The Disney Animation team just pulled off a serious feat - "Once Upon A Studio" celebrates 100 years of stories and magic with 543 characters from more than 85 movies and short films with a running time of just nine minutes, and it was all done without any artificial intelligence.
Wanting to keep characters originality as if they had just stepped out of their movie, they used original character model sheets. Animators hand drew about 80% of the characters while the rest were computer generated.
At least 40 original voice actors enthusiastically said yes to returning for this project, and with so many characters in a nine-minute short was a challenge. The first cut was 13 minutes, so the decision on who would rise to the top had to be determined. As for Genie, voiced by the late Robin Williams, it was Robin's original voicework from outtakes that were pieced together for the final outcome with permission from his estate.
"Once Upon A Studio" is now available on Disney+