Friday, March 21, 2014

Acting and story analysis of Frozen

Here's an interesting article by Ed Hooks about the story structure and performances in Disney's mega-hit. He makes some interesting observations and I think it's a good read for animators and writers alike.  Plot dissection aside, I was really impressed with the animation in Frozen.  At Pixar we recently had the pleasure of seeing Lino DeSalva (head of animation on Frozen) discuss their process for creating such consistent and appealing performances in such a short amount of time. I found it very inspiring and I really feel they're pushing the medium forward. 

Meanwhile we're deep into production on our Summer 2015 film, Inside Out, for which I am a Supervising Animator along with Shawn Krause. It's a lot of hard work, but the characters are really fun - and challenging!  It's a different style of animation than we've done in previous features, and the story is unique, thoughtful, and deeply moving. Animation is supposed to wrap in late November, so we've got lots of work left to do. It's a pleasure working so closely with director Pete Docter, and it's the most fun I've had at work in years. I can't wait until we can share more info and images with the world...  I don't want to jinx it, but I think it may turn out to be my favorite Pixar film!


  1. Great Ed Hooks article. I think it's all pretty much on the nose, but I see a lot of comments that disagree. How do you feel about it, Victor?

  2. I tend to agree with most of it. We can discuss the details over a beer sometime!

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  4. Hi Victor,
    My name is Isabel (my nickname is on here)...
    Question: Are you on Twitter? Besides this blog, do you also have a Facebook Page?
    I originally saw your Alien Song video way-back-when—— in my Animation class. Awesome!
    Well— anywho, if you're on Twitter please follow me (@TypeRtist), as I will be sure to follow you back.
    Thank you!
    And thank you for inspiring! :)

  5. Hi Isabel, I am neither on Twitter nor Facebook. I just don't have time for those, much less this little blog!

  6. Anonymous1:13 PM

    what a great article by Ed Hook. Thanks for sharing. Also thanks for being so inspirational. You are the main reason i'm going after my dream of being an animator. So THANKS! Can't wait to see more of your work.

  7. Very interesting!! Should the animals be treated more like a supporting character in the film? Was Maximus also over animated in Tangeled??