Visiting the hat building this morning, I got a taste of fresh Disney product ...
The flat-screen monitors in the lobby hallway have a big chunk of unfinished animation (and by unfinished, I mean that there's no lighting,texturing, or finaling.) Upstairs an animator said:
"We're working fifty-hour weeks, but it'd be nice to know what we're doing next.
"I think the picture is pretty good. It's a lot like a Broadway musical, like the features from the early nineties. Songs are good ..."
I have no idea about the overall quality of the feature, but from the finaled shots I've seen on first-floor computer screens, the art direction is gorgeous.
Downstairs in the big, first-floor theater, Diz Co. was showing the 3-D version Beauty and the Beast to employees. I snuck in the back with polarized glasses and stood against a wall taking it in.
The Three Dee works like gangbusters. Subtle, compelling, it doesn't look like some kind of cheesy add-on technology at all. (Hand-drawn dimensional features can be effective.) The entire picture is done, but won't be released until 2011.