.

  • Mac

    2Day in animation is so full of contempt for the animators who work in the industry. Thats funny. Not sure it’s actually good enough humor writing to be worth reading but they’re spot on with the general idea of contempt for the business as it is.

    • AC

      Speaking of contempt did you see the comments section of some of those? Holy crap.

  • Pedro Nakama

    I only go to the movies to see the hair. That’s why I don’t watch Bruce Willis movies.