The Little Black Book interviewed some of our team members on our work on Disney’s feature “Disenchanted.” They include Laura Montero Plata (Production Manager), Justine Desmarais (character animator & character designer), Magdalena Demas (Production Coordinator), and myself.
Animation Magazine interviewed Simon Pope and I on the production of Disenchanted. The article is titled How Tonic DNA Sprinkled 2D Animation Magic into Disney’s ‘Disenchanted’
As in the original, Disenchanted crosses the line from live action to animation, requiring the services of an animation studio — and animators — to bring key parts of the movie to life. With a script in hand and director Shankman on board, Disney turned to Montreal-based Tonic DNA, where the project was overseen by creative director Todd Shaffer and animation supervisor Simon Pope.
“They came to us with already some preconceived ideas of how they wanted to approach it,” says Shaffer. “We wanted that classic Disney style, but we also wanted to honor what was done with Enchanted, which was just really good for the time … we were just basically trying to follow their lead.”
Teaser trailer for one of the songs from Prodigal the Musical, which is still in production. This song features Jeff Kready (Les Miserables, A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder, Billy Elliot) and music composed by Romano Musumarra.
I recently launched a new instructional website called Story Driven Arts, which currently features a new podcast and video reviews of animation for animators. The site is aimed at the arts as a storytelling medium, including animation, film, and images.