4 mind-blowing Disney animation secrets

Woodie from Toy Story and Alladin with Jasmine on a flying carpet from Disney animations
(Image credit: Disney / Future)

Disney has produced some of the world's best-loved animated films. From traditional hand-drawn 2D animation to photorealistic CGI, and from Steamboat Willie to the upcoming Moana 2 and Mufasa: The Lion King, it has brought a host of memorable characters to life on the big screen and continues to delight audiences.

Behind this vast collection of movies lies a whole range of animation techniques. But several secrets that have emerged over the years that have really surprised us. As we await the release of Inside Out 2 next month, here's our pick of the most surprising Disney animation secrets we've covered (for inspiration for your own work, don't miss our expert character design tips and our piece on Disney's 12 principles of animation.

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Joe Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news, features and buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment and software for creatives, from video editing programs to monitors and accessories. A veteran news writer and photographer, he now works as a project manager at the London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives. There he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing visual content and design assets for the hospitality sector. He also dances Argentine tango.