AICN recently posted the above two images as part of a preview of Disney’s Bolt. So, as I understand the animation process at Disney, here is how you translate a board drawing into a final CG film frame:
1. Remove all the funny shapes in the character design and turn the character into a nondescript blob.
2. Take out any asymmetry (like the angles on the arms) and even out the pose.
3. Tone down the funny expressions.
4. Just in case there is any appeal still left in the CG model, add flat lighting and excessive texturing so the characters and background mesh into an indistinguishable dark muck.
5. Repeat this process until you have blown $150 million dollars.