21 Oct

A Day at Disney Toon Studios – Behind the Scenes of Secret of the Wings

Ever wonder how a movie starts as an idea and then comes together to become an entire film?  It takes hours and hours and months and even years for Disney to perfect one of their top notch shows.  Every detail in the movie is pushed to the limit to get just the perfect effect the producers are looking for.  The newest Tinker Bell release Secret of the Wings is no exception.

During a trip to Disney Toon Studios, we had the opportunity to learn about how this amazing movie was made and what specific features were the most important to showcase the emotions and feelings the producers wanted the audience to experience during the film.

I was first brought into a room where I was able to reconnect with Fred Warter, we actually met 2 years ago when he was the Art Director in charge of the Fairy House in Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue.  This time around his big and important role was to get Tink and Periwinkles wings just perfect!  John Lasseter (Producer) wants nothing more than perfection for his films and he knew with Fred’s amazing creativity, the fairy wings would just be perfect.  One may think all it takes is a bit of pixy dust to make wings shine, but with today’s technology there are plenty of options and it could be very easy to go in the wrong direction.  When you watch the film, take a very close look at when Tink and Periwinkle meet, you will see Fred’s amazing and perfect rendition of twinkling fairy wings.

While at Disney Toon Studios, I also had the chance to speak for Tinker Bell herself.  That’s right, I was in a recording studio and had the opportunity to say a few phrases in the movie as Tinker Bell – how amazing is that?  What an experience it was, and what a huge appreciation I have for voice over actors – it’s no easy task!  The movie is created first, and then the actors are expected to sync their words as the characters move their mouths.  Let’s just say, we had a few takes!  It was incredibly fun, and amazing to to then watch myself on television as Tink.  Due to an embargo, I can’t play the clip online, but here’s a pic of me in the studio during the taping.  My “sister” was Rockin’ Mama (she is an old child so both her and I were exited to have a “sister”)!

Here were my lines:

Tink (Me): “Um, I’m Tinker Bell”

Perriwinkle:  “I’m Perriwinkle”

Tink (Me):  “So you must have been at the border?”

After watching the clip over and over, I think my voice is high pitched enough to be any cartoon character! I just need some practice with timing!

We then had a chance to meet Peggy Holmes (Director) and and Michael Wigert (Producer), both were extremely passionate and overly excited about the film (as were we).  The directors explained how they even had snow experts come in to ensure all the snow themes looked authentic.  I personally thanked them for the wonderful story about sisters and how touching the power of sisters are in the movie, not just to see it, but to also actually feel it.   Peggy and Michael even went to far to continue the connection of sisters through the films music – the singers are even sisters. (It’s all in the details and once again, no one does it better than Disney).  I  also passed on how pleased I was that there were no scary parts, this is  extremely important to me and my family.

Last but not least, we met with Ristuko Notani, she is the absolutely amazing character designer.  I met her the first time a few years ago when she was the character designer for Tinker Bell in the Great Fairy Rescue, this time around her project was Periwinkle.  Periwinkles hair was specifically the most important aspect of the design, and comes from the inspiration of a frost flower, (I’m not kidding when they go above and beyond to find inspiration to makes things just perfect).  We then had the chance to have drawing lessons from Ristuko herself, she walked us through a Perriwinkle drawing!  I am no where near an artist, but with her help, my family was able to decipher who the character was suppose to be.  I will however be keeping my day job.  I might be able to be a character voice over, but an artist is not in my future.

I loved going behind the scenes and meeting their the individuals who made this incredible movie happen and learn about how it goes from a thought onto the big screen.  The process seems endless with details however the end result is always priceless leaving the audience is awe.

**DISCLAIMER: THIS IS NOT A SPONSORED POST, I WAS NOT PAID TO WRITE THIS ARTICLE. I DID HOWEVER RECEIVE TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATIONS TO GET TO DISNEYLAND AND IT WAS AWESOME!. THE VIEWS EXPRESSED IN THIS POST ARE THOSE OF MY WEE VIEW AND HAVE NOT BEEN INFLUENCED IN ANY OTHER WAY. PLEASE SEE THE FULL TERMS OF USE.

7 thoughts on “A Day at Disney Toon Studios – Behind the Scenes of Secret of the Wings

  1. How cool is that. I know it isn’t easy because (way back when) I used to be the voice for repeater stations for ham radio. I had to do many retakes.

  2. Oh how lucky you are! I would love to go behind the scenes of an animated movie – especially a Disney one! 🙂

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