Disney and Animation: Side-By-Side Comparison

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Animating a feature-length film is a daunting task. But if anyone has perfected the process, it’s Disney. From Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937, to this year’s hit Finding Dory—Disney has been putting out incredible works of animation for nearly 80 years.

As someone who has never successfully animated anything ever, the whole technique seems like magic. It all starts as an idea that eventually forms into a script. There’s all kinds of stuff that happens in the middle, and then voila! A finished product. Right?

The “stuff” that happens in the middle—that’s arguably the most interesting part. It’s so rare that the general public has an opportunity to see the work that goes into a final animated product. The hours of storyboarding and sketching and coloring (that sometimes totals up to 50,000 individual images) go unnoticed. Until Something like this gets released:

Incredible work Disney. Keep it coming!


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