While in Anaheim for D23 Expo 2015, I had the chance to interview the animators behind the Walt Disney Short Films Collection. The collection is available today and it’s full of amazing short films that explore an amazing range of stories and adventures through a variety of animation styles and techniques! I’ve got 10 things that you might not know about the collection!
Disney Short Films Collection – 10 Things You Didn’t Know
Disney animators get their inspiration from everywhere — from the people around them, other animators, stories they know, and even things like tall tales and lesser known fairy tales!
The Walt Disney Short Films Collection has an amazing variety of stories so there is really something for everyone in this collection. But check out the fun facts I learned during my interview with the directors and producers of some of the shorts!
- In Get a Horse everything is 100% authentic Walt Disney, even his voice. They had to pull from the library of his voice to find the sounds to create him saying the word red because the word wasn’t in the library!
- Frozen Fever was inspired by the idea of exploring another side of Elsa.
- Shorts are often used to test out new technologies and to scout for new directors for larger projects.
- Shorts take different lengths of time. Some as short as 5 months and some as long as 18 months. It takes about a year on average.
- Shorts are general a maximum of 7-8 minutes. But there’s no definite rule. The goal is to tell the complete story in a short time. John Henry is 10 minutes long but that’s not the norm!
- Anyone can pitch an idea. John Lasseter offers the opportunities and if the idea is selected, the creator of the idea gets to work on the project as an production assistant!
- There may be some merchandise coming later after the release of the collection.
- Just like larger features, animators do research. Research trips for John Henry, watching tango dancers for Lorenzo, and even digging into the Disney archives for Get a Horse!
- Get a Horse is all new, not archived footage. Watch for an Easter Egg — Oswald!
- Frozen Fever also has a Disney Easter Egg — are you a Big Hero 6 fan? There’s also an Easter Egg in Frozen that no one has found yet!
The Walt Disney Short Films Collection features the following short films:
- Frozen Fever
- Get a Horse!
- Tangled Ever After
- The Ballad of Nessie
- Prep & Landing- Operation: Secret Santa
- Tick Tock Tale
- How To Hook Up Your Home Theater
- The Little Matchgirl
- John Henry
You can get the collection on August 18th! Trust me, it’s an amazing addition to your Disney collection! Buy it today (affiliate link) and then I suggest you start with Paperman!