Category Archives: traditional animation

The Art of Andreas Deja at the Walt Disney Family Museum (Mar 23, 2017 – Oct 4, 2017)

Explore the dynamic work of one of the most accomplished and versatile character animators of our time: Andreas Deja. This unique exhibition showcases original works on paper and maquettes of Deja’s most iconic Disney characters, from menacing villains Scar and Jafar and larger-than-life muscle men Gaston and Hercules, to the much beloved Mama Odie and […]

“Moana” Animation Tests by Randy Haycock

From Randy Haycock’s YouTube Channel: A traditionally animated character exploration test. I was showing how Moana should play with her hair. This is very difficult to do in CG, but we wanted it to be a part of her character. Another Moana test showing how her hair should move in the wind. A Moana test […]

Don’t Forget: Fall Festival Submission Deadline is November 1st

Mel Shaw: An Animator on Horseback

The Walt Disney Family Museum is pleased to present Mel Shaw: An Animator on Horseback. Open from January 13 to September 12, 2016, this exhibition is the first-ever retrospective of the life and work of Disney Legend Mel Shaw (1914–2012)—an artist and storyteller whose skills were in demand by the icons of Hollywood, from Orson […]

Animation Profile: Danielle Johnson

At the beginning of the semester, the “Fantastic Five Females in Traditional Animation” series was intended to feature five recent female graduate students who have completed their MFA degrees in Traditional Animation. It seems that a sixth student has been sneakily applying to film festivals and has won a number of them. Our Secret Sixth […]

Hippo Funk!

Aaron Blaise posted his Hippo Pose/Model Sheet up on Facebook back in August 2015. Yesterday, he posted up his “Hippo Funk Dance” with the description: “I’ve finally finished my dancing Hippo animation. I’ll be using this animation for two upcoming tutorials, one on animating to music and it will also be part of my upcoming […]

Animation Profile: Kendra Williford

Our second “Animation Profile” features Kendra Williford. Williford recently graduated in Spring 2015 with the completion of her film, Leonid in Space. Within these few months, her short has been selected into 9 film festivals with awards and merits. Why an MFA degree in 2D/Traditional Animation & Stop Motion at AAU? I have loved 2 […]

AAU Online grad Justin Murphy develops animated feature film , “Dawgtown”

One of my former students, Justin Murphy, continues to develop his independent animated feature film , “Dawgtown”.   The film began life as Justin’s MFA thesis project at AAU.    The film is 100% Storyboarded and an animatic has been prepared for the entire film.  Test animation has been made for certain key sequences.  The film is […]

Animation Profile: Tina Hsu

Our first “Animation Profile” features Tina Hsu. Last year, Hsu’s LADY and the frog was the 1st Place Winner for 2D Animation Short Film (Full Color) at the annual Spring Show 2014. Since the completion of her film, LADY and the frog has screened in 27 domestic and international film festivals. While Hsu currently works […]

“Nephtali” by Glen Keane

In “Nephtali”, Glen Keane uses both film and drawing in order to depict the journey of a ballerina that is drawn towards a higher power.