Disney has released some new details on the upcoming second season of “Zenimation”, which is coming to Disney+ this coming Friday.
“Zenimation,” is a series that creates a mindfulness soundscape experience with scenes from the timeless films of Walt Disney Animation Studios, returns for a new season. In the second season, Disney+ subscribers can enjoy moments from over eight decades of acclaimed films –including scenes from Disney’s first feature“Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” all the way through to never-before-seen moments from“Raya and the Last Dragon.”Unplug, relax, and refresh your senses with the soundscapes of Disney Animation’s “Zenimation,” a tribute to the visual and sound artists who have created Disney Animation’s legacy of films.
The second season of “Zenimation” features eight short-form episodes as well as a “play all” long-form episode and was created exclusively by Walt Disney Animation Studios for Disney+. “Zenimation” returns June 11, 2021.
The second season will consist of the following episodes:
Step into the rain with Simba, Bambi and never-before-seen footage from “Raya and the Last Dragon.”
Experience the comforts of every day, morning to night, with Tiana, Anna, and Dumbo.
The wonders of nature as seen through the eyes of Pocahontas, Mufasa, Alice, and others.
Witness the power of transformation with Pinocchio, Kida, the Beast, and Te Fiti.
Enjoy the scenic waterways of Kumandra, Mt. Olympus, Motunui, and Atlantis.
There is so much greatness in kindness, as we can learn from Moana, Baymax, Aladdin, and Vanellope.
Enjoy the peace and stillness of snowy days with Bambi, Thumper, Tigger and Rabbit.
Arendelle, Paris, Kumandra, New Orleans, from forests deep to castles far away.
Full Journey – All Episodes
Enjoy this long-form edition of Zenimation Season 2.
Just as with the first season, season two celebrates the visual and sound artists behind the decades of legendary films from Walt Disney Animation Studios. New to season two –the episodes delve even deeper into the legacy of films, including never-before-seen scenes from the latest Disney Animation film, “Raya and the Last Dragon,” as well as exploring classics such as “Bambi,” “Fantasia,” and the film that started it all, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”
The series creator David Bess said
“We were blown away by the response to the first season and wanted to make certain season two both captured and expanded upon what audiences enjoyed. We had previously only used those titles in which we had the ‘audio stems,’ which is to say those titles where the sound was mixed in a way where we could separate the sound effects from the dialogue and music. For season two, our incredible sound designer, Shannon Mills, not only enhanced the existing sound design in the films, just as he did for the first season, but often had to recreate it from scratch, for the older titles like ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.’ The respect Shannon has for his fellow sound designers from throughout the history of Disney films runs deep and is evidenced in the care he and his team took with this season.”
Mills, who returns to “Zenimation” season two having recently led the sound design team of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ critically–acclaimed feature, “Raya and the Last Dragon,” had first worked with Disney Animation in the early years of his career as an apprentice with Gary Rydstrom on the film “Hercules,” and went on to be the sound designer of the Academy Award®–winning feature, “Big Hero 6.”
“This show is a sound designer’s dream in that we can really showcase the artistry of sound design. In animation, nothing is given to you by accident; every sound effect is placed there by an artist, and this series highlights that craftsmanship.”
When it came to scenes from some of Disney Animation’s greatest classics, Mills says,
“Where we didn’t have the original sound design on a separate track for certain films, we did our best to re–create the charm of the original. Where we were creating sound design for scenes that did not originally have sound design, including key scenes from ‘Fantasia,’ ‘Pinocchio,’ and ‘Cinderella,’ we did our best to evoke the sound design of the time as we would imagine it to be. All of this done with the highest respect for those sound artists who came before us.”
In fact, Mills and his sound design team had exclusive access to the library of Disney Animation sound effects created by Disney Legend Jimmy MacDonald. MacDonald, who is probably best known as the second voice of Mickey Mouse, having been cast in the role by his boss (and previous voice of Mickey), Walt Disney, was the Disney Studios’ head of the Sound department for nearly 50 years, beginning in the 1930s. Among his films are “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Dumbo,” “Cinderella,” and “Sleeping Beauty.” Says Mills,
“We utilized sounds originally created by Jimmy and his team in this season of ‘Zenimation.’ It was a deep and humbling connection to the past to get to work with these now–digitized original recordings.”
Just as with season one, each episode embodies a theme. Executive producer Amy Astley said:
“This is where David Bess’ encyclopedic knowledge of Disney Animation’s films, combined with his incredible skills as an editor, make each episode something special. I love episodes like ‘Everyday Comforts,’ where David takes the viewer through the course of a day as seen by a host of Disney Animation characters. David really finds the common threads in our films in such clever ways.”
The first season of “Zenimation” is available on Disney+ now and the second season arrives on Disney+ on Friday 11th June.
Are you looking forward to the second season of “Zenimation”?