Wednesday, March 16, 2011

No hoax: first pictures of the (animated) Loch Ness Monster

Now that Disney owns Pixar, it looks like they're adopting the smaller (but lately more successful) company's wonderful habits: making animated shorts that play in front of their animated features.

Of course, Disney used to do this itself, but has long since dropped the habit. I'm happy to hear the upcoming Winnie the Pooh feature will be preceeded by an animated short, The Ballad of Nessie. The first few images from Nessie were released this week. Let's take a look!

Well, I'm in love already. Not only are we set in Scotland, home of my ancestors, but we have some plaid highlands in the background, very reminiscent of the Scotland scene in the "it's a small world" attraction.

Here's Nessie bathing in what I presume is not actually Loch Ness (unless maybe this is about Loch Ness becoming much larger than a puddle).

A close up of Nessie and a little (rubber?) duck wearing a Scottish tam. OK, Disney. I wasn't super-excited about going to see Winnie the Pooh, but you've sure got my money with Nessie. Please continue the trend!

AND it features music by Up's Oscar-winning composer Michael Giaccino! It's hard to imagine this won't be great.

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