“When will my reflection show who I am inside?”
– A girl who saved China
Disney is infamous for having plenty of young, beautiful heroines starring in their animated films, most of them being princesses. Of all the Disney animators that have existed, there is one who has made a career of animating several of Disney’s female leads is Mark Henn.
Also, he’s also animated some characters who could be thought of as cute.
He’s even animated his animated short based on the legend of John Henry.
Unlike most Disney animators who worked in California, Henn was stationed in Disney’s other animation studio in Florida which opened in 1989 and closed in 2004.
Being stationed in Florida, he would mostly work on characters that have have been designed and supervised by other animators in California.
However, things changed when Henn was assigned to design and supervise the animation for the female lead of Aladdin. Wanting a new look for this Disney princess, he decided to take inspiration from his real life.
That gig most likely kickstarted Henn’s career of animating beautiful heroines for Disney.
I feel what makes the women Henn has animated so special, is that he makes each woman look and act special. You can’t confuse Jasmine for Mulan, or Tiana for Belle. Each one of these characters has their own look that makes them look pretty in their own way.
Although he’s worked on so many female characters, Henn finds a way to make each one unique and have their own personality.
Disney has made an enormous amount of money off of these female characters, and sometimes these characters get lost in the merchandise. That makes it important to remember who the original characters were, why they are loved, and who made us fall in love with them.
The person that deserves that credit is undoubtedly Mark Henn, and his work is something quite beautiful.