A lush, illustrated pastiche of well-known fairytale imagery drives the main title sequence for Walt Disney Picture’s highly-anticipated new film Enchanted, created by yU+co, the three-time Emmy nominated creative design studio founded by Creative Director Garson Yu. Kicking of the holiday movie season, Enchanted opens in theatres on November 21.
“We always challenge ourselves to create something that people haven’t seen before, to combine different storytelling techniques and layers of animation to come up with a new way to tell a story,” comments Yu. “The narrative will drive us to a new look and that’s what’s most rewarding. For Enchanted we took a very organic approach, using hand-drawn illustrations and a watercolor look to tap into the iconic fairytale world of imagery and create a playful narrative that blends elements from the film with broader fairytale symbolism.”
Enchanted, directed by Kevin Lima, is a classic Disney animated fairytale that turns into a modern, live-action comedy. It follows the beautiful princess Giselle (Amy Adams) as she is banished by an evil queen (Susan Sarandon) from her magical, musical animated land and finds herself in the gritty reality of modern-day Manhattan.
The yU+co created title sequence begins with an overhead shot on the cover of a 3D animated storybook with the title “Enchanted.” The camera then zooms into the cover and thrusts viewers in a magical world of fairytale lore. Set against the weathered leather background of the book cover, stunning camera moves take us in and out of the imagery, which transitions seamlessly from flowers to fairy wings to a princess kissing a frog and more. Tying it all together is the elegant typography that seems to envelop each scene like vines on a plant.
According to yU+co Art Director Synderela Peng, the piece feels so authentic because early in the creative process they brought several freelance illustrators onboard who drew much of the imagery by hand. Those drawings were then scanned into the computer and composited with other 2D and 3D elements created by yU+co.
“We took inspiration from traditional children stories, as well as original Disney animated classics, but nothing too specific because we didn’t want it look like something you’ve seen before,” said Peng. “Kevin also directed the Disney film Tarzan so he is very literate when it comes to animation and design, and because of that he was a great person to work with. Our instincts matched very well.”
Recognized as an industry leader in design and motion graphics with offices in Los Angeles and Hong Kong, yU+co (www.yuco.com) specializes in TV show opens and network graphics packages, main and end titles for film and television, trailers, theatrical logos, and commercials. For more information contact: Dianna Costello, Director of Business Development for yU+co. (323-505-6060). The company is represented for commercials on the west coast by MUTT, Los Angeles (310-990-6100); on the east coast by John Naitove (212-633-6211) and in the midwest by Donna D’Aguanno (312-953-7029).
Client: Walt Disney Pictures
Project: Enchanted main title sequence
Design/Animation: yU+co, Hollywood, CA
Creative Director/Art Director: Garson Yu
Executive Producer: Claire O’Brien
Art Director/Designer: Synderela Peng
Designers: Synderela Peng, Martin Surya
Animators: Alex Yoon, Gary Garza, Chris Coogan, Andrew Gura, Adam Neuman
Illustrators: Ron Yavnieli, Dean Tschetter, Collin Fleming
Shake Artist: Rob Cribbett