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Sketchbook Streaming from April 27 on Disney+

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In the all-new, six-part Original Series “Sketchbook,” from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Disney+ invites you to a one-of-a-kind drawing experience starting April 27. Audiences will get an insider’s look into the animation process as some of the Studios’ talented artists teach them how to draw beloved Disney characters like Kuzco from “Emperor’s New Groove,” Olaf from “Frozen,” Genie from “Aladdin,” Captain Hook from “Peter Pan,” Mirabel from “Encanto,” and young Simba from “The Lion King,” thanks to Supper Club and Walt Disney Animation Studios.

“Sketchbook” with Walt Disney Animation Studios is an intimate instructional documentary series that takes us behind the desks and into the life of outstanding artists and animators as they teach us how to sketch a single iconic figure from a Walt Disney Animation Studios film. Each episode focuses on a single artist who illustrates a character that they either helped design or that motivated them to desire to work at the Studio as an artist. As we learn how to draw these characters, we discover that each artist has their own narrative to share about how they came to work for Disney and their particular character. This exclusive experience, from the makers of “Chef’s Table,” will give viewers of all ages a fresh insight of how these iconic characters come to life on screen while also introducing them to a new ensemble of real-world personalities.

“This series is an unprecedented look at what it takes to bring these beloved characters to life,” says Jason Sterman, director, and executive producer, Supper Club. “We are honored to feature this incredible group of artists who trusted us not only with presenting their skillset, but with sharing their personal, and often emotional, stories with the world. We’re looking forward to audiences becoming inspired to hopefully pick up a pencil and put it to paper themselves.”

“Think back to your favorite films from Walt Disney Animation Studios, whether from our earliest days, the films of our 1990s renaissance or the award-winning films of today like ‘Encanto‘ and ‘Frozen,’ every film starts with an idea, a pencil and an artist. And within the thousands of artists who have created our 60 films over the last century, every person has a unique and special story,” says series executive producer Amy Astley, senior vice president, Publicity/Communications, Creative Legacy, and Brand Strategy for Walt Disney Animation Studios. “It was an honor to partner with Supper Club, whose projects such as ‘Chef’s Table‘ create beautifully captured, intimate portraits of talented people. With “Sketchbook,” our hope is to demystify the art of drawing, making it accessible for anyone who wants to pick up a pencil and paper while deepening an appreciation for the individuals who contribute to our films.”

“Sketchbook” with Walt Disney Animation Studios is produced by Supper Club in partnership with Disney Animation. For Supper Club, Jason Sterman, David Gelb, and Brian McGinn are executive producers. For Walt Disney Animation Studios, Amy Astley is executive producer. Sterman, Leanne Dare, and Andrew McAllister serve as directors.

The characters and artists featured in the series include the following:

Emperor’s New Groove “Kuzco”

Gabby Capili’s path to Disney Animation began at a young age when she saw her first Disney film in a theater with her father, “The Emperor’s New Groove.” As Gabby teaches us how to draw her favorite character from the film, “Kuzco,” she also shares the importance of following your instincts and being free to let life guide you where you belong.

Frozen “Olaf”

While teaching us to draw one of Disney Animation’s most beloved characters, “Olaf” from the worldwide hit “Frozen” films, Hyun Min Lee shares the joyful wonder of the character and how she channeled personal loss into being a guiding light in her career in animation.

Aladdin “The Genie”

Legendary Disney animator Eric Goldberg guides us through the steps of drawing his most iconic character creation, “The Genie” from “Aladdin” while learning along the way the levels to which Robin Williams impacted the character and its animation.

Peter Pan “Captain Hook”

Growing up in South Korea, Disney animator and character designer Jin Kim was always fascinated by the villains of Disney’s films. As Jin teaches us to draw “Peter Pan‘s” “Captain Hook” we learn that his journey to America and working at Disney almost didn’t happen because of his colorblindness.

Encanto “Mirabel”

Disney Animation story artist Samantha Vilfort teaches us how to draw one of the Studio’s newest characters, “Mirabel Madrigal,” from the award-winning hit film “Encanto.” Through her story we learn that her connection to Mirabel’s struggle of being different from everyone else in her family hits close to home.

The Lion King “Simba”

Storied Disney animator Mark Henn teaches us how to draw one of his favorite character designs, “Young Simba” from “The Lion King.” Through Mark’s story, we learn the importance of never giving up on your dreams, even in the face of rejection.