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Disney Rotoscopes: animated film stars superimposed with their actors

by | 18th, June 2013

MANY Disney cartoons  were made by Rotoscoping? What’s that then? Wikipedia tells us:

“Rotoscoping is an animation technique in which animators trace over footage, frame by frame, for use in live-action and animated films.”

Here are classic Disney characters superimposed onto the actors who played them:

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Things get reused:


The inventors:



A new process for animating human characters to eliminate jittering on the screen has been developed by the Walt Lantz Cartoon Studios. The new process promotes a smooth, consecutive movement of the screen characters and has given good results in dances by projecting the live action of humans doing a specialty dance. Key positions of the dancers are projected on the rotoscope, and the intermediate action is created by the animators, thereby giving an original technique to the dance. Lantz says that by the new method his studios have animated glamour girls to rival the stars of live action pictures. The new beauties have been formed into a stock company and will be seen in the Swing Symphony series of cartoons. Here, Lantz (right) and James Culhane, director of the cartoons, discuss the action of a dancer on the story board in Hollywood, California on Sept. 11, 1943. The action of a dancer on the story board. The action is all planned before the director gives scenes to the animators. (AP Photo)

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