Lion King 30th Anniversary Stream: New Nala Animation

Celebrating The 30th Anniversary of The Lion King!

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width= WOW! This summer marks the 30th Anniversary  of Disney’s The Lion King!

This movie literally changed my life!
And it was not just me… the movie changed the ENTIRE ANIMATION INDUSTRY!

So, I didn’t want to let the occasion go unmarked! 

This week I did a new public live stream on my YouTube Channel where I shared stories from the making of the film, answered viewer questions and created some new animation of young Nala – The character I designed and animated for the film!

Give it a watch below:

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I also thought it might be fun to collect some development images from the making of the film.
Plus, there is a video below of a rough pencil animation test that I did!


If you like this type of content, please leave a Comment Below and I will make more.


– Aaron

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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".

2 thoughts on “Lion King 30th Anniversary Stream: New Nala Animation

  1. I can’t say how much it means to see this, CAT team; it’s a beautiful story that brings so much more meaning to her. One of my earliest memories is pausing my Lion King VHS on Nala’s scenes to draw her. I would sit in front of that frozen image and do my best; of course it must have been scribbles, but I just remember the joy it brought me and I hold on to that until this day when I pick up a pencil. You taught me to love drawing 25 years ago.To see this and learn about her relationship to your daughter makes Nala all the more special. Thanks for sharing, this is why we make art.

  2. Make more! This is pure joy. I’m saving those dollars to sponsor Snow Bear with that lifetime membership.

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