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Here are some random exploratory drawings done VERY early in the process of making Brother Bear.

These were the very first exploratory drawings of Kenai.

This guy was written out of the movie.

Griz originally had a much bigger role in the film. Here I put together some rough model sheets for the story board artists.

About Aaron Blaise

For 21 years Aaron worked with Disney helping to create some of the greatest animated films ever made. During that time he worked as an animator or supervising animator on "The Rescuers Down Under", "Beauty and the Beast", "Aladdin", "The Lion King", "Pocahontas", "Mulan" and more. In 2003 he was co-director of "Brother Bear" for which he earned an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature Film. After "Brother Bear" he helped to develop several projects but ultimately left Disney to pursue an opportunity back home in Florida. Aaron recently served as 2D Animation Supervisor and Character Designer for the "The Bear and the Hare" an advertisement loved by millions around the world. He is currently also working on a new animated short film, once again involving bears called "Snow Bear".

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2 thoughts on “Here are some random exploratory drawings done VERY early in the process of making Brother Bear.

  1. It’s nice to see artwork that I never saw at the studio, great sketches Aaron!

  2. Off course the final animated feature is a real pleasure to look also! But these drawings are really strong! Isn’t it helpful when a director is the great artist (and animator) on his own?

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