Disney Behind the Scenes: The Making of Get A Horse #DisneyFrozenEvent
I’ve been gushing about my trip to LA and the experience that I had behind the scenes at Disney and part of that experience included spending some time at the Disney Animation Studios getting to meet the amazing teams of people that create the magic. One of my favorites was the team that created Get A Horse! which is a wonderful animated short that you will see at the beginning of the movie Frozen, and it is unlike any short that you have ever seen before!
Our interview included Get A Horse! Director Lauren MacMullan (“The Simpsons”) and her co-heads of Animation, Legendary Disney artist Eric Goldberg (“Aladdin,” “Pocahontas”) and talented CG animator Adam Green (“Tangled,” “Wreck-It Ralph”). What a fun team! They not only explained to us the long process of creating and developing this short, but they also gave us detailed demonstrations of both the hand-drawn and computer animation they created for the short.
*spoiler alert* I will discuss a few things about the short that you might want to wait and see for yourself, although I did keep my descriptions really vague and hopefully just hinted at things… to see the true awesomeness you really need to see this for yourself for sure!
At first glance, this short is a vintage clip of Mickey and his friends on one of their adventures. Oh! But it is really SO much more! This short is a huge tribute to the past and present of Disney and this entire short was recreated in modern times, to “look” vintage. And my very favorite tidbit about this short is that they actually used Walt Disney’s voice as Mickey in this totally NEW short. How did they do that? It took between three and four month to do it, but the team pieced together bits and pieces of Walt from old Mickey voice clips from 1928 to 1946, and they were able to recreate all of Mickey’s speaking parts except for ONE word, the word: red. They could not find this word anywhere in old transcripts, so using teeny-tiny fragments of his voice, they were able to make the word red. And it sounds just as normal as all of the others … isn’t technology amazing? I can’t help but think that even the dreamer of all dreamers himself, Walt Disney, would be blown away by all that they can do now. (actually..he probably expected all of this awesomeness to come to be!)
I don’t want to spoil this for you if you haven’t already seen it yet, so I won’t way too much more, but this short is a brilliant creation that brings together two totally different eras. As I watched it, I imagined that those who grew up watching Mickey in black and white would enjoy seeing how far that Mickey has come, and I know that my children loved seeing Mickey as he once was. The entire process of characters literally jumping back and forth in time is incredible!
As part of this experience, we had the opportunity to do some “cartooning” with Disney artist Eric Goldberg. He is amazing and he draws as if its as natural as breathing, and it was fascinating to watch. He taught us how to draw Pete… and as you can see, I will not be hired anytime soon, but I had a lot of fun trying:
Make sure to go see Frozen, and pay special attention to Get A Horse! so that you can appreciate the amazing amount of work, time and research that went into bringing something decades forward in time to be appreciated and admired!
I would love for you to read my review of the movie Frozen, and my round up of Disney Frozen merchandise, my recap of my day at the Disney Animation Studios, my experience on the red (errr white) carpet at the world premiere of Frozen, and check out my interview with Kristen Bell (the voice of Anna!) also make sure to follow all of the Frozen excitement:
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A a very, very special thank you to the folks at Disney for this wonderful and once in a life time opportunity that I will NEVER forget!