Disney vets turn to Kickstarter for unique animated ‘art story’

LOS ANGELES ( – Disney Animation veterans Aaron Blaise and Chuck Williams have been working outside the studio system for three years, but are turning to Kickstarter to get back in with “Art Story,” an animated feature that sends a young boy and his grandfather on the adventure of lifetime when they get stuck in famous paintings.  ”The thing about studios like DreamWorks and Disney/Pixar, especially, is they tend to grow their directors from within – and once you leave the big studio world and you step out of that circle, to get back in is pretty difficult,” Blaise told TheWrap. “So we decided, ‘Why don’t we step back out and look at it from a different way.”  After noticing Zach Braff and Rob Thomas’ much-publicized success on Kickstarter, Blaise andWilliams decided to be the first to take the same approach for producing an animated film. Like classic family films “The NeverEnding Story” and “The Pagemaster,” the characters in “Art Story” are magically transported into worlds that only exist on paper – or canvas, rather. A meticulous 11-year-old and his eccentric grandfather (left) have to set aside their differences and work together to navigate some of the most famous paintings in the world.  Blaise and Williams have been kicking around the idea for “Art Story” since […]

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