After years of being overshadowed by Pixar’s films, Disney’s animation wing is slowly building momentum with two upcoming films: 2014’s Marvel adaptation “Big Hero 6,” and the fairy tale musical “Frozen,” (concept art for both can be seen above), and successful releases like “Wreck-It Ralph” and the short “Paperman.”
And though Pixar may have received the lion’s share of attention, Disney animation is taking several cues from the creators of “Toy Story,” and “Finding Nemo,” who were brought into the Disney fold in 2006.
The new team instituted management practices that had worked at their pioneering Emeryville, Calif, start-up. They launched a “story trust” of directors who consult on one anothers’ projects, rebooted a defunct short film program to spur innovation and eliminated layers of executives a filmmaker needed to hurdle to get to the studio chief.
Perhaps most significantly, they told artists and animators accustomed to a studio-wide culture of avoiding risk that failure was an inevitable part of trying something new.
Read the full story of Disney’s efforts for its in-house animated studio to once again top the box office over at Movies Now.