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Dream Worlds: Production Design for Animation by Hans Bacher

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MULAN

My Mulan story begins in September 1993. At that time, I was still working in London at Spielberg’s Amblimation studio. I was production designer/art director on Balto. Andreas Deja, a good friend and former student in Germany, now one of the top animators at Disney, had called me and talked about a future project they were planning: China Doll. He explained the showdown between the emperor, Mulan, and her army friend. I liked that ending actually way more than the ending in the final film. It was a mix-up story, where Mulan had to decide between the life of the emperor and her friend Shang. Anyway, that story sounded too good and it was set in China! What an opportunity for designs in a very new style, mysterious, poetic, and exotic. And ...

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