The Legend of Tembo – Here are some concept paintings and character designs I created during the Development of The Legend of Tembo

These images are from a film I was co-directing called “The Legend of Tembo”. I am always deeply involved in the design of the films I am directing. I try to create the images that I am trying to explain to people on the crew. I feel it is much better to show than to explain. It gives a clearer picture to the Art Director, modelers, lighters, and animators. This cuts down tremendously on the number of iterations needed to achieve whatever it is we are shooting for this in turn eases the impact on the budget of the film.

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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".

7 thoughts on “The Legend of Tembo – Here are some concept paintings and character designs I created during the Development of The Legend of Tembo

  1. Wow! Beautiful concept art! Such a shame we’ll never get to see the actual film.

    1. I agree.

  2. I remember reading about Hannibal taking going over the Alps with his war elephants as a kid and being so gripped by it. Would have been a brilliant film. The artwork is awesome!

    1. I agree reading up on Hannibal as well. And I saw war elephants on many things, including Khan Kluay which is based on the time when Naresuan the Great of Siam fought to free his people from Burmese. Veyr awesome with some comical (including the rash oens messing with fireworks and the silly Burmese monkeying about onyl to lose and anger their oppressive prince) and sweet scenes (includign the heartwarming reunion between Khan Kluay and Narusean, the first human who treat him as an equal).
      It rock if this filmw as forged.
      I’d zero get pachyderms ridden on. I read it hurts those poor dears, for their backs be zero as strong as horse’s. But some on stories I plan can be allies, coming as tanks and enforcers; inclduign some who help act as tactical advisers.

  3. I wish it had been made a movie. Elephants been my top favourite animals since I was little; thanks to Barbar, Dumbo, Elmer, The Lion King, The Jungle Book, Junglies, Ivor the Engine, The Just So Stories, and documentaries further strengthen by Tarzan, the Ice Age movies, the Jungle Emperor Leo franchise, and Power Rangers (espeically with mammoths, super-elephants and the most iconic of Ice Age giants).
    I’ve also been onto Africa and Asia since I was small. I been onto Asia sicne frist seeing The Jungle Book and Africa since The Lion King.

  4. I’m confuse. WHich time period be this? I know much be set in historical India. Be it the Mughal Empire or some other period?

  5. It rock if Tembo crossover with Ice Age, and also with Tarzan, and also with Brother Bear, and also with The Jungle Book, and also with Dinosaur (2000), and also with Dumbo. I can see the modern pachyderms befriend the Ice Age and Dumbo ones. It be sweet if they do. It also be sweet if the humans from Tarzan and The Jungle Book befriend the Tembo pachyderms (they see animals as equals). It also rock to see the pachyderms befriend dinosaurs, obviously Aladar and Neera, but it rock to see them befriend Baylene Brachiosaur and Eema Styracosaur(instead of seeing monsters, they see them as gentle giants). It also be sweet to see them join in songs and dances.
    It also rock if Tembo crossover with Avartar: The Last Airbender. I see Aang understand them well since airbenders are similar to Shaolin monks from China and Hindus from Inida, revering life as equals. Isntea dof inferiros, he sees equals.
    If Transformers meet them, I see the Tembo ones befriend Optimus Prime. But it especially rock if the Maximals including Optimus Primal and the Dinobots were the first Transformers they befriend (fits with the animal theme)

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