Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Oscar, Corrina & Co



I just returned from a trip to San Francisco. The fabulous Walt Disney Family Museum invited me to co present the visual development of the classic film "Bambi". It was a lot of fun.
I want to give you some information about this beautiful museum in my next post.

In the meantime, here are a few character designs I did just a few years ago at Disney for a project that was eventually shelved. 
The story was set in London, and house pets were the main characters. I don't recall all that much about the story, but a neighborhood pet went missing, and so a large cat named Oscar and a cockatoo named Corrina went on a mission to solve the mystery. On their quest they would encounter a variety of animals, some of which would offer some help to those two, others not so much.
I enjoyed exploring these animal types.













UPDATE: Check out Hans Bacher's fantastic color environment studies for this film:

http://one1more2time3.wordpress.com/2013/09/24/down-the-drain/

32 comments:

  1. This is great! Someone please convince Disney to pull this back off the shelf, and make a movie out of it. Andreas, I hope you get to be the director of animation if they do! ;)

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  2. They are all great but 'Erwin' is my favourite. Yep, wonderful stuff!

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  3. Welcome back, new post are surely waited. Awesome and so funny characters! And how superb drawn :D Especially Mr Bailey and Erwin! What great expressions. Loved to see those animated.

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  4. I loved Sam. For its gestures you can image a graspy and funny voice. Were those made in watercolor and ink? Thanks for the post!

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    1. I made these with ink and magic markers. You can get a sort of watercolor look with them.

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  5. Beautiful variation of line weight. There's a lot to be learned by looking at these drawings.

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  6. These are absolutely fantastic. I've only ever seen a couple of bits of animation that used ink and watercolour in the final footage, and I think it looks great, I really wish there was more, especially after seeing these!

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  7. Incredible, Andreas! When that project was cancelled?

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  8. Amazing stuff... I love Sam's cheek lines... I noticed that in your animation, for example in climax of "The Lion King", when Scar shows the hyenas to Simba and says "They thing I'M King" , the cheek lines go beyond the face to emphasize "King"...great stuff!

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  9. Just looking at the pictures I'm already seeing potential for what personality these characters could have had. I especially love Sam with that big sloppy tongue. :D

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  10. Great designs! Was this by any chance the 'Fraidy Cat' project?

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    1. This this project can't turn into a feature, maybe it CAN turn into something else, like a children's book.

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  11. tell how to do like this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  12. tell how to do like this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  13. Absolutely amazing characters, congratulations Andreas!

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  14. I'd like to see fun, quality, TRADITIONAL animation back on the big screen. I still haven't completely put my finger on what the problem is. I can only speak as a fan. I'm not sure if recent attempts have failed because of poor stories, or what? The product is still fantastic. I remember like yesterday watching Tarzan in the theater and just thinking, this is the apex of it all. Brilliant film. I could never have imagined that we can't get these films to the theaters anymore! Thanks for keeping our hopes alive, Andreas. Good stuff.

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  15. Andreas thanks for creating this space to share your knowledge I admire how much do you know about animation, your work is inspiring.
    I want to be an animator and I'm trying to get everything that I can from everywhere. Do you have any advice that stuck with you or maybe something that helped you in your life?
    Thanks a lot:)

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  17. If I recall correctly, "Fraidy Cat", was canned during the Eisner era because it was deemed too 'unconventional' for a Disney film. Still, I would have loved to have seen it, if it had actually saw the light of day, especially since Clements and Musker were set to direct.

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  18. Musker and Clements: my heroes!

    Your animal designs are fabulous, as are those Hans Bacher bgs. Thanks for giving us the link.

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  19. Amazing ! Thanks for sharing this . Hans' backgrounds are awesome too .

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  20. Another cancelled project because the studio management was eager to do anything but a Disney film. It's almost as though they had distain for anything created by the Old Maestro. I knew my career at Disney was over. Apparently, the careers of many others would soon be over as well.

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  23. Thanks for these. I've always been fascinated by this project; it always sounded like it would have been a lot of fun. It's a shame it got shelved.

    That duck is really fantastic...

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