Disney’s “Zenimation” has returned with a brand new season, consisting of 8 new episodes with various themes, including Rain, Natural Wonders, Transformation and many more. It doesn’t have any music, it doesn’t have any story, as the whole idea of these shorts is just to relax and listen to the background sounds. If you’ve ever watched an ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response) video on YouTube, then this is for you.

Each short features a wide range of scenes from the huge collection of films created by Walt Disney Animation Studios, including major films like “The Lion King”, “Bambi”, “Lilo & Stitch”, “Frozen” and the most recent release “Raya and the Last Dragon”.

The animation is superb, since it’s just a collection of many of the greatest animation films ever. The quality of the audio is top-notch, perfectly catching every little sound, like an insect’s wings, the sound of rustling paper and much more.

Disney has also released a video where all of the shorts have been edited together into one longer video, making it much easier to relax when you pop this video on for a longer relation period. I’m glad they released this simultaneously as the rest of the shorts, as Disney didn’t do this for the first season, and it was rather distracting having to keep going back into the menu to pick the next short.

I only have one real complaint about “Zenimation”, and that’s the black borders throughout the short keep changing since the films were all filmed in different ratios, which have changed over the decades. While I understand why they vary and we have huge black borders around some of the scenes, it does tend to jump around so much, it’s a little distracting.

This is a very different style of video format for Disney, it’s not for everyone, and I myself didn’t find it relaxing. I do however often listen to soft Disney instrumental music in the background while video editing, as it helps me focus. I tried using “Zenimation” for the same reason, and I didn’t find it helped. But if you like listening to background noise to help you relax, you should give this a try.

It’s not for everyone, but “Zenimation” is a unique and creative idea that has a target audience. It’s not for me, but I can at least see why people will enjoy it, and it’s very well edited together. So give it a whirl; you’ll either love it or think it’s odd and turn it off!

Rating 3 out of 5.

Roger Palmer

Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom. Email: Roger@WhatsOnDisneyPlus.com Twitter: Twitter.com/RogPalmerUK Facebook: Facebook.com/rogpalmeruk

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  1. TJ June 13, 2021

    I really appreciate that they decided to keep the original theatrical aspect ratios and really smoothed out the transitions. On a projector, the transition is really almost imperceptible and only opens op the matte for widescreen shots without making full screen shots feel crammed. The only complaint is that some scenes still really only prioritize newer CGI films of the recent years even if older films might be more fitting for the theme. They really included a lot of older films this time (even Make Mine Music, which is ominously absent from Disney+ and has been omitted in recent keynote presentations and poster galleries entirely). All save 7 or 8 films are featured and hopefully will appear in a future season. If Disney Animation manages to balance their library of materials between old and new and center around a theme more clearly, these tributes will continue to feel amazing to watch and revisit for artists, and fans. Gorgeous artwork from the Black Cauldron’s deep forests and impressive castles are missing, for example, while Arandelle gets shots from 3 angles in one montage. And there’s only so many times you’d like to see baby Moana on the beach when there are so many impressive water scenes yet to be included from the past century.