Watch the Making of Disney’s Short Film ‘Feast’

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Disney’s short film Feast was one of the pleasant surprises of 2014. Originally appearing in theaters before Big Hero 6, the short followed a Boston terrier named Winston through whom we see a couple stages in his owner’s life, specifically at meal time. The film’s art style is unique, with CD animation given an extra bit of zing through a slightly exaggerated lighting model. The chief achievement in Feast, however, is Winston himself. The dog moves and behaves in a way that is exaggerated just enough beyond reality to be a perfect animated character.

A short Feast making of video shows some of the development of Winston’s character, and bits of the creation of the overall animation for the short. We’d like to see even more than this — we’d be happy to go through reams of designs that led to Winston’s creation — but this video is a good intro to the process. Read More »

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Baymax may have some competition for the title of “Most Adorable Animated Disney Character Coming to Theaters on November 7.” You see, accompanying Big Hero 6 in theaters is the Disney Animation short Feast, starring a little Boston terrier with a big appetite. As you can see in the header image, he is really freaking cute.

We got a fun little peek at Winston in the first Feast images revealed weeks ago, but now the first Feast preview has arrived to show this hungry dog in action. Hit the jump to see the Feast trailer.

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New Images From Disney’s Next Short ‘Feast’

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A few weeks back, I went to Disney Animation Studios to learn about what the company had in store for this year. That primarily meant Big Hero 6, but we know Disney loves to attach short films to their features. The short film in front of Big Hero 6 is called Feast, and it comes from director Patrick Osborne. Inspired by the 1 Second Everyday concept, Osborne concocted a story involving an adorable dog, the food he eats, and how that relationship can tell a larger story of blossoming love. With a visual style that’s somewhere between Paperman and a Ghibli film, it’s a fast-paced, funny, sentimental short with lots of surprises.

After some curious concept art, your first real look at the Feast short film is finally here. Read More »

Big Hero 6 character images

At the annual Annecy Film Festival in France, Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios have shown off some upcoming work. And while most of the attention went to Pixar projects, Disney used some decorative promo items that gives new looks at its upcoming Marvel Comics adaptation. Check out a few new Big Hero 6 character images below, along with a shot from the short Feast, which will play in front of Big Hero 6 when it hits theaters this November. Read More »

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Walt Disney Animation Studios have released a first look at their upcoming short film Feast. Here is the brief plot description for Disney’s Feast from the studio:

Feast is the story of one man’s love life as seen through the eyes of his best friend and dog, Winston, and revealed bite by bite through the meals they share.

Sounds like a clever and heartwarming concept, which means there should be no surprise to learn that the short is directed by Patrick Osborne (who was head of animation for Paperman and an animator on Wreck-It Ralph, Tangled and Bolt). Hit the jump to find out more information about Disney’s Feast, find out when we will get to see it on the big screen, as well as see the first bit of concept art teasing Winston.

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