Though Disney’s The Ballad of Nessie received it’s official unveiling on Sunday night at the Anima Festival in Brussels, I was lucky enough to catch a glimpse of this little-reported beast on Sunday morning, in its natural habitat of being the short attached to the front of Disney’s new Winnie the Pooh feature.
Sadly, I’m under embargo so I can’t yet tell you what I thought. Over at Animatie, however, Seppe has published his opinions:
The movie is not spectacular, not groundbreaking, there is no story that you secretly hope that you have conceived, but do anyway to touch a nerve. The way the story – using the lovely drawings – appears, evokes memories of the old cartoons of Walt Disney.
In a nutshell, he wasn’t blown away, but he found it very enjoyable. Come back next month to see if I agreed.
Seppe also published this image from the film, showing the titular Nessie midst her ablutions.
What won’t show up in such an image, of course, is the film’s calibre of animation, nor the voiceover, delivered in verse by Billy Connolly.
The toon was directed by Stevie Wermers-Skelton and Kevin Deters, previously responsible for Prep and Landing and the How To Hook Up Your Home Theater shorts. It surely can’t be long until they’re given the reigns on a feature.