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Treasure Planet

Treasure Planet

I was Directing Animator for Silver’s crew of alien pirates on “Treasure Planet“.  My experience inventing Pegasus‘ movements (in “Hercules”) combining elements of birds and horses gave me a unique insight to figuring out how the aliens were to move.  This required lots of research, imagination, and experimentation. 

Disney Film: Treasure Planet 2002
Disney Film:

Treasure Planet 2002

Birdbrain Mary

Birdbrain Mary was a huge head, a pelvis, and 2 appendages that functioned as either arms or legs, depending on her action.  Fishbreath had a seal-like body and 2 arms with suction cups instead of hands.  Makriki had 4 legs (2 forward and 2 backwards) 2 arms, a long lizard body, and eyeballs inside his mouth.  Turnbuckle had 4 octopus arms, 4 octopus legs, eyes on long stems, and strutted like Robert Mitchum.  There were 8 aliens altogether who were my responsibility.

Stone Sculpture

Hand-animated characters and 3-D camera moves that used the z-axis were some of the challenges on this film.  Combine those technical gymnastics with animating characters with multiple leg configurations and other weird body parts.  Wow.  The entire film was a mind-bender.  And, I really enjoyed the challenge.  

I learned that I could figure out just about any problem I faced.  “Treasure Planet” made me fearless.  

I will try anything with my stone sculpture.  Any stone as long as it is not poisonous.  Weird animals that strike a responsive chord.  Poses that might be risky in stone. Sculptures like “Take Flight” and “A Tree Needs A Bird” required extreme creative gymnastics.

Confidence is power.  So is knowledge.  If you go forward with both, I think it is an unbeatable combination.

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