December 26, 2013

Lovely, impressive animation: The Bear & the Hare

Festive & fun:

But what’s really interesting is the ‘making of’ piece:

Elliot and Yves took the two most traditional and time-honored animation processes – stop-motion and traditional hand-drawn 2D animation – and combined them to create something innovative and unique. Their aim was to do almost everything in camera, using real lighting, lens and film craft to build a world where the audience can see and feel the painstaking work behind it. The 2D animation’s physical interaction with the set and the human imperfections inherent in the process create a hand-crafted piece full of heart and integrity.

The animation process involved constant shifts between 2D and 3D worlds. In order to achieve this complicated combination the whole film was first created in Blinkink Studios as a 3D previsualisation animatic with all the sets and characters built to scale. This allowed everything to be developed and planned alongside the modelmakers and animators, thus integrating the different disciplines and processes before the set was built or the characters were printed.

Aaron Blaise (Brother Bear, The Lion King, Mulan) and his team of veteran Disney animators at Premise Entertainment in Orlando, Florida, designed and animated the characters. The 2D-animation frames were printed onto mounted paper and cut with a laser. Each frame (nearly 4,000 in total) was then individually hand-labelled before going on set. Feature-film stop-frame animators then spent 6 weeks bringing the world to life.

[Vimeo 1, 2] [Via Steve Guilhamet]

Posted by John Nack at 10:10 AM on December 26, 2013

Comments

  • ileneh — 10:20 AM on December 26, 2013

    WOW. I had NO idea so much went into a quality animation! Fascinating and amazing.

  • Trevor Dennis — 3:18 PM on December 26, 2013

    Beautiful and uplifting – Thank you for sharing John. The ‘making of’ video was surprising. I imagined it would have all been done with the computer with the perspective done by layering the scenery. I guess it is good to see old skills still being used.

  • Craig Beyers — 7:11 PM on December 26, 2013

    Fascinating process! The artistry is amazing and the patience of the animators to create the hundreds (thousands?) of images is, well, overwhelming. Thanks for both videos.

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