Disney Animator Robb Pratt Creates Stunning Superman Fan Film


Robb Pratt is a veteran animator who works at Walt Disney Animation Studios. His works include the films Pocahontas, Hercules, Tarzan and Fantasia 2000, as well as the TV shows Kim Possible, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Kick Buttowski.

Pratt is a huge fan of Superman, and has created Superman Classic, an animated short film that he calls a ‘Super Fan Film’. The short is a traditionally animated piece that combines classic elements from Superman through the ages.

In designing the characters, Pratt says that he mixed the traits of the Superman actors from past titles. The Metropolis scenery is heavily inspired by the architecture of Hugh Ferriss, while the film’s music is taken from the 1948 Superman serial composed by Mischa Bakaleinikoff. For the animation work, the storyboards were done digitally, but the character animation itself was hand-drawn on paper before each frame was scanned and digitally colored and composited into the backgrounds. Clark Kent/Superman was voiced by John Newton, who played the character in the first season of the 1988 Superboy TV series, while Lois Lane was voiced by his wife Jennifer.

It’s an amazing piece of animation, and I would love to see more of it. Check it out, below:

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