Recently formed Legacy Animation Studios has begun pre-production on an animated short film entitled LUCKY, and, a la Bill Plympton and his HAIR HIGH or Fathom Studios DELGO, Web surfers can watch the production in progress with an online production journal (www.legacyanimation.net/lucky/
). The film will be animated with traditional hand-drawn animation, and is the first project for this group of animators and artists formerly employed by Walt Disney Feature Animation Florida.
LUCKY is the story of a four-leaf clover who is down on his luck. As Lucky passes through a small town he brings a little good fortune to the people he encounters, only to experience a bit of misfortune for each piece of good luck he bestows.
Its the story of luck from a clovers perspective, says Legacy Animation md Eddie Pittman. LUCKY is a unique story thats both funny and heartwarming. We hope to capture the appeal of the classic Disney shorts of the thirties and forties.
Short films are widely considered the best calling card for aspiring moviemakers looking to move into features, comments Pittman. This holds true for animated films as well as live action. Even the undisputed leader in feature animation, Pixar, continues to hone its artists skills by producing short films, according to Pittman.
LUCKY is an opportunity to tell a story through pantomime. Its pure visual storytelling, says Legacy Animations creative director David Nethery. "The importance of making our own film at this point is to remind ourselves that, despite being perceived as down on our luck, we really have been handed a unique opportunity to continue to practice the art and craft of traditional animation on our own terms, while never forgetting the wonderful legacy that we have been bequeathed by the animation giants upon whose shoulders we stand. "
Via the Web, Legacy Animation is offering a front row look at LUCKY pre-production artwork, storyboards and animation samples, as well as comments from the artists themselves, as the studio in Winter Garden, Florida launches enthusiastically into its first in-house project.