VIDEO - Traditional hand-drawn animation returns in 'Happily Ever After'

Apr 05, 2017 in "Happily Ever After"

Traditional hand-drawn animation is making a come back in an unexpected place - at the new Magic Kingdom nighttime spectacular 'Happily Ever After.'

The 18 minute show will feature fireworks, lasers, special effects and projections - where the newly animated scenes will come to life on Cinderella Castle.

Check out this new video to hear from long-time Disney animators Randy Haycock, Mark Henn and Eric Goldberg on creating animation for 'Happily Ever After.'

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Article Posted: Apr 05, 2017 / 12:03pm EDT
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hpyhnt 1000Aug 22, 2019

Not saying the Castle Cake was a good idea or attractive, but you have to admire how much they embraced the concept and transformed the castle (the front of it anyway). Even looking at this picture I can't help but smile; it's oddly endearing in that "They really did it!" sort of way. As @MisterPenguin said above, certainly no chance we'd see anything as ambitious now because it would screw up the projection mapping. And at least it was actually temporary, unlike certain other "temporary" icon embellishments that long overstayed their welcomes.

SteamboatJoeAug 22, 2019

12 year old me thought it was cool 🤷‍♂️

MisterPenguinAug 22, 2019

My guess is that all such enhancements will never be done again. It would seriously mess up the projection-mapping of the fireworks shows.

monothingieAug 22, 2019

Please tell me they aren't going to cakeify the castle again.

MisterPenguinAug 22, 2019

A new 50th fireworks was the default rumor until HEA did so well that, according to insiders, they started toying with the idea of just tweaking HEA. Now that they just threw together two new projection-mapped shows this year for Halloween and Christmas... it's easy to see them deciding to make a new show just for the 50th that will be all about the 50th.

Notes from NeverlandAug 22, 2019

HEA is an outstanding show. If true, hopefully a new offering would truly be an improvement rather than just something different for the sake of being different.

monothingieAug 22, 2019

monothingieAug 22, 2019

End of the month needs to boost the clicks.

cjkeatingAug 22, 2019

That site is churning out more unsubstantiated rumours than normal this week.

marni1971Aug 22, 2019

Not really

AJH219Aug 22, 2019

That will never happen

gerararAug 22, 2019

Shhh, be careful of what you say around here...but I totally agree!! 😛😉 My wishlist is just perimeter fireworks nightly for this supposed new show, even if it's just the side launches directly adjacent to the main launch. Also, they somehow have to top the grand finale with Tink we have currently....You Can Fly!!!!

AJH219Aug 22, 2019

It would be tough to top the greatest Magic Kingdom fireworks show ever created. But if executed properly, I wouldn't be opposed.

eddie104Aug 22, 2019

I think that site may have meant a special fireworks show just for 50th which they have done in the past but maybe if it's successful it will stick around longer.