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May 132013
 

Walt Disney Feature Animation, Dreamworks, Film Roman, and more.

 

Today’s guest is Dreamworks Animator Larry Flores.

Larry and his wife Marcie

Larry and his wife Marcie

 

During the Animation Renaissance….

I met him at Walt Disney Feature Animation back  in 1995 when we were both doing clean-up animation on Pocahontas. Larry was on Pocahontas full time, I was just helping out in the evenings because during the day I was assigned to The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Larry is a very talented artist.  He delivers exceptional work and he does it  quickly! Two things that all animation productions require. Larry is a class act. He  has always been cool, talented, hard working and nice.

 

a news article about how Disney has finally begun to hire Mexicans.

a news article about how Disney has finally begun to hire Mexicans.

 

 

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Mexican Muralist.

Larry  left the animation business for a few years and fell back on his engineering expertise. He made a great living painting decorative murals in the homes of the well to do.

Ceiling mural by Larry Flores

Ceiling mural by Larry Flores

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Wall mural by Larry Flores

 

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This is the preliminary sketch Larry did before painting the mural above.

 

I don’t know what it is about walls but Mexicans love to paint on them! We don’t care whether it’s a beautiful mural like one by Diego Rivera….

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….or  a gang tag like something by a guy called Li’l Puppet.

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 Back in the Animation Business.

but recently got sucked back in when he was asked to contribute his pencil on the Dreamworks film “Me and my shadow”  an upcoming hybrid feature slated for release in spring 2014. The film, which is about a shadow that takes control of its owner’s actions, will combine CG and hand-drawn animation, the latter which will be used for the shadow animation.

 

Dreamworks recently shelved Me and My Shadow

Dreamworks recently shelved Me and My Shadow

 

Check out some test animation Larry Did for Me and my Shadow as well as some pencil tests from his days at Disney.

LARRY FLORES ANIMATION TESTS

 

Sounds good doesn’t it?

In animation things are subject to change without pity.

In animation things are subject to change without pity.

 Disaster Strikes!

But then, the  proverbial “shit” hit the proverbial “fan.”  Thanks to the bad box office performance of The Guardians,  Dreamworks got cold feet and…..

Check out the show if you are wondering WTF?

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Enjoy the show!

 

R.

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