“Drawn To Life” will combine original animation with live performances


Cirque du Soleil’s new show ‘Drawn To Life’ is finally coming to Disney Springs in Walt Disney World. With the new show comes a new approach that merges original pencil tests, new animation and live performances to create a stunning new show.

This new show is a collaboration between Cirque du Soleil, Walt Disney Animation and Walt Disney Imagineering. But what’s exciting for me is seeing them bring in seasoned animators and once again focusing on the declining art of 2D animation.

Drawn to Life celebrates Disney’s extraordinary legacy in the art of animation, from early pencil sketches to feature films today. Classic Disney Animation characters and moments are reinterpreted through Cirque du Soleil’s innovative design, acrobatic performances, dazzling choreography and creative costumes, as well as an original score inspired by timeless Disney music.

For the YouTube teaser, they have Eric Goldberg, a veteran director, designer and animator who worked on Genie for ‘Disney’s Aladdin’ in 1990, explaining how they combine rare pencil test animation with new traditionally animated segments to create a breathtaking visual and thrilling spectacle.

The inauguration of the show “Drawn to Life presented by Cirque du Soleil and Disney” will take place in about two weeks, on November 18th.

On a personal note, Disney and other companies really need to go out of their way to preserve the legacy and craftsmanship of 2D animation. When they needed it for Mary Poppins’ return, they had to call the old guard back to do the streak. 3D animation and 2D animation are similar but very different.

Each has their strengths and weaknesses, but both are important and losing one would be devastating.

Hope this reinforces the need for 2D animators in the future.

What do you think? Comment and let us know!

Source: Disney Parks Blog

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