Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Inner Struggle: See Footage from 'Inner Workings'

Walt Disney Animation Studios' Inner Workings, the short that will be attached to this fall's Moana, is making the rounds at the Toronto International Film Festival.

In speaking with Toronto's CP24, director Leo Matsuda and producer Sean Lurietalked about the story, and they showed... Some footage!

The CG side of the film is some of Walt Disney Animation Studios' oddest work to date, and that's great! The use of 2D and other styles for the heart and brain is quite exciting too, making it unlike the more recent Disney Animation shorts. Rest easy, it's not another love story. It looks like it'll be very clever, funny, and gorgeous to look at.

I just hope that shorts like these pave the way for Disney Animation films that experiment with bold styles again. Remember how, in the 90s/00s, we got stylized things like Hercules and Atlantis sitting cheek-and-jowl with things like The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Tarzan? Walt's career had all kinds of visual styles: The European storybook-influenced look of Snow White and Pinocchio, the more abstract works like Fantasia, Dumbo and The Three Caballeros, the Mary Blair aesthetic that dominated most of the 50s films, the scratchy Xerox look of the 60s, Bambi's stunning naturalism, and Sleeping Beauty's one-of-a-kind art direction. I'd like to see WDAS' CG do that, really push some boundaries with character designs and art direction.

Either way, it's good to have a first look at this thing in motion.

What say you?

1 comment:

  1. I've been saying this for months, but I think a Mickey Mouse film should be done in the Meander technique.