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    Disney ' The Ballad of Nessie' short



    Walt Disney Pictures has officially announced that the upcoming short film, 'The Ballad of Nessie' will premiere before 'Winnie the Pooh' opening in theaters on July 15th. The official synopsis is as follows:

    Set in the “bonny blue highlands” of Scotland, “The Ballad of Nessie” is a whimsical and colorful tall tale about the friendly Loch Ness monster, Nessie, and how she and her best friend MacQuack the rubber duck came to live in the moor they now call home. Setting the adventure into motion is a greedy land developer named MacFroogle, who decides to build a mini-golf empire on top of Nessie’s home.



    Directed by the Emmy® Award-winning team of Stevie Wermers-Skelton and Kevin Deters (“Prep & Landing,” and the 2007 Goofy short “How to Hook Up Your Home Theater”), “The Ballad of Nessie” is animated in classic Disney hand-drawn style. Written by Wermers-Skelton, Deters and Regina Conroy, the film is produced by Dorothy McKim and Tamara Boutcher, and features a musical score by Oscar®-winning composer Michael Giacchino (“Ratatouille,” “Up”).

    Animation on “Nessie” was supervised by five of Disney’s top talents: Andreas Deja, Mark Henn, Randy Haycock, Dale Baer and Ruben A. Aquino.

    Scottish comedian Billy Connolly narrates the film.

    Read more: First Images From The Ballad of Nessie - ComingSoon.net http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=75249#ixzz1Gc6nIqrw



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    Re: Disney ' The Ballad of Nessie' short

    Hopefully this actually happens. There has not been a very good track record with getting the new shorts out to the public.

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    Re: Disney ' The Ballad of Nessie' short

    More details on this new short from WDAS' Matthew Manners, a 2d EFX Animator/3d Character Animator who worked on it:

    This short film is based off of Stevie’s (one of the directors) ideas she had come up with while back at CalArts I believe. The style is meant to be flat. The character animation was traditionally done on paper as well as the cleanup.

    The effects were done using Toon Boom and were drawn on Cintiq’s the same way we did all of the effects on PATF (The Princess and the Frog). All ink and paint and comp was done in Toon Boom as well. I even used maya (3d) on a couple of shots but you would never know it by the way it was treated in Toon Boom.

    I believe Joe Mildenberger (2d efx) used After Effects with Toon Boom for one of the sequences with art direction based of Lorelay Bove’s work. Dan Lund set up the look of the effects with some scenes he did.

    It is a simple story and the style is simply done. Not everything needs all the bells and whistles. Enjoy the animation and enjoy the story from this film. Both go hand in hand and neither one of them tries to overshadow the other.

    This film was completed at the end of PATF and was a nice way to roll of a very busy film. Andy Harkness was the art director and was so great to work with as was everyone at Disney. People who dont work there or never have need to find out facts before they bash on a place. Does Disney have its problems, yes but at the same time it employs some of the most amazing people and I believe in time things will get to where they should be at Disney.
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    Re: Disney ' The Ballad of Nessie' short

    There's a couple of screenshots in this thread at Ultimate Disney:
    DVDizzy.com / UltimateDisney.com Forum :: View topic - The Ballad of Nessie

    Looks good.

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    Re: Disney ' The Ballad of Nessie' short

    Looks promising . . . wonder if Nessie is related to the reluctant Dragon and wondering if Nessie is male or female . . .

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    Re: Disney ' The Ballad of Nessie' short

    I like this, I hope Disney does this with all there animated movies....and maybe even one day See Mickey Mouse back on the big screen

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    Re: Disney ' The Ballad of Nessie' short

    Quote Originally Posted by Aladdin View Post
    Looks promising . . . wonder if Nessie is related to the reluctant Dragon . . .
    i thought that too. and it looks like there's some Mary Blair inspiration on the backgrounds as well.

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    Re: Disney ' The Ballad of Nessie' short

    A couple of new stills and some fabulous new 'Nessie' images from the great Visual Development department at Walt Disney Animation Studios -

    check them out at:

    Exclusive: First Look at Disney's The Ballad of Nessie - ComingSoon.net
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    Re: Disney ' The Ballad of Nessie' short

    Here in the States, we have to wait until 15 July, but WINNIE THE POOH, Walt Disney Animation Studios' 51st feature, is now playing in Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, and the UK! We hope you folks enjoy the show, which includes our newest short, "The Ballad of Nessie" - and wait until the end of the credits! (Don't spoil the surprise for everyone else!)
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    Re: Disney ' The Ballad of Nessie' short



    poster art by Lorelay Bové/Walt Disney Animation Studios
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    Re: Disney ' The Ballad of Nessie' short

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    Re: Disney ' The Ballad of Nessie' short

    Exactly! All of her work just brims with charm and such wonderful and fun use of color and composition.
    http://micechat.com/forums/features/...elay-bove.html

    The official book, illustrated by 'Nessie' Art Director WDAS' Andy Harkness is on sale now:

    Amazon.com: The Ballad of Nessie (9781423122180): Kieran Lachlan, Andy Harkness: Books
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    Re: Disney ' The Ballad of Nessie' short

    I've only just heard about this short, but the stills and poster art look really charming in an old-fashioned way. For that alone, it seems like this is a perfect fit with Winnie the Pooh. (And Billy Connolly is a great choice for narrator. I always get a kick of out listening to him in the few Disney movies he's been part of.)
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    Re: Disney ' The Ballad of Nessie' short

    7/13

    I saw both 'Winnie The Pooh' and 'The Ballad of Nessie' at a screening last night with a nearly packed family-filled audience, the perfect match for this fabulous new pair. The 'Nessie' short is darling and a wonderful throwback to the studio's first animation golden age. Narrated by Billy Connolly with his fullest Scottish accent we're whisked into a very unique environment with funny and terrifically- designed characters and even an in-house shout out . Such a treat to finally see this long-gestating short up on the big screen.

    'Winnie The Pooh' is a wonder as well. A surprising combination of real warmth, humor and childhood nostalgia. The hand-drawn animation is a glorious thing to behold and a true tribute to the "Nine Old Men" who animated and directed the first Disney Pooh film. A terrific nod as well to the co-directors Stephen Anderson and Don Hall for giving us a modern Pooh that doesn't stray to far from our memories of the earlier films. Andrea Deja's Tigger is a hoot and a half, especially coming from the big cat master that gave life to Scar in 'The Lion King'. I'm sure it's not lost on him that his hero Disney Legend Milt Kahl animated both Tigger and 'The Jungle Book's Shere Kahn. Art Director Paul Felix bathes us in a gorgeous, lush 100 Acre Woods unlike any seen on screen before. In some scenes it almost threatens to overtake the characters with the sheer lovliness surrounding them. The songs are fun and bouncy not unlike the characters. My favorite was the Busby Berkeley-esque 'Everything is Honey' song sequence directed by Eric Goldberg. As he did with 'Almost There' in 'The Princess and the Frog' Goldberg manages to create a separate film-within-a-film showstopper that still fits nicely with the overall experience.

    Can't wait to see it again when it opens this weekend.
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