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Could The Disney Animated App Breed Future Animators?

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by Charles Kenny
August 13, 2013 12:01 AM
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Kids today seem far more interested in an tablet than a piece of paper, but that is simply the latest trait in a trend that stretches back to the earliest Amiga machines. Animation has been present along the way with plenty of computer software programs written to entice budding animators to get familiar with the process of creating rather than watching.

Years ago you needed a computer with a CD drive and a mouse, but today, a tablet is all you need to get characters dancing around on the screen, and in high-definition too! 

What will be interesting to see though, is whether the new Disney Animated app will have much value beyond the obvious entertainment it provides.

Giving users the opportunity to make their favourite characters move around any way they wish is precisely what animation is about. Given kids' over-exuberant imaginations, you can be sure they will enjoy it.

Will it entice them to take up animation in a serious way when they get older though? 

Hopefully there will be a few kids for whom this app is the best thing since sliced bread, and ignites the spark that makes them want to make characters move all the time. 

Unfortunately it still remains to be seen if Spiderman's efforts in the late 1990s have had any effect on industry employment, so until we find proof, we'll just have to keep our fingers crossed on Disney's app.

Charles Kenny writes prolifically on his own blog, The Animation Anomaly.

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  • Toonio | August 13, 2013 8:13 PMReply

    I'd take this with a grain of salt. Mostly due to the fine prints around using a copyrighted rig on a personal project and whatever the house of mouse considers right to do with their stuff.

    Will it create interest for the non-animators? maybe.

    Will help the animation students out there? hell yes.

  • Nic Kramer | August 13, 2013 8:13 PMReply

    This isn't completly new for Disney. In the early 90's, there was a Disney animation software title for the Amiga computer.

  • John Paul Cassidy | August 20, 2013 12:11 AM

    I remember the Amiga program! Pretty cool stuff! Eric W. Schwartz did a lot of great animation with that program in the 90s.

    Today, this is the first program like that for CG animators as well! I'd like to see where that goes.

  • Jeff | August 14, 2013 9:21 PM

    There was also Disney Animation Studio software for PC around that time as well.

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