First Images from Disney Animated Short THE BALLAD OF NESSIE

     March 14, 2011

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Disney has released the first images from its upcoming animated short film The Ballad of Nessie.  The short was directed by Stevie Wermers-Skelton and Kevin Deters (Prep & Landing) and centers on the Lochness Monster contending with greedy land developer MacFroogle who wants to build a golf course on top of Nessie’s home.  To be fair, a Loch Ness monster would be a killer obstacle.

I like that they’ve gone with a hand-drawn look for the short and I’m even happier that Up composer Michael Giacchino will be providing the music.  The Ballad of Nessie will open this Spring in theaters in select international markets and will play in front of Winnie the Pooh, which opens July 15th.  Hit the jump to check out the images along with a synopsis.

Here’s the official synopsis for The Ballad of Nessie:

Set in the “bonny blue highlands” of Scotland, “The Ballad of Nessie” is a whimsical and colorful tall tale about the friendly Loch Ness monster, Nessie, and how she and her best friend MacQuack the rubber duck came to live in the moor they now call home. Setting the adventure into motion is a greedy land developer named MacFroogle, who decides to build a mini-golf empire on top of Nessie’s home.

Directed by the Emmy® Award-winning team of Stevie Wermers-Skelton and Kevin Deters (“Prep & Landing,” and the 2007 Goofy short “How to Hook Up Your Home Theater”), “The Ballad of Nessie” is animated in classic Disney hand-drawn style.  Written by Wermers-Skelton, Deters and Regina Conroy, the film is produced by Dorothy McKim and Tamara Boutcher, and features a musical score by Oscar®-winning composer Michael Giacchino (“Ratatouille,” “Up”).  Animation on “Nessie” was supervised by five of Disney’s top talents: Andreas Deja, Mark Henn, Randy Haycock, Dale Baer and Ruben A. Aquino.  Scottish comedian Billy Connolly narrates the film.

“The Ballad of Nessie” hits the big screen with Walt Disney Animation Studio’s latest feature film “Winnie the Pooh,” which opens in theaters in select international markets in Spring 2011; the U.S. release date is July 15, 2011.

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