We received travel and hotel to LA for A Peter Pan Press Day. During our Peter Pan Signature Collection Press Day we spent a little time over at the Disney Animation Research Library, the morgue, aka the Disney archives center. We’ve been to the Disney research library before. It’s much like the Pixar Archives. I’ve been here before many years ago for a re-release of Beauty and the Beast it was my very first press event with the Walt Disney Company and one other time but I can’t remember for which movie. I do however remember that every time I’m there I feel like I’m in the middle of where the magic happens.
Peter Pan Signature Collection released on Digital 5/29 and will release on Blu-ray 6/5.
The Disney Animation Research Library
The Disney company saves as much as they can and what they have saved for the movie Peter Pan is fantastic and was quite the treat to look at. So what goes on at the Disney Animation Research Library and how does it help animators?
How Does Disney Animation Research Library Help Animators?
So an animator might call up the Disney Animation Research Library and say hey I need to see everything for a movie like Peter Pan. The employees at the ARL will ask if the animator can be more specific. It’s their job to help the animator know exactly what they want to see and pull that animation for them. Now, you may say, but I thought you said they are digitalizing all of the animation. Well, for the artwork, there is nothing like seeing it in person.
All photos and artwork credit goes to Disney Animation Research Library.
Peter Pan Original Art Work
What Goes on at Disney Animation Research Library, ARL?
The Disney Animation Research Library houses all of the animation cells, drawing and anything used in the process of creating a Walt Disney Animation production of any kind. They have it all organized and stored for safety. They are currently in the process of digitizing all of the animation. And that is easily accessible by the animators. More about that in a minute.
They do more than digitize the work, they also repair it or send it off to be repaired. They help in curations for museum all over the world. ARL also helps with the creation of the Live Action movies based on the animated features. For example, In The Jungle Book, they used an actual book from the animated movie. A member of the Disney Animation Research Library was on set with the art work the entire time. The art kept here is extremely precious and they keep their eyes on it at all times.
And for re-releases of the animated films, it’s the Disney Animation Research library that helps come up with what will be in the extras or the special features on the Blu-ray. Check out the animation we saw for Peter Pan.