Monday, June 10, 2013

Animation Inspiration

Over the past few months (in preparation for our Disney trip!), my family has embarked on a quest to watch as many classic Disney movies as possible!
We stuck mostly with the traditionally animated ones - mainly because the Pixar and digital ones we had seen more recently - but it made me realize how gorgeous the old animation style is.

If just one Disney exec would sit down and watch just one of the old classics, I bet he would instantly decide that Disney needs more traditional animation! They're that beautiful!

There's something about it you just can't recreate with digital.  Every frame seems like a work of art; the backgrounds are so rich, and the movements and expressions of the characters are so natural and soft.

Take Snow White for instance.  Every little detail of her movement - the way her cape falls, the way she lifts her skirt, the way her hair moves - it's so beautifully drawn and so life-like.

The expressions of the characters are another thing about Disney animation I just love.  And sometimes they pass so quickly you could easily miss them!  Take this moment from Peter Pan:

People who claim that Disney girls aren't tough enough need to pay closer attention.  All the guys are like "Whaaa?" and Wendy's just like, "These pirates are so not amusing."

Here's another moment I love from Cinderella:

Cindy and I have the exact same I'm-about-to-get-a-present-and-it's-going-to-be-GOOD face.  LOL - but seriously, how adorable and brilliantly animated and true-to-life is that face?  It's from when she's waiting for the Fairy Godmother to pixie dust up THIS dress.

The way that skirt SWIRLS!!!  I'm having serious dress envy.

When we were rewatching these movies, I kept admiring the way the animators could make an outfit move, and especially what they could do with a girl's hair...

Whether she's underwater or up in the wind, Ariel's har is incredible - truly the work of an artist!

Pocahontas has beautifully drawn hair as well.  Also, can we just appreciate Meeko's face for a minute?  HA.

I loved rewatching Pocahontas (it's on Netflix!) - I hadn't seen it in so long!  It reminded me of everything I love about Disney movies.  It's got the hilarious animal sidekicks (Meeko and Flik represent!).

It's got the BREATHTAKING animation.

It's got a heroine who is both strong and good.  And being a recent college grad, I could totally sympathize with Pocahontas's situation.

When Pocahontas asks Mother Willow, "But Grandmother Willow, what is my path?  How am I ever going to find it?" - I was just like ME TOO.  So if you see any rainbow leaves swirling around in the wind, let me know, OK? ;)

lol.  But then aren't we all trying to figure out what exactly our path is and what we're meant to be doing and what's just around the river bend?  I think that's what makes Disney movies so classic, so beloved by both children and adults. 

One of my favorite quotes from Walt Disney is something he said about his films:

"When planning a new picture we don't think of grown ups and we don't think of children but just of that fine, clean, unspoiled spot down deep in every one of us that maybe the world has made us forget and that maybe our pictures can help recall." - Walt Disney

That, in a nutshell, expresses exactly why I love Disney so much.


After all our Disney movie watching to prepare, now it's time to go - we leave tomorrow morning!!!  I scheduled a few things to post on the blog while I'm away (so there will still be updates on here!), and I'll definitely be tweeting from Disney and doing some vlogs as well, so stay tuned for those!


  1. Woot woot for vlogs! Give me a little 'hello', I'll be watching along.

  2. so funny that y'all are doing this too...we are going back in November,so I assigned a letter to each week starting at 26 weeks out...sort of a week-by-week countdown...each week we will watch all the Disney movies we have that start with that letter! We are on Week D right now,, tonight it's Dumbo!!!!!
    I love all those shows for the things you mentioned...and I am always running a neck & neck tie between Snow White and Cinderella as whose the favorite...but Snow White was the first one and it tugs at my heart so!!!