Thursday, April 9, 2009

Disney conspiracy!

This video, entitled "Disney only ever made one movie, and they've been tracing it ever since", has been doing the rounds in animation circles for years, but I hadn't seen it online til now:

It's an interesting piece of video - and if you know your Disney, you can see that the practice of reusing animation sequences seems to have become more common during the lean financial years after "Uncle" Walt died.

That's not to say it's all a big conspiracy, however... At least a few of those scenes are deliberate copies - animators paying tribute to their forebears. What's more, in the days before motion capture, Disney artists used a technique called Rotoscoping - tracing over live-action film, frame-by-frame, to capture movement. With limited resources, they likely reused the same pieces of footage as reference points from time to time.

Some people have commented that this "spoils" and "devalues" Disney's old movies. I can't really see how it changes anything about them - the stories, songs and characters are as good (or bad) as they ever were. And there's a certain value in these old skills and techniques having been passed down through the years.

What do you think?

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