Thursday, 1 August 2019

Dream On Silly Dreamer

Dream On Silly Dreamer is now available at YouTube - anyone interested in the history of the Disney Studio should watch this film to see how the magic of the Disney Renaissance came about. It's also a window into the making of traditional 2D animation.

Disney Golden Age
Dream On Silly Dreamer is a 2005 American documentary film directed by Dan Lund and produced by Tony West.  Lund and West were both special effects animators at Walt Disney Feature Animation, and the film chronicles the rise and fall of traditional animation at The Walt Disney Company from 1980 to 2005.

My own contribution to Disney in those years was to work on Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988), Rollercoaster Rabbit (1990), The Lion King (1994) and Pocahontas (1995).

It was a golden age at the Disney Studios, when the films kept on getting better and success at the box office followed, incentivising the studio bosses to invest in more and better animated films.

Many of Disney's greatest animators are interviewed in the film, including Andreas Deja, lead animator on Scar, whose team I was lucky enough to work on during my time on Lion King.

Dream On Silly Dreamer is a nostalgic film, and in parts it feels like a bit of whinge about changing technology, but overall it's a fascinating insight into what was right - and wrong - about Disney in the late 80s and early 90s.

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