***Disclosure: I’m attending The #LittleMermaidEvent . My flight, lodgings, and expenses were covered by Disney. All opinions are 100% mine. Images provided by Disney ***
One of the most exciting places I’ve ever been to is the Disney Animation Research Library. Before you start wondering why, let me explain. The Disney Animation Research Library has a lot of secrecy around it and if your lucky enough to get a tour you leave being totally inspired. Your surrounded by ORIGINAL artwork from some of the greatest films out there. Animators working on a new movie, researchers, etc. can come in and view artwork for new bonus features, rides in parks, art installments, and even some of the Disney Resorts. So you can see why it’s perfect for those working on a Disney project. The people working her are working to catalog everything digitally and also work on preserving everything. One thing you notice is everyone is wearing gloves and it’s kept super chilly inside. You can see cels, figures, art, sketches, etc. Now enough talking from me I know you want a sneak peek inside!
Now check out Original Concept Art from Little Mermaid
I love concept art. For instance did you know Ariel was originally going to be a blonde? See this and some of the first Ursula shots below: