Disney+ to Launch Original Series on the Animation Process

Disney+ on April 27 will begin streaming the six-part original series “Sketchbook,” an instructional documentary series exploring the art behind Disney’s famed animated classics.

The series, from Supper Club in partnership with Walt Disney Animation Studios, will provide viewers with an insider’s look into the animation process as studio artists teach them how to draw beloved Disney characters, including 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.

Each episode focuses on a single artist illustrating characters that either they helped create or inspired them to want to be an artist at the studio. The artists also shared their own stories about how they made their way to Disney and their chosen character. 

“This series is an unprecedented look at what it takes to bring these beloved characters to life,” said Jason Sterman, director and executive producer at 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,” said series executive producer Amy Astley, SVP of publicity and communications, creative legacy and brand strategy for Walt Disney Animation Studios. “And within the thousands of artists who have created our 60 films over the last century, every person has a unique and special story. … 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.”