Thank you to Disney for covering my expenses on our press trip where we learned about the animation design process. All opinions are my own.
Our trip to Disney Toon Studios had already been amazing, having had the opportunity to interview Disney Planes Director Klay Hall and Producer Traci Balthazor-Flynn, plus Pre-Vis Development team members Jason McKinley and Thomas Leavitt. But we also sat down with Dan Abraham, Head of Story and Art Hernandez, Story Artist.
Dan and Art walked us through the animation design process for movies. Once the script is written it goes to the story artists and they work from there. There are rare occasions where there is no script as a starting point, but Planes did have a script to work from.