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