Fairytale Artwork by Cory Godbey
The artwork is such a deviation from Pixar’s previous films, yet at the same time it’s a little similar to Disney’s Tangled. I’m really curious about this now since it’s Pixar’s first official fairy-tale adaptation.
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This hauntingly beautiful mood piece is Hiroyasu Ishida’s graduation film project at Kyoto Seika University. The pacing is a bit slow but the music, coupled with the rain is quite lovely. A few scenes are reminiscent of Castle in the Sky, so if you’re a fan of Hayao Miyazaki’s work then you’ll enjoy this short.
In this town, since who knows when, rain has never stopped.
Residents moved out to suburbs and high ground around
People’s memories are now deeply submerged.
But into this forgotten rainy town
sometimes, someone wanders.
I’m not going to lie — I’ve been excited about this movie ever since I first heard about it back in 2007 when the very first concept art was released. There was just something so old-school-Disney and magical about it that I immediately fell in love with it.
Back then, in 2007, the visual concept for Disney’s Tangled resembled very much like highly sought after oil paintings done by some of the greatest painters known to date. The style, the use of colors, shading and texture are nothing like what Disney has done before:
There’s something very distinctly European about it. The lighting, dreamy quality of it, the romance… it’s like a breath of fresh air after so many years of CG animation. I thought to myself, “Finally!! Disney is going back to its roots and is doing what it does best!!”
Director Glen Keane developed a new look for this computer animated film, which is said to look and feel more like a traditional hand-drawn Disney Classic, but in 3D. Apparently the film uses a non-photorealistic rendering technique which will make the surface look like it is painted but still containing depth and dimensions. The movie’s visual style is being based on French Rococo artist Jean-Honore Fragonard’s painting “The Swing”.
The painting that’s being referred to, by the way, is this one:
So for comparison:
Growing up with Disney movies, what I’ve always loved and anticipated with each new release, is finding out what sort of drawing/animation style are they going to use. Look back to each and every princess movie that Disney has produced and you’ll see that the style is dramatically different from one another — Sleeping Beauty is still my favorite.
Anyways, as the months went on during the production process, the style was changed ever so slightly but the movie was still in 2D and the images became much more colorful than the first batch:
So how do you think I reacted when I found out they went back to the predictable CG route?
Yeps… precisely as the above =___=;; It made me wanna sit the execs. down and grill them on why they would do such a thing…
Haha… Okay, so that was slightly over-exaggerated but I really am a bit disappointed with their decision. Granted, I’d watch it regardless anyways, but I wish they’d realize that a lot of people actually miss the classic 2D Disney princess movies.
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So what do you think? Which style do you prefer: oil painting, colorful classic 2D Disney, or the current CG version?
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Don’t miss out on Part 1&3!