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Where the Wild Things Are early Disney CG animation test

by on July 16, 2009


In 1983, right after the success of the original Tron movie, Disney experimented further with CG animation.  Not satisfied with the results of complete CG rendering (remember, this was 1983) they instead opted for a hybrid approach of CG environments with hand-drawn foregrounds.

This is a vintage clip from 1983, of an early CG animation test they did over at Disney, when they owned the rights to Where The Wild Things Are. This showcases the combining of traditional hand drawn 2D animation, with then-state-of-the-art 3D computer animation. This is absolutely remarkable for the time, and is quite eerie in a way. The test was directed by John Lasseter, who went on to direct and produce most of the Pixar films. If he only knew! Other than this, Disney never utilized the rights they had for Wild Things, and eventually lost them.

For 1983, it’s some amazing work.  See the video after the break.

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