Prepare to be delighted by amazing art from some of our favorite Walt Disney Animation Studios artists! The annual Walt Disney Animation Studios Caricature Show, which was appropriately held on April Fool’s Day, featured truly magnificent renderings of Walt Disney Animation Studios filmmakers. We’re thrilled to share some of the event’s brilliant caricature art with you, which was recently posted on the Walt Disney Animation Studios Instagram account! Here’s what talented artists Jeff Ranjo and Allen Ostergar had to say about the artistic affair:
“The annual caricature show is my favorite time of year. At every meeting I go to, I try to draw someone. Usually on a small piece of paper. I try to capture the essence of the person. The best is opening day when all the caricatures are revealed. The reactions are priceless!! Sometimes there are caricature wars, but it’s all in good fun. I see it as an honor to be caricatured in the show. Even if it makes you cry.”
– Jeff Ranjo (Moana story artist)
“The caricature show is definitely one of my favorite nights of the year. It’s really fun to see how people react to the way their co-workers drew them! It’s inspiring to see how creative people get with the caricatures: Two people might draw the exact same person but in a completely different style, yet both of the drawings feel like they represent that person perfectly. Seeing how we choose to draw each other usually results in a lot of laughter.”
– Allen Ostergar (Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 animator)
And now, behold these creative caricatures:
Here’s Zootopia director Byron Howard as depicted by Moana story artist, Jeff Ranjo:
That voluminous hair? Fab. (We want whatever mousse that caricature is using!) This drawing is full of fun features, and you can just imagine the personality behind that grinning face. Here’s what Howard had to say about his humorous portrait:
“Jeff Ranjo knows I have a fondness for Keebler cookies… and evil.”
– Byron Howard
Next up is Hyun-min Lee, animator of the upcoming holiday special Olaf’s Frozen Adventure. Her radiant spirit was captured by Andrew Ford, animator of Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2.
The waving hands give Lee’s caricature a friendly, light-hearted vibe, and Ford perfectly captured her smile and hair.
Next are heads of animation for Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2, Renato dos Anjos and Kira Lehtomaki, who are cleverly caricatured by animator Michael Woodside (Olaf’s Frozen Adventure.) Here they are depicted as Wreck-It Ralph characters, Ralph and Vanellope. So creative and cute!
This is what animator Michael has to say about his masterful caricature:
“I’ve always wanted to draw Renato and Kira for the Caricature Show but I never found the right situation to put either of them into. With both of them supervising the Animation team on Ralph Breaks the Internet, I figured it was the right time. It provided the perfect inspiration and it was so much fun figuring out how to design them in the theme of Wreck-It Ralph!”
– Michael Woodside
This next lovely caricature is of Caitlin Dietz. Caitlin works at the Walt Disney Animation Studios reception desk, and her personality is brought to life on paper by animator Allen Ostergar (Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2.)
We love that she’s drawn in her work environment! Here’s what Allen has to say about the inspiration behind his art:
“Every morning I walk into work, I say hi to Caitlin at the front desk, so I decided it would be fun to do a caricature that represents that moment!”
– Allen Ostergar
And now we have the fabulous directors of Moana (and many other Walt Disney Animation classics), Ron Clements and John Musker, expertly drawn as Pua and Heihei by Moana animator, Trent Correy!
Pua is hilariously drawn to have a full beard, thick eyebrows, and glasses, while Heihei has a mustache and oversized spectacles. Amazing. Here’s what artist Trent Correy has to say about his genius caricature:
“It’s been a long tradition to have characters resemble Ron and John in the movies they direct (Aladdin, Hercules, etc.) Since we didn’t have any human characters that resembled them, I always pictured Ron and John as Pua and Heihei.”
– Trent Correy
Want to see more from the Walt Disney Animation Studios Caricature Show 2017? Check out the official Walt Disney Animation Studios Instagram!
If you could be made into a Disney caricature version of yourself, who would you like to be drawn as? Share with us in the comments!