Sketchbook Series Streaming On Disney+ April 27th

IF YOU CAN DREAM IT, YOU CAN DRAW IT…
DISNEY+ PRESENTS THE ONE-OF-A-KIND DRAWING EXPERIENCE, ‘SKETCHBOOK,’ AVAILABLE TO STREAM APRIL 27

From Supper Club, the Creators of the Emmy®-nominated ‘Chef’s Table’
And Award-Winning Walt Disney Animation Studios,
Six-Part Series Follows Disney Animation Artists As They Teach Viewers How to Draw Their Favorite Iconic Disney Characters

BURBANK, Calif. – (March 16, 2022) Disney+ invites you to a one-of-a-kind drawing experience in the all-new, six-part Original Series “Sketchbook” with Walt Disney Animation Studios streaming April 27. From Supper Club and in partnership with Walt Disney Animation Studios, audiences will be given an insider’s look into the animation process as some of the Studios’ talented artists teach them how to draw beloved Disney characters, including Kuzco from “Emperor’s New Groove,” Olaf from “Frozen,” Genie from “Aladdin,” Captain Hook from “Peter Pan,” Mirabel from “Encanto” and young Simba from “The Lion King.”

An intimate instructional documentary series, “Sketchbook” with Walt Disney Animation Studios takes us onto the desks and into the lives of talented artists and animators as they teach us how to draw a single iconic character from a Walt Disney Animation Studios film. Each episode focuses on a single artist illustrating a character that either they helped create or inspired them to want to be an artist at the Studio. As we learn the steps to drawing these characters, we also discover that the artists each have a unique story to tell about how they made their way to Disney and their chosen character. From the creators of “Chef’s Table,” this exclusive experience will give viewers of all ages a new understanding of how these beloved characters come to life on-screen while introducing them to a new cast of real-life characters along the way.

“This series is an unprecedented look at what it takes to bring these beloved characters to life,” says Jason Sterman, director and executive producer, Supper Club. “We are honored to feature this incredible group of artists who trusted us not only with presenting their skillset, but with sharing their personal, and often emotional, stories with the world. We’re looking forward to audiences becoming inspired to hopefully pick up a pencil and put it to paper themselves.”

“Think back to your favorite films from Walt Disney Animation Studios, whether from our earliest days, the films of our 1990s renaissance or the award-winning films of today like ‘Encanto’ and ‘Frozen,’ every film starts with an idea, a pencil and an artist. And within the thousands of artists who have created our 60 films over the last century, every person has a unique and special story,” says series executive producer Amy Astley, senior vice president, Publicity/Communications, Creative Legacy, and Brand Strategy for Walt Disney Animation Studios. “It was an honor to partner with Supper Club, whose projects such as ‘Chef’s Table’ create beautifully captured, intimate portraits of talented people. With “Sketchbook,” our hope is to demystify the art of drawing, making it accessible for anyone who wants to pick up a pencil and paper while deepening an appreciation for the individuals who contribute to our films.”

“Sketchbook” with Walt Disney Animation Studios is produced by Supper Club in partnership with Disney Animation. For Supper Club, Jason Sterman, David Gelb and Brian McGinn are executive producers. For Walt Disney Animation Studios, Amy Astley is executive producer. Sterman, Leanne Dare and Andrew McAllister serve as directors.

The characters and artists featured in the series include the following:

Growing up in San Francisco, Story Artist Gabby Capili's parents wanted her to become a doctor or lawyer, but she had dreams of becoming an artist. In this episode of Sketchbook, Gabby draws "Kuzco" from The Emperor's New Groove, a character she has loved since she was a kid. (Disney/Richard Harbaugh)
Growing up in San Francisco, Story Artist Gabby Capili’s parents wanted her to become a doctor or lawyer, but she had dreams of becoming an artist. In this episode of Sketchbook, Gabby draws “Kuzco” from The Emperor’s New Groove, a character she has loved since she was a kid. (Disney/Richard Harbaugh)

Emperor’s New Groove “Kuzco”
Gabby Capili’s path to Disney Animation began at a young age when she saw her first Disney film in a theater with her father, “The Emperor’s New Groove.” As Gabby teaches us how to draw her favorite character from the film, “Kuzco,” she also shares the importance of following your instincts and being free to let life guide you where you belong.

Hyun-Min Lee is the supervising animator of "Anna" in Disney's Frozen 2, as well as one of the people who helped design "Olaf." Born in South Korea, her dream was to become a Disney animator. In this episode of Sketchbook she draws the character Olaf. (Disney/Richard Harbaugh)
Hyun-Min Lee is the supervising animator of “Anna” in Disney’s Frozen 2, as well as one of the people who helped design “Olaf.” Born in South Korea, her dream was to become a Disney animator. In this episode of Sketchbook she draws the character Olaf. (Disney/Richard Harbaugh)

Frozen “Olaf”
While teaching us to draw one of Disney Animation’s most beloved characters, “Olaf” from the worldwide hit “Frozen” films, Hyun Min Lee shares the joyful wonder of the character and how she channeled personal loss into being a guiding light in her career in animation.

Eric Goldberg joined Disney Animation as the supervising animator of Genie for 1992’s Aladdin. He is considered one of the greatest animators in history. In this episode of Sketchbook, he revisits the character Genie. (Disney/Richard Harbaugh)
Eric Goldberg joined Disney Animation as the supervising animator of Genie for 1992’s Aladdin. He is considered one of the greatest animators in history. In this episode of Sketchbook, he revisits the character Genie. (Disney/Richard Harbaugh)

Aladdin “The Genie”
Legendary Disney animator Eric Goldberg guides us through the steps of drawing his most iconic character creation, “The Genie” from “Aladdin” while learning along the way the levels to which Robin Williams impacted the character and its animation.

Jin Kim is considered the first Korean-born artist to work at Disney Animation. He is known for his drawing influences on Moana, Big Hero 6, Zootopia and Tangled. In this episode of Sketchbook, Jin revisits the character Hook, who he was asked to draw when he first submitted his portfolio to Disney. (Disney/Richard Harbaugh)
Jin Kim is considered the first Korean-born artist to work at Disney Animation. He is known for his drawing influences on Moana, Big Hero 6, Zootopia and Tangled. In this episode of Sketchbook, Jin revisits the character Hook, who he was asked to draw when he first submitted his portfolio to Disney. (Disney/Richard Harbaugh)

Peter Pan “Captain Hook”
Growing up in South Korea, Disney animator and character designer Jin Kim was always fascinated by the villains of Disney’s films. As Jin teaches us to draw “Peter Pan’s” “Captain Hook” we learn that his journey to America and working at Disney almost didn’t happen because of his colorblindness.

Samantha Vilfort has been a Story Artist with Disney Animation for four years, working on Ralph Breaks the Internet and Frozen 2. In this episode of Sketchbook she draws Mirabel, the star of Encanto. (Disney/Richard Harbaugh)
Samantha Vilfort has been a Story Artist with Disney Animation for four years, working on Ralph Breaks the Internet and Frozen 2. In this episode of Sketchbook she draws Mirabel, the star of Encanto. (Disney/Richard Harbaugh)

Encanto “Mirabel”
Disney Animation story artist Samantha Vilfort teaches us how to draw one of the Studio’s newest characters, “Mirabel Madrigal,” from the award-winning hit film “Encanto.” Through her story we learn that her connection to Mirabel’s struggle of being different from everyone else in her family hits close to home.

In his over 40 years with Disney, Mark Henn has been the Supervising Animator of Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Tiana, Mulan, young Simba and more. In this episode of Sketchbook, Mark revisits the character young Simba. (Disney/Richard Harbaugh)
In his over 40 years with Disney, Mark Henn has been the Supervising Animator of Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Tiana, Mulan, young Simba and more. In this episode of Sketchbook, Mark revisits the character young Simba. (Disney/Richard Harbaugh)

The Lion King “Simba”
Storied Disney animator Mark Henn teaches us how to draw one of his favorite character designs, “Young Simba” from “The Lion King.” Through Mark’s story, we learn the importance of never giving up on your dreams, even in the face of rejection.

 

Leave a Comment