GBBP 65: Aaron Blaise

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The Great Big Beautiful Podcast, Episode 65: Aaron Blaise

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This week on the show, we welcome phenomenal artist Aaron Blaise. Aaron is a veteran of Walt Disney Feature Animation, where he worked as an animator and supervising animator on The Rescuers Down Under, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, Pocahontas, and Mulan. He was also co-director of the underappreciated Brother Bear, which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature Film.

Blaise began his Disney career at the Florida studio, in what was then called the Disney-MGM Studios theme park. It’s also, incidentally, where fellow friends of the podcast Tony Bancroft and Tom Bancroft began their careers. They all basically began on the same day.


Since leaving Disney, Aaron has established himself as one of the go-to resources for art and animation tutorials. Take one look at his paintings and illustrations, and you’ll see why art students are clamoring to learn from him.

On this episode, we chat with Aaron about his years with Disney, the legacy of Brother Bear, his move toward illustration and teaching, what drives him creatively, working digitally, and where he’s going next.


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