Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros

Scene 11:
Rough Animation (click to play)


Cleanup Animation (click to play)


Scene 16E:
Rough Animation (click to play)


Cleanup Animation (click to play)


Self test:
Rough Animation (unfinished; click to play)


 

  • Client: Disney/EPCOT / Cartoons in the Basement (Director: Eric Goldberg)
  • Work Performed: Animation, Cleanup Animation
  • Project Date: 2006

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It was an honor to do two scenes for “Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros,” an installation in EPCOT’s Mexico pavilion based on Disney’s 1944 classic “The Three Caballeros.” It was pretty daunting as well—I’d never attempted to rough animate any Disney characters before this, and these scenes would be playing dozens of times a day and seen by hundreds of people a week for an indefinite period. (Gulp.)

Fortunately, Eric was very gracious in guiding me while I worked on these scenes. He suggested I watch the original Ward Kimball sequence over and over to try to catch a sense of the manic acting and timing required for this project.

Scene 11 Rough Animation for Disney/EPCOT “Gran Fiesta Tour starring The Three Caballeros” (click to play)

Scene 16E Rough Animation for Disney/EPCOT “Gran Fiesta Tour starring The Three Caballeros” (click to play)

 
And, after approving my rough animation, Eric apparently had enough faith in me to ask that I clean up my work on both scenes. (Double gulp.)
 
Again — this was my first professional experience with any of the classic Disney characters, and in the beginning clean up phases of my first scene, I kind of felt like I might actually foul up my own rough animation by rethinking and overdoing it. It wasn’t easy, but I found the solution was to mentally disassociate myself from my own earlier work and simply pretend someone else did the rough animation. After a while it made for an amusing little mind-screw, and Eric proved to be a wonderful mentor by giving me a number of Disney “tried and true” tips to guide me in my efforts.

Scene 11 Cleanup Animation for Disney/EPCOT “Gran Fiesta Tour starring The Three Caballeros” (Effects Animation by Joey Mildenberger; click to play)

Scene 16E Cleanup Animation for Disney/EPCOT “Gran Fiesta Tour starring The Three Caballeros” (click to play)

 
Later, during a bit of downtime on “The Simpsons Movie,” I took the rough layouts for another scene from this project and planned out a quick “Three Caballeros” personal test. I extended the scene slightly from its original pre-timed length and again tried to make it as Kimball-y as possible. I also added three levels of effects, which brought the total levels of rough animation to six and therefore accounts for the relative darkness of this pencil test. (I shot all the levels at home on a now-defunct copy stand with sub-par lights.)

“Gran Fiesta Tour starring The Three Caballeros” Unfinished Self Test (click to play)

 
I animated this scene in my spare time over the space of two-and-a-half weeks, and it remains unfinished.

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