Fully hand-drawn animated features aren’t on the menu anymore at Disney, but the studio still finds scraps of work for its few remaining paper-and-pencil adherents.
The latest gig for these veterans is the live show “Happily Ever After,” scheduled to debut May 12 at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. Besides the fireworks and pyrotechnics, the show will feature projection-mapped hand-drawn animation that will appear on Cinderella’s Castle. Disney Imagineering exec Michael Jung describes the show as a “wonderful kiss good night for our guests.”
The key animators on the project are Mark Henn, Eric Goldberg, and Randy Haycock, and they’re animating characters from Moana, Brave, Big Hero 6, Zootopia, The Little Mermaid, The Princess & The Frog, and Aladdin, among others. Disney released this clip of them discussing the project yesterday:
Here’s a little more detail about the live show:
(Thanks, Cabel Sasser)