Tuesday, August 21, 2012

" Princess Academy ", a great animated short ...that never was

Three years ago Olivier Ciappa and David Kawena, two talented artist had created for Disney a short animation project called Princess Academy, a fun tribute to all Disney princesses. As Olivier Ciappa is saying "We wanted to create a very artistic, classy but also very funny hand drawn short. Eight times Academy Award winning composer, Alan Menken was very excited about the project and agreed to work on it the moment we would have green light from the studio.

After months working on it, with hundreds and hundreds of storyboards and concept art, the Disney Animation hand drawn studios closed its doors. So there was no point for us to even show that project. I believe this image shows very well the mixture of artistic, high standard and humor of the project. Hope you will like it".

For sure we do like the artwork, Olivier and David! It looks like a great idea for an animated short and it's indeed very unfortunate that it didn't worked. John Lasseter is probably already aware of the project but if anyone at Pixar is reading this article thanks to forward to him this article!

Artwork: copyright Olivier Ciappa and David Kawena


Tom said...

Great that this has never been made, it sounds and looks awful...

The "drawing" looks good, even the harp from Fun and Fancy Free is on it, that's cool.

The Hyacinth Hippo is not a drwaing in fact, it's a picture of the Walt Disney Classics Collection figurine (I have it here and it's 100% this figurine...).

Thanks for the update though :)

Marco Antonio Garcia said...

I think that the drawing looks very nice! Just don't know why it would be called "Princess Academy". I would name it something like "Disney Heroines Academy", since half the characters in it are not princesses.

And I'm almost sure that the Hippo is a drawing. It's only in the same pose as the WDCC figure, which, like all WDCC figures, is perfectly done, but I don't think that it's a picture of it.

Anonymous said...

Who is the centaur one and the one with wings?

Anonymous person said...

Im kind of sad that this was never made it sounds and looks like it could have been a pretty cool short

Jaszita said...

A centaur is a creature that is half man ( or woman ) half horse.