Sunday, August 16, 2009

Princess for a Day

On Saturday there was an open casting call auditioning for Character Look A -Likes for Princess Tiana from the new Disney Feature animated film The Princess and the Frog. As I drove up to the Casting Building at 9 AM I found a line of young ladies waiting at the front entrance. I imagined this would be a mob scene but there were only a dozen or so girls waiting. At 9 the doors were opened and everyone filed in. As I sketched a few more young ladies arrived. I was impressed when a gorgeous silver Lexis drove up in front of the building and a leggy slender young lady exited the passenger side and strutted into the building. She had a slender neck, impossibly thin waste and was a dead ringer for Princess Tiana though perhaps a bit to old for the part.
There is another Casting call Saturday evening and another 2 calls on Monday for Prince Naveen and Dr. Fadilier. I have high hopes for The Princess and the Frog. It is the first traditionally animated feature from Disney in over 5 years. I have seen the trailers and I got a close look at one scene. I must say the film looks exciting. So my fingers are crossed and I remain hopeful that the American public can see the value in traditional hand drawn animation.

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