Coming to families Aug. 11 is a grand present for us all with “Walt Disney Animation Studios Shorts Collection” on Bluray.
This collection brings iconic characters such as Mickey Mouse in Get A Horse! and an early Christmas with Prep & Landing: Operation Secret Santa. Also, the return of Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Sven and Kristoff in Frozen Fever.
Families will also be introduced to amazing storytelling such as a dog you will fall in love with every time in Feast or never look at cats the same way again with Lorenzo. Dragons are always an animation favorite and will continue to be once The Ballad of Nessie is seen.
Pasqual and Max return into for a wedding with Tangled Ever After!
I had the amazing opportunity to speak with Aimee Scribner who has co-produced Frozen Fever with Peter Del Vecho along with directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee. She also produced Tangled Ever After with director Nathan Greno and head of story Mark Kennedy.
Thanks so much for talking with me today Aimee. I think what you have done is amazing with this collection and your part in it is wonderful.
It’s a labor of love I can tell you that.
How did this all come about, you’re part in the shorts.
I was reflecting on it and thinking about this great collection. What is unique about it is I have two shorts that are both extensions of films that I had been working on. When you make these films you fall in love with these characters and have a bond with the artists and filmmakers involved. Then the movie opens and you send them off into the world. For TANGLED and FROZEN it was a family reunion because I get to work with the people who worked on these features. It’s a great way to extend the storytelling so that’s sort of the way it worked with both TANGLED and FROZEN. Of course with FROZEN, for all of us that were blown away by its phenomenal success, it was just fantastic to work with Bobby and Kristina Lopez and the cast. It was so much fun.
How long did it take you to come up with the ideas for the shorts?
The ideas for both came rather quickly. For TANGLED, interestingly enough, the real royal wedding was happening between Prince William and Kate Middleton. I think we knew people would want to see them get married but we didn’t want to make a short about them getting married. The wedding was the frame and we wanted to have fun with Max and Pasqual and the chase for the rings was the filmmakers wanting to have fun with that. It got more and more ridiculous as the two chase the rings through the town. For FROZEN, director Chris Buck use to, around the holidays, do this very cool thing with his kids. He would tie their gifts to a piece of string and he and his wife would thread the string all around outside and inside the house. The kids would go on a hunt to find the presents so that idea was used. It’s Anna’s birthday and Elsa wants to create fun and that storyline came out of Chris’ real life.
You hit on it perfectly, when we go and see these wonderful films, we don’t want them to end. We want them to go on a little bit longer. You’ve given us a sweet gift of your imagination and you framed it in a way that I wouldn’t have imagined.
Great, we are doing our job then.
Yes, you are!
We call it surprise and delight.
I think it’s so much more than that. I’ve watched them twice and I’m just a fan of good storytelling and animation and you’ve taken it to another level.
It’s fun to share all of these, especially the ones that haven’t been out before. We got to experience them here in the studio but to be able to have them out in the world is really exciting.
When this was coming together, the whole collection, did you all get to come into a room to throw out ideas?
I knew about them because I’ve been here for twenty years so I was excited that we were going to be putting them into a collection. We had talked about it in years gone by and one of my favorites, Lorenzo, is from 2004. The first time I went to the film festival was when Little Match Girl was premiering there. I have seen all of these be made and I’m a huge fan of the shorts program so I’m delighted that we are releasing our first ever collection.
When you are putting together pieces like this, I don’t think people realize how many people are actually involved in putting it all together. It’s not just ‘hey here is an idea’, how long did it take to go from concept to final for TANGLED and FROZEN shorts?
It is a mini-movie and it has teams from story to animators and lighters and post production. For both of these they were under a year. What we try to do with our shorts program is fit it in the cracks when our crews are in between feature work. Sometimes the schedules are availability of the teams but for the creative process I believe TANGLED was February and finished in November and with FROZEN FEVER we started in the summer and finished by January. They are both under a year, it’s the same amount of creative steps but you are not producing as much.
I would think you also have other things going on as well.
Yes, especially with FROZEN, the team really never stopped working on it.
With a collection like this, are you hoping this will be something that continues?
This is a collection over time so when we have the next group of fantastic shorts I can imagine we would do it again. We try to do a short for each movie release when we can. I think it will be a few years out before a collection would even be ready.
Do you look forward to having shorts in front of the films?
We crew loves working on the shorts. They are happening at the same time but with different teams. I think it’s so nice that we are able to the give audience that little extra something with the release of a feature so we love doing it. I think everybody who works on them really, really enjoys them. It is a different pace and it’s different if you are doing something original like Paperman or Feast.
Oh goodness, Feast gets me every time I see it.
I have a dog named Winston so I’m kind of disappointed that I didn’t get to produce that <laughing>. I love that short. I think the crews get to do something experimental and something different. I think they enjoy them so much.
When people are watching these shorts, what do you want them to take away knowing about what you do?
If something like TANGLED and FROZEN, if the audience is delighted to see these characters again, and spend time with them, like you said a little present after the movie and they are enjoying being in that world, then that’s what we all hope for.
Well, thank you for our little presents!
There is so much to see that you will want to watch the Bluray again and again with amazing bonus features as Filmmaker Intros: The filmmakers behind the shorts share their journeys and introduce their films, @DisneyAnimation: A Short story on Shorts: Continuing a legacy starts in the earliest days of the Studio by Walt Disney, the Shorts Program thrives today.
Hosted by actor/comedian T.J. Miller, the viewer will be introduced to artists and filmmakers who are responsible for these amazing shorts and finally Runaway Brain (1995) is a DMA Debut short film originally released in 2004 and nominated for an Academy Award.
The Bluray includes Frozen Fever, Feast, Get A Horse!, Paperman, Tangled Ever After, The Ballad of Nessie, Tick Tock Tale, Prep & Landing: Operation Secret Santa, How to Hook Up Your Home Theatre, The Little Matchgirl, Lorenzo and John Henry.
On Aug. 11, bring home the Bluray of the “Walt Disney Animation Studio Shorts Collection” with the move moving, charming, endearing, loveable and touching shorts films that the whole family will absolutely love.
Disney brings us a wonderful world once again!