Mark Henn : Disney Animator

The ONE day I go and get a root canal during work, this guy shows up at my work for a tour and to meet the staff!

Mark Henn is one of the most famous Disney animators, for title characters and the leading characters.First hired by Disney in 1980, is one of the longest continuosly employed artists at the studio. Henn is well known for drawing female characters, such as Jasmine, Mulan, Tiana, Belle, Giselle, Pocahontas, and Ariel.

“I’m kind of a link to the past, or more specifically, to our heritage in Disney animation, which for 90 years has largely been hand-drawn,” Henn — the lead 2D animator on Big Hero Six and the man responsible for several of your favorite princesses — tells Yahoo Movies in a recent interview. “I’m bringing my expertise as a traditional animator, and I come alongside and partner with the animation supervisors and head of animation, and I work with the CG animators.”

Henn’s first project as a full-fledged Disney animator was the 1983 short Mickey’s Christmas Carol (below), an old-school kind of film that was far more in line with Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty than the techno-anime romp of BH6. Instead of spired castles in fairy-tale kingdoms, BH6 is set in a futuristic, Japanese-inspired version of San Francisco, while a friendly robot replaces helper mice and dwarfs.

In more recent years, he has helped to instruct younger animators how to utilize the principles of traditional animation in CG animation, doing hand-drawn overlays on character poses to better help bring life to the character animation.