This Video Reveals How Often Disney Re-Uses Animation for Other Movies

by John Boone 11:01 AM PDT, May 14, 2015
Photo: Disney

If you’re a big-time Disney fan who’s ever been on the Internet, you probably already know that the animators sometimes, er...recycle animation from one movie to another. But maybe you didn’t know it was this often:

The video, by Movie Munchies, shows how animators “draw over existing animation cells to make new scenes with characters with similar designs, characteristics, and movements.”

Like how Little John from Robin Hood and Baloo from The Jungle Book are the same bear. And Maid Marian is a mix of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and The Aristocats?

(Basically, did anyone do any new animation for Robin Hood?)

Also, Sleeping Beauty and Belle dance the exact same dance:

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It doesn’t happen as much anymore, it seems. Now, animators include older characters and animated bits and bobs in other movies as Easter eggs. You can find a bajillion posts online about the connections between Disney movies, but here’s the first official video Disney has released that shows the winks between Toy Story and Cars, Finding Nemo and Monsters, Inc., and more.

As many posts by Disney nuts as we’ve read that point out Sully is in a wood carving in Brave and etcetera, etcetera, there were still ones we didn’t know here. Thanks, Disney! But what say you of recycling animation? Cheating, or a creative use of resources?

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