Saturday, September 22, 2012

Week 59 - The Black Cauldron

The Black Cauldron is a 1985 animated fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and originally released to American theatres on July 24, 1985. The 25th in the Walt Disney Animated Classics, it is based on The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander, a series of five novels that is based in turn on Welsh mythology. The evil Horned King hopes to secure the magical Black Cauldron and to rule the world with its aid. He is opposed by the youths Taran and Princess Eilonwy, the bard Fflewddur Fflam, and a wild creature named Gurgi.

Just two more weeks until the trip! That means one more movie sketch, then the extra magic sketch, and I'm on my way to Disney World!! It feels like it's still so far away- need I mention I still have to move out of my current apartment before we go? But I know everything will be okay!

Next week, sketch number 60, is Mickey Mouse and friends!

The Black Cauldron © Walt Disney Pictures
Artwork © CircuitGirl

Week 58 - Ratatouille

Ratatouille is a 2007 American computer-animated comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the eighth film produced by Pixar, and was directed by Brad Bird, who took over from Jan Pinkava in 2005. The title refers to a French dish (ratatouille) which is served in the film, and is also a play on words about the species of the main character. The film stars the voices of Patton Oswalt as Remy, a rat who is interested in cooking; Lou Romano as Linguini, a young garbage boy who befriends Remy; Ian Holm as Skinner, the head chef of Auguste Gusteau's restaurant; Janeane Garofalo as Colette, a rôtisseur at Gusteau's restaurant; and Peter O'Toole as Anton Ego, an infamous restaurant critic.

And, except for the extra magic at the end of the blog, this will be the last Pixar sketch! Can you believe how close we are to the end already? So many people have seen my art, it really amazes me! I tell you, I really can't wait to get on that plane and get away for a little while!

Ratatouille © Walt Disney Pictures & Pixar Animation Studios
Artwork © CircuitGirl

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Week 57 - The Aristocats

The Aristocats is a 1970 American animated feature produced and released by Walt Disney Productions in 1970 and stars Eva Gabor and Phil Harris, with Roddy Maude-Roxby as Edgar the butler, the villain of the story. The 20th animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, the film is based on a story by Tom McGowan and Tom Rowe, and revolves around a family of aristocratic cats, and how an alley cat acquaintance helps them after a butler has kidnapped them to gain his mistress' fortune which was meant to go to them. It was originally released to theaters by Buena Vista Distribution on December 11, 1970. The title is a pun on the word aristocrats.
The film is noted for being the last film to be approved by Walt Disney himself, as he died in late 1966, before the film was released. It garnered positive reviews and was a box office success.

Can you believe I only saw this movie for the first time a couple of years ago? My husband grew up with it, but I had never seen it as a child! (just the previews they played on all the other Disney VHS's :meow:) I must have watched it a million times since then, though :heart: I can't believe there's only 3 more drawings to go! Plus the extra sketch for the end, BRAVE!

The Aristocats © Walt Disney Pictures
Artwork © CircuitGirl

Week 56 - The Incredibles

The Incredibles is a 2004 American computer-animated action-comedy superhero film about a family of superheroes who are forced to hide their powers. It was written and directed by Brad Bird, a former director and executive consultant of The Simpsons, and was produced by Pixar and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. The starring voices are Craig T. Nelson as Bob Parr, Holly Hunter as his wife Helen Parr; Sarah Vowell as their teenage daughter Violet; Spencer Fox as their young son Dash; Jason Lee as the super villain Syndrome; Samuel L. Jackson as Frozone; and Elizabeth Peña as Syndrome's beautiful assistant, Mirage. Bob's yearning to help people draws the entire Parr family into a battle with the villain and his killer robot.

Figured I do something a little different this week and show the villain in the drawing (or actually have the villain as the center of attention). This one's for Jonny, since I know how much he likes Syndrome!

The Incredibles © Walt Disney Pictures & Pixar Animation Studios
Artwork © CircuitGirl

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Week 55 - Brother Bear

Brother Bear is a 2003 American animated fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures, the 44th animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics. In the film, an Inuit boy pursues a bear in revenge for a battle that he provoked in which his oldest brother is killed. He tracks down the bear and kills it, but the Spirits, angered by this needless death, change the boy into a bear himself as punishment. Originally titled Bears, it was the third and final Disney animated feature produced primarily by the Feature Animation studio at Disney-MGM Studios in Orlando, Florida; the studio was shut down in March 2004, not long after the release of this film in favor of computer animated features. A sequel, Brother Bear 2, was released on August 29, 2006.

Yay! Another post on time! I'm seeing my countdown number get lower and lower and I'm having such a hard time controlling my excitement! It makes me even happier to go to work, because I'm constantly surrounded by the Disney magic that I'm going to be seeing in just a few weeks! I feel like this sketch gets points for being one of the more original ones- since Brother Bear is sort of inspired by Native American folklore, I thought it would be cool to make the layout like a totem pole!

Next week is The Incredibles!

Brother Bear © Walt Disney Pictures
Artwork © CircuitGirl

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Week 54 - Tangled

Tangled is a 2010 American computer animated musical fantasy-comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios. It is the 50th animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series. The film features the voices of Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi and Donna Murphy and is loosely based on the German fairy tale "Rapunzel" in the collection of folk tales that the Brothers Grimm published.[4] The film tells the story of a lost princess, with long magical hair, who yearns to leave her secluded tower. Against her mother's wishes, she enlists the aid of a bandit thief, to take her out into the world which she has never seen. The film was released on Blu-ray and DVD on March 29, 2011; an animated short sequel, Tangled Ever After, was released in 2012.

I've been waiting to do Tangled since the very beginning of my blog. But since I pulled numbers out of a hat to determine the order, I've had to wait this long to draw it. And I think it was well worth the wait! I'm so proud of this drawing, not only because Rapunzel actually looks like herself, she looks so pretty! Glen Keane, as you may know, is my favorite animator, so I had to go all out for his last Disney movie. Why do I always do so well on the 3D movies?

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Week 53 - The Lion King

The Lion King is a 1994 American animated musical-adventure film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 32nd feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series. The story takes place in a kingdom of anthropomorphic lions in Africa, and was influenced by the Bible tales of Joseph and Moses, and the William Shakespeare play Hamlet. The film was produced during a period known as the Disney Renaissance. The Lion King was directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff, produced by Don Hahn, and has a screenplay credited to Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts and Linda Woolverton. It tells the story of Simba, a young lion who is to take his father Mufasa's place as king. However, after Simba's uncle Scar kills Mufasa, he must stop his uncle from conquering the Pride Lands and avenge his father.

Wow, I've finally got myself caught up again, lol. I think I should really be saying "For how long?" Well now that I'm caught up, this weekend I'll be able to do the ACTUAL drawing of this week, which is Tangled. I'm so excited! Also, I FINALLY GOT MY VACATION PAID OFF! Can you believe it's been over A YEAR, and I've just got it paid off now? :3 Now I just have to save up money on a Disney gift card for souvenirs!

The Lion King © Walt Disney Pictures
Artwork © CircuitGirl

Week 52 - Tinker Bell

Tinker Bell is a 2008 computer animated film based on the Disney Fairies franchise produced by DisneyToon Studios. It revolves around Tinker Bell, a fairy character created by J. M. Barrie in his play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up, and featured in the 1953 Disney animated film, Peter Pan and its 2002 sequel Return to Never Land. Unlike Disney's two Peter Pan films featuring the character, which were produced primarily using traditional animation, Tinker Bell was produced using digital 3D modeling. The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray by Walt Disney Home Video on September 18, 2008. The teaser trailer was released on October of 2006.

Who doesn't love Tink? I personally love the CG Tinker Bell movies- the characters are just too darn cute to ignore! In 2005 (my second-to-last trip to Disney), when I went to Florida on vacation, I bought the Disney Fairies book written by the author of Ella Enchanted. A few years later, when I found out they were making a movie, I was really excited! Now there's actually more than one, and a new one coming out later on this year (which looks awesome :D ). Another thing I love about Tinker Bell is the way that she actually became so popular. When Disney was first building Disneyland, his sponsors didn't want him to use popular characters in case the project failed. So Disney decided to use Tinker Bell and Jiminy Cricket, two characters who weren't doing anything after their original films (Pinocchio and Peter Pan). Ironic isn't it? Today Tink is one of Disney's most popular characters!

Tinker Bell © Walt Disney Pictures
Artwork © CircuitGirl

Friday, August 3, 2012

Week 51 - The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is the 22nd full-length animated film produced by Walt Disney Productions and first released on March 11, 1977. The film is actually composed of material from three previously released animated featurettes based upon the Winnie-the-Pooh books by A. A. Milne: Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (1966), Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day (1968), and Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too (1974). This is also the last film in the Disney canon in which Walt Disney had personal involvement, since one of the shorts (Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree) was released during his lifetime, and he was involved in the production of Blustery Day. A fourth and final featurette based on the original books, Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore, was released in 1983 and is included as a bonus feature on the VHS and DVD release of the feature film.

Yaaaay Pooh bear! I'm getting so close to the end of this blog it's not even funny! And, not to mention I'm still behind with my sketches :3 But I'm hoping to FINALLY have my vacation paid off by the end of this week! Then I can get the plane tickets and start saving up for souvenirs! I can't wait for the vacation package to come in the mail! >.< Excuse me while I do my happy excited dance!

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh © Walt Disney Pictures
Artwork © CircuitGirl

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Week 50 - Monster's Inc.

Monsters, Inc. is a 2001 American computer-animated comedy film and the fourth feature-length film produced by Pixar. The starring voices are John Goodman and Billy Crystal as Sulley and Mike, two monsters who work at a power plant that powers the monster world with children's screams, Mary Gibbs as Boo, a little girl who enters the monster world, Steve Buscemi as Randall, a rival monster, Jennifer Tilly as Celia, Mike's girlfriend, and James Coburn as Mr. Waternoose, the plant's owner.
The film was released to theatres by Walt Disney Pictures in the United States on November 2, 2001, in Australia on December 26, 2001, and in the United Kingdom on February 8, 2002. It was a commercial and critical success, grossing over $525,366,597 worldwide. The film is scheduled for a 3D re-release on January 18, 2013. Also, a prequel, Monsters University, is scheduled for a June 21, 2013 release.

I'm slowly getting back on track with the blog! At least now I'm not getting them done late simply because of laziness- I blame it on my comic! So week 50 is Monster's Inc.- a Pixar movie with one of the cutest endings ever :D I absolutely love Boo, and I swear that if I had a little girl she'd look just like her! 

Also, in other Disney-related news, I finally decided to jump on the bandwagon and buy some Vinylmation! They haven't come in the mail yet, but I got one of the villains, one of the urban set, and one of the special edition light up ones! Plus, thanks to the Friends and Family sale going on, I couldn't help but buy some from the store too. I got the limited edition Jiminy Cricket and the light-up Mickey with the stand. I can't wait to go to the parks and buy a ton more!!

Monster's Inc. © Walt Disney Pictures & Pixar Animation Studios
Artwork © CircuitGirl

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Week 49 - Bambi

Bambi is a 1942 American animated film directed by David Hand (supervising a team of sequence directors), produced by Walt Disney and based on the book Bambi, A Life in the Woods by Austrian author Felix Salten. The film was released by RKO Radio Pictures on August 13, 1942, and is the fifth film in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series.

More of me catching up, lol. This week (Monday, July 16) is supposed to be week 51. So I'm still not quite there yet. But you must admit that's much better than where I was before. So I discovered a new trick with this picture- I was going over Bambi's pupil with black clean lines, and then I ended up working it all the way around the entire drawing, lol. When I had it colored and all, I took away the sketch layer, and it actually looked really neat! It's shown right down below. Which one do you like better?

Bambi © Walt Disney Pictures
Artwork © CircuitGirl

Monday, July 16, 2012

Week 48 - The Rescuers

The Rescuers is a 1977 American animated feature produced by Walt Disney Productions and first released on June 22, 1977. The 23rd film in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, the film is about the Rescue Aid Society, an international mouse organization headquartered in New York and shadowing the United Nations, dedicated to helping abduction victims around the world at large. Two of these mice, jittery janitor Bernard (Bob Newhart) and his co-agent, the elegant Miss Bianca (Eva Gabor), set out to rescue Penny (Michelle Stacy), an orphan girl being held prisoner in the Devil's Bayou by treasure huntress Madame Medusa (Geraldine Page). The film is based on a series of books by Margery Sharp, most notably The Rescuers and Miss Bianca. Due to the film's success, a sequel entitled The Rescuers Down Under was released in 1990.

Another week down! I can't believe that there's less than 100 days left until the trip! Of course with excitement, there's always worry... As October draws near, I realize I haven't yet paid off the trip- which needs to be finished before the end of August! Hopefully I'll make enough money in time to pay it off and have SOME extra money (I don't really think I'll run out of time, but money is short in today's society, lol). Hopefully soon I'll have the trip paid off, and I'll feel a little bit better!!

The Rescuers © Walt Disney Pictures
Artwork © CircuitGirl

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Week 47 - The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad is a 1949 animated feature produced by Walt Disney. The film was released to theaters on October 5, 1949 by RKO Radio Pictures and is the 11th animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series. The film is also the finale of the seven package films produced by Disney until The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh in 1977, following Fantasia, Saludos Amigos, The Three Caballeros, Make Mine Music, Fun and Fancy Free, and Melody Time.

Not really much I have to say about this one, lol. I know I saw this movie when I was little, but not enough to really remember too much about it (other than the fact that the first half is the Legend of Sleepy Hollow). I know this isn't my best :c but I really want to get caught up, like I never am haha.

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad © Walt Disney Pictures
Artwork © CircuitGirl

Friday, June 29, 2012

Week 46 - Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins is a 1964 musical film starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, produced by Walt Disney, and based on the Mary Poppins books series by P. L. Travers with illustrations by Mary Shepard. The film was directed by Robert Stevenson and written by Bill Walsh and Don DaGradi, with songs by the Sherman Brothers. It was shot at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California. Julie Andrews won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance as Mary Poppins and the film also won Oscars for Best Film Editing, Original Music Score, Best Song for "Chim Chim Cher-ee" and Best Visual Effects, and received a total of 13 nominations.

Late post again, but still I think I did another great job. I have a bit of catching up to do this weekend, but I'll blame it all on my comic- I'm finally going to start uploading them on a weekly basis! I finished this weeks page on Tuesday, and I'm already coloring the next page (for next week), so hopefully I can always stay ahead on that! In the mean time, I'm getting really close to my vacation, so I know I need to get caught up with my Disney sketches! Today makes 100 days left until the trip- it flies by so fast! Also, I ended up using the broadway font for the logo, since I think it matches Mary better. Next post is The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad!

Mary Poppins © Walt Disney Pictures
Artwork © CircuitGirl

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Week 45 - Pirates of the Caribbean

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is a 2003 American adventure fantasy film based on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disney theme parks. It was directed by Gore Verbinski and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. The story follows blacksmith Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and pirate Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) as they rescue the kidnapped Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) from the cursed crew of the Black Pearl, captained by Hector Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush). Jay Wolpert developed a script based on the theme park ride in 2001, and Stuart Beattie rewrote it in early 2002. Around that time, producer Jerry Bruckheimer became involved in the project; he had Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio work on the script, adding the supernatural curse to the storyline.

I'm a week late again, but I'm happy that I at least got last week's done! This is one of the few Disney movies I'm drawing that is nearly all live-action (I say nearly because the Kraken and Davy Jones use CGI, among other things). Actually, this is the first life-like drawing I think I've ever done digitally! Even though it's a sketch, I'm going to congratulate myself on a job well done!

Next up is Mary Poppins!

Pirates of the Caribbean © Walt Disney Pictures
Artwork © CircuitGirl

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Week 44 - Fantasia

Fantasia is a 1940 American animated film produced by Walt Disney and released by Walt Disney Productions. With story direction by Joe Grant and Dick Huemer, and production supervision by Ben Sharpsteen, it is the third feature in the Disney animated features canon. The film consists of eight animated segments set to pieces of classical music conducted by Leopold Stokowski; seven of which are performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra. Music critic and composer Deems Taylor acts as the film's Master of Ceremonies, who introduces each segment in live action interstitial scenes.

Wowza! Look what happens when I actually get my sketch done on time! Since there's a LOT of different scenes in both Fantasia movies, I wanted to take some of the biggest ones from the two films. Of course Mickey had to be in front- he will always be the symbol of Fantasia for me. Night on Bald Mountain and The Firebird were the two most memorable scenes from the movies, and The Pines of Rome is so beautiful, I had to add it too (plus I felt the middle needed something big, lol)! I drew everything myself- except the logo (but technically the logo is a strongly edited font- I stretched it, cut it up, and added the little horizontal stubbies to the A's and the F).

Next week is... Pirates of the Caribbean! The only completely live-action movie in the whole blog!

Fantasia © Walt Disney Pictures
Artwork © CircuitGirl

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Week 43 - Finding Nemo

Finding Nemo is a 2003 American-Australian comedy-drama animated film written and directed by Andrew Stanton, produced by Pixar Animation Studios, and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It tells the story of the overly protective clownfish Marlin (Albert Brooks) who, along with a regal tang called Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), searches for his abducted son Nemo (Alexander Gould). Along the way, Marlin learns to take risks and to let Nemo take care of himself. It is Pixar's first movie to be released in cinemas in the summer. The film received overwhelmingly positive reviews and won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. It was the 2nd highest-grossing film of 2003, behind The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, earning a total of $868 million worldwide.

What a way to make up for being late so often! I think I do really well on all of my Pixar films (maybe because they all have a lot of detail, being 3D?). I really wanted to include more than one or two characters, like I usually do, and I thought this up! Nemo's up in front, since Marlin and Dory are "chasing" him across the ocean. I really love this movie- the music brings tears to my eyes (Thomas Newman is one of my favorite composers!), and the ending makes me so happy!

Next week- Fantasia!

Finding Nemo © Walt Disney Pictures & Pixar Animation Studios
Artwork © CircuitGirl

Week 42 - The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book is a 1967 American animated film produced by Walt Disney Productions. Released on October 18, 1967, it is the 19th animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series. It was inspired by the stories about the feral child Mowgli from the book of the same name by Rudyard Kipling. Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman, it was the last to be produced by Walt Disney, who died during its production. After the film's success, Disney later released a live-action remake and a theatrical sequel, The Jungle Book 2.

I have to admit, I didn't see this movie until recently (and I mean like 2 weeks ago, lol) so I had a little bit of a hard time deciding what to draw for this one. Usually I try to think of something that will show the overall theme of the movie (or my favorite part) and turn it into a poster, just like Disney does for their movie covers/posters. But I think I did pretty well on this one, especially on the background! As time goes by, I'm really starting to see an improvement in my artwork! Hopefully by the time my trip comes I'll be better than ever!

The Jungle Book © Walt Disney Pictures
Artwork © CircuitGirl

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Week 41 - The Great Mouse Detective

The Great Mouse Detective is a 1986 animated feature produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation, originally released to movie theaters on July 2, 1986 by Walt Disney Pictures. The 26th animated feature in the official canon, the film was directed by Burny Mattinson, David Michener, and the team of John Musker and Ron Clements, who later directed Disney's hit films The Little Mermaid and Aladdin. The film was also known as The Adventures of the Great Mouse Detective for its 1992 theatrical re-release and Basil the Great Mouse Detective in some countries. The main characters are all mice and rats living in Victorian London.

I actually just saw this movie for the first time a few months ago. I don't think I ever watched it as a kid (at least i don't remember, lol). But now we're in the last 20 weeks of the count down- my last post was about a few things I'm doing to get ready for the trip. I also decided to make Weekly Disney Magic into   a tumblr! If you have tumblr, follow me! 

The Great Mouse Detective © Walt Disney Pictures
Artwork © CircuitGirl

Saturday, May 19, 2012

With Only 140 Days to Go...

I think it's time I made some updates around here! First, as you've probably noticed, I did change the layout a bit. I thought it might look a bit more eye-catching this way. It's also a way to celebrate how close I am to week 60!

I don't know if you've noticed, but the 60 weeks don't go all the way up to my vacation! If I were to do movies all the way up to my vacation, it would actually be sixty TWO Weeks of Disney Magic! But I wanted to give myself a little time to relax and get everything together for my vacation in the last two weeks.

And... you're also reading the blog of an official Disney Store cast member! I can't believe I got hired by the Disney Store! It's so exciting! Now when I'm at work I'll be surrounded by what I love the most- Disney!! Hopefully this'll help the time go by faster, too!

Speaking of the time going by faster, I've been getting a few things together for my trip lately (I didn't realize how close it was!). First, I wrote down all the park hours for every day that I'll be in Orlando. This way I'll be able to pick the best day to go to each park. Also, I bought some coloring books!

I'll do some pages up until the trip, but they're also for the PLANE RIDE there! I've never actually flown on a plane before, so I'm a little nervous! But I'll have Mickey with me, and Disney music on my iPod!

I also got all my stuffed buddies together to say hello! Unfortunately, I can't take all of them with me on the trip, but I am taking big Mickey! (Fun Fact: The little Sorcerer Mickey is from a trip to Disney World when I was 11)

I also have to get caught up on this blog! I'm always falling behind with my drawings- so this weekend, I'm going to get caught up. Look out for two posts tonight or tomorrow!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Speedpaint - Mulan

Here's an in-depth look at how I do all my Weekly Disney Magic drawings! Let me know what you think, and visit my Youtube page for more speedpaint videos!

(Watch it on youtube in HD- I don't think blogger supports a large video player)

Week 40 - Mulan

Mulan is a 1998 American animated film directed by Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook, with story by Robert D. San Souci and screenplay by Rita Hsiao, Philip LaZebnik, Chris Sanders, Eugenia Bostwick-Singer, and Raymond Singer. It was produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures on June 19, 1998. Ming-Na, Eddie Murphy, Miguel Ferrer and B. D. Wong star in the English version, while Jackie Chan provided his voice for the Chinese dubs of the film. The 36th animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics, and a part of the Disney Renaissance, the film is based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan.

I am soooo proud of myself with this one! Trying to make up for all my late posts (like the last 4 have all been late, lol), I figured I'd go all out for this one :3 at least detail-wise. Everything except for the title and the yin-yang is drawn by me! I tried to make the background look like the opening sequence from the movie (I've always loved that scene), with the Chinese brush strokes.

Mulan © Walt Disney Pictures
Artwork © CircuitGirl

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Week 39 - Song of the South

Song of the South is a 1946 American musical film produced by Walt Disney and released by RKO Radio Pictures. The film is based on the “Uncle Remus” cycle of stories by Joel Chandler Harris. The live actors provide a sentimental frame story, in which Uncle Remus relates to the folk tales of the adventures of Br'er Rabbit and his friends. These anthropomorphic animal characters appear in animation. The hit song from the film was "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah", which won the 1947 Academy Award for Best Song and is frequently used as part of Disney's montage themes, and which has become widely used in popular culture. The film inspired the Disney theme park attraction Splash Mountain.

Wow, I took my time with this one and I actually did a good job on animals! Yes, I'm very proud of this one (well, maybe not the background)! And I know the title looks a little bland, but I've decided I'm going to be typing the rest of the logos (unless they're really original fonts, like maybe Tangled :3 ), and this movie's logo was really old, lol. I admit I've never seen this whole movie, but I do have it downloaded to my hard drive :3 so I may watch it tonight!

Song of the South © Walt Disney Pictures
Artwork © CircuitGirl

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Week 38 - James and the Giant Peach

James and the Giant Peach is a 1996 musical fantasy film directed by Henry Selick, based on the 1961 novel of the same name by Roald Dahl. It was produced by Tim Burton and Denise Di Novi. The film is a combination of live action and stop-motion animation.

I feel like I could have done a little better on this one, but at the same time I still like it ^_^ Wow have I been busy lately! in the past week I've had 2 commissions, AND I've been working on my comic! I really want to try and get the comic on a weekly page update basis, but for right now I don't know if that'll happen (lol).

James and the Giant Peach © Walt Disney Pictures
Artwork © CircuitGirl

Friday, April 13, 2012

Week 37 - Enchanted

Enchanted is a 2007 American fantasy-musical film, produced and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures in association with Barry Sonnenfeld and Josephson Entertainment. Written by Bill Kelly and directed by Kevin Lima, the film stars Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden, Timothy Spall, Idina Menzel, Rachel Covey, and Susan Sarandon. The plot focuses on Giselle, an archetypal Disney Princess, who is forced from her traditional animated world of Andalasia into the live-action world of New York City. The film is both an homage to, and a self-parody of, conventional Walt Disney Animated Classics, making numerous references to Disney's past and future works through the combination of live action filmmaking, traditional animation and computer-generated imagery. It heralds the return of traditional animation to a Disney feature film after the company's decision to move entirely to computer animation in 2004.

Wow! A post that's actually on time! (I think I've actually made this joke before, lol) But here's week 37! I'm actually really surprised at how quick time seems to be moving until the trip! Today I have 176 days left- much smaller than the 400-something I started out with :3

Enchanted © Walt Disney Pictures
Artwork © CircuitGirl

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Week 36 - Lady and the Tramp

Lady and the Tramp is a 1955 American animated film produced by Walt Disney and released to theaters on June 22, 1955, by Buena Vista Distribution. The 15th animated film in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, it was the first animated feature filmed in the CinemaScope widescreen film process. The story centers on a female American Cocker Spaniel named Lady who lives with a refined, upper middle-class family, and a male stray mutt called the Tramp. A direct-to-video sequel, Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure, was released in 2001.

I usually don't like to draw the characters in the same positions as on the movie covers, but for this film I made an exception. I mean, what other scene really sticks out in this movie other than the spaghetti scene? It's a classic!

Lady and the Tramp © Walt Disney Pictures
Artwork © CircuitGirl

Week 35 - The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a 1996 American animated drama film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released to theaters on June 21, 1996 by Walt Disney Pictures. The 34th animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, the film is loosely based on Victor Hugo's novel of the same name. The plot centers on Quasimodo, the deformed bellringer of Notre Dame and his struggle to gain acceptance into society. The film is directed by Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale and produced by Don Hahn. It received a G rating by the Motion Picture Association of America, and was rated U by the British Board of Film Classification in the UK. Despite these ratings, the film is considered to be one of Disney's darkest animated motion pictures similar to films such as The Black Cauldron.

Since I was a kid, I've always loved Esmerelda ^_^ I thought she was so pretty when I was little, and I wanted to be just like her, lol. I've been really busy working on my comic lately, so I'm trying to get caught up again here D: plus, I got laid off from my job (bummer...) so my Disney savings is at a stand still right now :c But I'm not giving up!

The Hunchback of Notre Dame © Walt Disney Pictures
Artwork © CircuitGirl

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Week 34 - The Sword in the Stone

The Sword in the Stone is a 1963 American animated fantasy comedy film produced by Walt Disney and originally released to theaters on December 25, 1963. The 18th animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics, it was the last Disney animated feature released while Walt Disney was alive. The film is based on the novel of the same name, at first published in 1938 as a single novel. It was then later republished in 1958 as the first book of T. H. White’s tetralogy The Once and Future King.

Wow. I think I made up for being late this week by doing a really good job on this one! I've certainly had a lot more motivation (and free time) to complete this one, so I guess that helped out a lot. Hopefully I can keep this drive until the weekend comes, when it's time to draw the next WDM, The Hunchback of Notre Dame!

The Sword in the Stone © Walt Disney Pictures
Artwork © CircuitGirl

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Week 33 - A Goofy Movie

A Goofy Movie is a 1995 American animated musical comedy film, produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation, Walt Disney Animation France S.A. and Walt Disney Animation Australia (later DisneyToon Studios), and released in theaters on April 7, 1995 by Walt Disney Pictures. The film features characters from The Disney Afternoon television series Goof Troop; the film itself acts as a sequel to the TV show. Directed by Kevin Lima, the film's plot revolves around the father-son relationship between Goofy and Max as Goofy believes that he's losing Max. A direct-to-video sequel, titled An Extremely Goofy Movie, was released in 2000. The film was dedicated to Pat Buttram.

Another week-late post (I'm sorry...), I know. It's been a really tough week. I don't want to go off into it too much, but I just really didn't have any motivation to finish my posts on time :c I'm feeling better now though, and I should be able to get back on track with them soon (I'm finding that lately  have a lot more free time, lol)!

A Goofy Movie © Walt Disney Pictures
Artwork © CircuitGirl

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Week 32 - The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Nightmare Before Christmas, often promoted as Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, is a 1993 American stop motion musical fantasy film directed by Henry Selick and produced/co-written by Tim Burton. It tells the story of Jack Skellington, a being from "Halloween Town" who opens a portal to "Christmas Town". Danny Elfman wrote the film score and provided the singing voice of Jack, as well as other minor characters. The remaining principal voice cast includes Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, William Hickey, Ken Page and Glenn Shadix.

Yay! I finally got to one that I've been waiting for! Before you say anything, YES, this time I used the type tool for the logo- but it'll be the ONLY time! I mean, would you want to draw all 37 of those letters? Me either lol, that's why I just typed it :3 Anyway, this one's a day or so late, but I'm happy that I didn't wait until the end of the week to do it. And I know that everyone likes to say that they and their significant other are Jack and Sally, but that was me and Jonny from day 1, haha. In highschool I made 2 necklaces (both halves of a heart, one white with black cracks and the other blue with stitches) from clay for us to wear. And for my wedding, we had a Jack and Sally cake topper! Both of us grew up with this movie (as in I really don't remember the first time I saw it- it was always just there, lol), so it means a lot to the two of us separately and as a couple.

Next week is........
A Goofy Movie!

The Nightmare Before Christmas © Walt Disney Pictures
Artwork © CircuitGirl

Friday, March 2, 2012

Week 31 - Peter Pan

Peter Pan is a 1953 American animated film produced by Walt Disney and based on the play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up by J. M. Barrie. It is the 14th film in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series and was originally released on February 5, 1953 by RKO Pictures. Peter Pan is the final Disney animated feature released through RKO before Walt Disney's founding of his own distribution company, Buena Vista Distribution, later in 1953 after the film was released. Peter Pan is also the final Disney film in which all nine members of Disney's Nine Old Men worked together as directing animators. It is also the second Disney animated film starring Kathryn Beaumont, Heather Angel, and Bill Thompson after their roles in the animated feature Alice in Wonderland.

I feel like this one is a little boring, lol. But I can guarantee next week's wil be nice! It's the Nightmare Before Christmas! Oh my gosh I feel like everything's been going crazy lately! First off, I got a monroe this past weekend, so that's news, haha. Also, I had a bit of a row with someone at work (actually, it was more him calling me and my husband something unpleasant, and me going to my boss, lol). I feel like this week went by REALLY fast, though! It's all a blur, almost!

Peter Pan © Walt Disney Pictures
Artwork © CircuitGirl

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Week 30 - The Fox and the Hound

The Fox and the Hound is a 1981 animated feature loosely based on the Daniel P. Mannix novel of the same name, produced by Walt Disney Productions and released in the United States on July 10, 1981. The 24th film in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, the film tells the story of two unlikely friends, a red fox named Tod and a hound dog named Copper, who struggle to preserve their friendship despite their emerging instincts and the surrounding social pressures demanding them to be adversaries.

ANIMALS ARE HARD TO DRAW! Yes, again, I'm complaining about my animal artwork. I'm just not as good as a lot of other artists I've seen that draw animals a lot. Me, I'm used to people- that's why it's what I'm good at. I never really drew animals before, so I have no practice with it! All in all, though, this didn't turn out too bad. 

Also, this is WEEK 30!! The halfway point of my 60 weeks! I honestly thought I'd have more fans of my blog by this point, haha, but it looks like it'll be just a few people that see me through to week 60!

The Fox and the Hound © Walt Disney Pictures
Artwork © CircuitGirl

Friday, February 17, 2012

Week 29 - Wall-E

WALL-E, promoted with an interpunct as WALL•E, is a 2008 American computer-animated post-apocalyptic science fiction film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and directed by Andrew Stanton. The story follows a robot named WALL-E, who is designed to clean up a waste-covered Earth far in the future. He falls in love with another robot named EVE, who also has a programmed task, and follows her into outer space on an adventure that changes the destiny of both his kind and humanity. Both robots exhibit an appearance of free will and emotions similar to humans, which develop further as the film progresses. Walt Disney Pictures released it in the United States and Canada on June 27, 2008. The film grossed $23.2 million on its opening day, and $63.1 million during its opening weekend in 3,992 theaters, ranking #1 at the box office. This ranks as the fifth highest-grossing opening weekend for a Pixar film. Following Pixar tradition, WALL-E was paired with a short film, Presto, for its theatrical release.

Another Pixar film! Honestly, I keep thinking that the Pixar sketches will be the hardest, since they're 3D, but so far they seem to be coming out the best. Here's the cute little robot from planet earth, flying through space with his fire extinguisher! And what's that he's making in his wake? A heart! Just in time for Valentine's Day!

Wall-E © Walt Disney Pictures & Pixar Animation Studios
Art © CircuitGirl

Friday, February 10, 2012

Week 28 - Pocahontas

Pocahontas is the 33rd animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series. It was produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and was originally released to selected theaters on June 16, 1995 by Walt Disney Pictures. It belongs to the era known as the Disney Renaissance that began in 1989 and ended in 1999.
The film is the first animated feature Disney film to be based on a real historic character, based on the known history and also the folklore and legend that surround the Native American woman Pocahontas, and features a fictionalized account of her encounter with Englishman John Smith and the settlers that arrived from the Virginia Company.
Week 28- almost halfway! Valentine's Day is this week and with that I'd like to tell everyone what a wonderful love story this movie is! I watched it again while my husband was at work the other day, and believe me the movie made me cry! I remember when I was a kid I used to sneak around like Pocahontas, when she first sneaks up to John Smith C:
Pocahontas © Walt Disney Pictures
Artwork © CircuitGirl

Monday, February 6, 2012

Week 27 - Pinocchio

Pinocchio is a 1940 American animated film produced by Walt Disney and based on the story The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi. It is the second film in the Walt Disney Animated Classics, and was made after the success of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. It was released to theaters by RKO Radio Pictures on February 7, 1940. The plot of the film involves an old wood-carver named Geppetto who carves a wooden puppet named Pinocchio who is brought to life by a blue fairy, who tells him he can become a real boy if he proves himself "brave, truthful, and unselfish". Thus begin the puppet's adventures to become a real boy, which involve many encounters with a host of unsavory characters. 

Only a DAY late this time! I'm so happy that I pushed myself to get this one done! I'm pulling in a lot of money for my savings this month, not to boast, but it's because of my taxes and a commission that I got! I'm really happy I can save all this money up now- I've been waiting so long to take my husband to Disney World... especially for our honeymoon- I'm getting more and more excited!

Pinocchio © Walt Disney Pictures
Artwork © CircuitGirl

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Week 26 - Robin Hood

Robin Hood is an 1973 American animated film produced by the Walt Disney Productions, first released in the United States on November 8, 1973. The 21st animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, the film is based on the legend of Robin Hood, but uses anthropomorphic animals instead of people.

Horrible logo is horrible. I got a little lazy with the logo on this one, mostly because I'm terrible at drawing animals. I think this one turned out alright, but not as good as my usual posts. Still, I'm excited because now I'm back on track with my Disney savings!

Robin Hood © Walt Disney Pictures
Artwork © CircuitGirl

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Week 25 - Up

Up is a 2009 American computer-animated comedy-adventure film produced by Pixar, distributed by Walt Disney Pictures and presented in Disney Digital 3-D. The film premiered on May 29, 2009 in North America and opened the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, becoming the first animated and 3D film to do so. The film was director Pete Docter's second film, the first being 2001's Monsters, Inc., and features the voices of Edward AsnerChristopher PlummerBob Peterson, and Jordan Nagai. It is Pixar's tenth feature film and the studio's first to be presented in Disney Digital 3-D, and is accompanied in theaters and DVD releases by the short film Partly Cloudy.

I'm really starting to get excited for the trip! I still haven't paid it off yet, but I'm just realizing that I'm nearing the halfway mark of my whole Weekly Disney Magic project! Week 30 actually happens to be the same week as I and my husband's first anniversary, so as we're celebrating that we'll also be halfway on our way to Florida! Another good thing is that I think I'm finally going to be able to get back on track with my savings soon- I really hope so, because I've been worried about it for a while.

See you next week for Robin Hood!

Up © Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios
Artwork © CircuitGirl

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Trying Something New

I'm not completely sure how to use it, but I've made a technorati account in hopes of bringing attention to my blog. I've also started writing a comic book! Hopefully these new things will bring about good tidings, especially when it comes to what I do with my free time.

My Disney savings is also slowly getting back on track- I'm not exactly where I was before the car was stolen, but if things work out right then I can at least pay off the balance for my trip! (hopefully I can save some extra for souvenirs as well!)

Until next post,

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Week 24 - Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast is a 1991 American animated musical-fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. The thirtieth film in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series and the third film of theDisney Renaissance period, the film is based on the fairy tale La Belle et la Bête by Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont and uses some ideas from the 1946 film of the same name. The film centers around a prince who is transformed into a Beast and a young woman named Belle whom he imprisons in his castle. To become a prince again, the Beast must love Belle and win her love in return, or he will remain a Beast forever.

I got a little lazy with the logo for this one- sorry for that. I really didn't want to do the scene with Belle in the ballroom, since most of the movie covers and advertisements show that scene, so I did one of the rose- which is really what the story is about, to begin with. Let me know what you think!

Beauty and the Beast © Walt Disney Pictures
Artwork © CircuitGirl

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Week 23 - Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland is a 1951 American animated feature produced by Walt Disney and based primarily on Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland with a few additional elements from Through the Looking-Glass. Thirteenth in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, the film was released in New York City and London on July 29, 1951 by RKO Radio Pictures. The film features the voices of Kathryn Beaumont (who also voiced Wendy Darling in the 1953 Disney Peter Pan) as Alice, and Ed Wynn as the Mad Hatter.

This week's was late again, I know. But I like the background that I made for this one, and I think if you look at Alice you can start to see that after 23 weeks I really am improving! Saving up has been pretty slow lately, and maybe that's the reason my motivation for drawing these on time is dwindling. I'm going to try and do my best to finish what I've started- I'm determined to go to Florida this October! Wish me luck, please!

Alice in Wonderland © Walt Disney Pictures
Artwork © CircuitGirl