Making Disney Movies: A Manual and Tedious Process

In the 30s and the 40s, Disney movies had artists and animators manually working on sketches and colouring. Drawings were redrawn with every changing movement, with originally created colours mixed and put on the animated characters, creating authentic effects.

Some movies, like Sleeping Beauty, required nearly a million drawings, followed by a tedious colouring process.

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  • Xeroxing mechanised the tracing process, leading to some deterioration from the movies made manually. The outlines were harsher, and it was met with a mixed response initially, before getting fine-tuned.
  • Artists felt that with each manual tracing, the drawing loses some of its life, and xeroxing retains the firmness of the art.
  • The Movie 101 Dalmatians could be really hard to make without xeroxing, as animating a hundred puppies manually would have taken forever!
101 Dalmatians: 1961 Animated Movie

In 101 Dalmatians, Disney’s animation department pioneered the Xerox technology developed in the 1940s, completely changing the animation process and reducing the manual labour work consisting of hours of tedious redrawing by animators.

Xeroxing copied the drawings on transparent celluloid sheets, instead of having the artists redraw them thousands of times.

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The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.

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Do you prefer to just keep swimming or whistle while you work? If you recognize these phrases, you are likely raised on Disney.

The Little Mermaid first came out 30 years ago and shortly after were released on home video. Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Lion King, Pocahontas, and the first two Toy Story movies followed in the 90s and were also released on video a year after their cinema release.

These home videos exposed kids repeatedly to Disney's cocktail of morality, stereotypes, and magic, and is bound to have an impact.

Did Disney shape how you see the world?

Disneyland: The beginning

The story of our all time favourite amusement park started back in 1953 when Walt Disney presented his idea to build the biggest amusement park ever to his previous employee, the illustrator Herb Ryman. In order to be able to build this amazing park, Disney began raising money by means of advertising, helped by his brother Roy.

  • The very first to be created was the castle.
  • The second most important element was the train, which was supposed to surround all the creation.
  • A third feature referred to the fact that every single attraction had to be unique.

The park was opened only two years after the initial drawing and was going to be aired by American Broadcasting Company in the 'largest live TV special yet produced'.

The history of Disneyland: How Walt Disney created the 'Happiest Place on Earth'

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