|Born||February 18, 1967|
|Years Active||1990 - present|
- "The biggest challenge for me on that film was just getting the locomotion right. Four-legged walks, trots, and runs can be tricky, especially in the transition from one to another. Getting something to look natural while still getting the acting across can be difficult."
- —Blaise about The Lion King
Born in Burlington, Vermont, Blaise moved to Naples, Florida with his mother and stepfather at the age of eight. Following high school, he attended the Ringling School of Art and Design, where he trained in painting and drawing. From the age of five, he expressed a strong affinity and desire to draw animals. As an illustration major in school, he aspired to create illustrations for natural history magazines such as National Geographic or Smithsonian.
When recruiting season arrived at Ringling, Blaise got leads on two companies that were coming to visit: Hallmark and Disney. Deciding to focus his efforts on painting backgrounds, he prepared his portfolio to show to the team from Disney. The greeting card industry's loss became the animation world's gain, and Blaise won an animation internship at Disney. In 1988, he and five other illustrators relocated to Los Angeles to study with mentor animators as part of an experiment to see if artists with strong drawing backgrounds but no animation experience could adapt to the animation world. Blaise was paired with star animator Glen Keane, and after a frustrating initial two weeks, things suddenly clicked and he was hooked. Following the internship, Blaise was offered a position at Disney's Florida Studios, set to open the following year.
Since then, Blaise has served several key roles in animated films. He was an assistant animator on The Rescuers Down Under, as well as a character animator on Beauty and the Beast and Pocahontas. He later served as supervising animator for Rajah from Aladdin and Yao from Mulan.
Animation of The Lion King Edit
This film was initially difficult for Blaise, who found animating animals to be tricky. He got much inspiration, however, from live animals brought to the studio for the animators' purposes. "I didn’t take any of the Africa trips for that film." explains Blaise. "We did all of our locomotion studies at the studio. Young and adult lions were brought in for us to sketch. It was lots of fun and proved to be a huge asset to both the design and animation processes."
Personal Life Edit
Aaron Blaise is the older brother of Travis Blaise, an animator on the Koda unit, as well as the husband of Karen. Together, the couple have two children, a son and a daughter.
- Aaron Blaise and his brother, Travis, both took part in animating The Lion King. While the older supervised animation for young Nala, the younger served as an assistant animator for Zazu.
Disney Animation Credits Edit
|1990||The Rescuers Down Under||Animation Assistant|
|1991||Beauty and the Beast||Animator: Beast|
|1992||Aladdin||Animator: Jasmine and Rajah|
|1994||The Lion King||Supervising Animator: Young Nala|
|1998||Mulan||Supervising Animator: Yao and The Ancestors|