Bay Dariz and Phil Earnest’s film celebrates the 2D hand-drawn animation renaissance that began in the late 1980s that was quickly upended by the computer animation explosion that followed; narrated by Ming-Na Wen, the film features Pete Docter, John Musker, Floyd Norman, MacFarlane and many others.
We just got our first glimpse of a new documentary, Pencils Vs Pixels, that celebrates the unique magic of 2D hand-drawn animation and explores how the Disney Renaissance of the late 1980s and early 1990s led to an animation boom that was quickly upended by the computer animation revolution that followed. Narrated by Ming-Na Wen, the film features many of the legendary artists who brought these now-classic films to life as they guide us through the last few decades of animation and into the future o what’s yet to come.
Pencils vs. Pixels is directed by Bay Dariz and Phil Earnest, produced by Dariz and Tom Bancroft, and narrated by Ming-Na Wen. Dariz serves as writer; Shannon Houchins, Noor Ahmed, and Christopher Joe serve as executive producers. Strikeback Studios and Hideout Pictures produce.
Animators featured in the documentary include Seth MacFarlane, Alex Hirsch, Pete Docter, John Musker, Floyd Norman, Jorge Gutierrez, Bruce Smith, and many others.
Check out the trailer… a veritable trip down memory lane with the artists behind some of animation’s most memorable characters:
Source: Strikeback Studios
Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.