MULAN Animators Tony & Tom Bancroft Interview #DisneyOzEvent #Mulan
During my whirlwind of a trip to LA for the #DisneyOzEvent last month, one of our stops was at the Hyperion Bungalow located at the Disney Animations Studios. Here we enjoyed a delicious (and suiting) Chinese lunch and then were graced with the presence of Tony and Tom Bancroft, adoringly known as the Bancroft Brothers. Twins. Former Disney Animators that took the time to share a little bit about their background as well as looking into the creations of such classics as Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and The Emperor’s New Groove. Of course with the release of Mulan/Mulan II – Combo Pack Blu-ray 15th Anniversary Edition, we got to hear some great inside secrets of the film as they drew some of their beloved characters while they spoke.
Tom is the supervising animator of the fun loving character “Mushu”, and Tony is the director of the Mulan. They were both so fun and entertaining to interview!
As for Mushu – he wasn’t going to draw some simple dragon. Tom did research on dragons for hundreds of hours. It was news to me that Chinese dragons don’t look like the typical scaly reptile like creature I would think, but they are rather long and slim and have whiskers. That is why Mushu looks like he does.
*I was invited to this awesome event as a guest of Disney but all opinions are my own!
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