Mickey in 3-D

It’s a bizarre day indeed when the Disney 2003 Annual Report arrives in the mail and the Mickey on the cover has an enormous inflated head. We are getting our report late, it’s true, it’s been sitting around for two months in Atlanta with Scott’s parents.

Now Mickey has gone through some legitimate design changes. But the transition of Mickey into 3-D has been a bumpy ride, with lots of unintentional off-model mishaps. This article from VFX is a must-see for the pictures alone. One animator’s comment that the 3-D versions of the characters “look like the huge, rigid models of Disney characters that used to be posed up by the ceilings of Disney Stores” is right on the mark.

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