I, like most people who’ve been born in the last 70+ years, grew up on Disney. Cinderella, Peter Pan, 101 Dalmations, and later The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast and the Lion King, just to name a very few. Even the ones that didn’t involve magic had something magical about them. Disney was the main factor in my decision to go into the animation industry, and I had two major goals when I started: Work on a Batman or comic-book related movie, and work on an animated feature film.
By the time I got out of school, traditional animation was pretty much dead in the water. I got into the visual effects side of things, and before long was able to work on The Incredible Hulk. One goal accomplished, one to go. But I wasn’t sure if I’d ever get the chance to work on an animated film. Through a series of events and setbacks and good fortune, I wound up at Disney last year. It was incredible to be in the same building that so many amazing movies had been created in.
After working on an animated short, I was able to work on Tangled. I didn’t know it when I started, but Tangled is Disney’s 50th animated feature film. It’s a huge accomplishment, and I’m grateful and humbled to be a part of that legacy. Tangled finally came out yesterday, and I’m so excited for people to see it. All biases aside, it’s one of my favorite Disney movies. It has all the heart, laughs, adventure, and yes, magic, that have been synonymous with Disney at its best. I hope people go and see it. I want people to see that the Disney magic we grew up with is alive and well. I want them to believe in fairy tales again.
This video will be playing in front of Tangled, and shows a clip of each of Disney’s 50 animated films. It’s definitely worth a watch. Happy Thanksgiving!