Zenimation is a Disney Plus original series, created by David Bess and composed of 10 episodes that pay tribute to the sound world of the House of the Mouse.

What is it about?

As an anthology, Zenimation is a set of self-contained animated shorts, lasting between 5 and 7 minutes. Each one recovers fragments of classic and modern productions from Walt Disney Animation Studios, which were reissued with the purpose of honoring the sound and visual artists of the company.

The public is immersed in elaborate soundscapes (a different theme for each episode) as you perceive your favorite characters on screen exploring amazing fantastic worlds.

Whether the ocean calls for little Moana, Anna and Kristoff walk through a frozen forest, or Baymax and Hiro Hamada fly over San Fransokyo, these iconic scenes become a listening experience like no other with the sounds of ocean waves, an icy forest, and soaring flight, « exposes an official synopsis of the show.

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Reason for title

As it is perhaps not difficult to infer, Zenimation arises from a combination of the words « animation » and « Zen ». The latter refers to a Buddhist school that seeks spiritual enlightenment through meditation.

Attached to such connotation, the original Disney Plus series has a declared interest in having viewers « tune out, relax, and refresh their senses for a moment of mindfulness » through the immersive experience it offers.

Movies and episodes

Throughout the first season of Zenimation, we will see scenes from Moana, Frozen, Mulan, Tarzan, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Lion King, Big Heroes, The Aristocats, Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast, Lilo & Stitch, Among other films. Check below the title / topic of each chapter, accompanied by a brief synopsis (via):

Toilet (Water) – Explore the sea with Moana, Ariel and Elsa.Cityscapes (Cityscapes) – Visit New Orleans, Mount Olympus, San Fransokyo, and Atlantis.Discovery (Discovery) – Discover the world around you with Elsa, Tarzan and Rapunzel.Flight (Flight) – Fly with Aladdin and Jasmine, Baymax and Hiro, and Cody and Marahute.Explore (Explore) – Explore new places with Judy Hoops, baby Moana and Aurora.Night (Night) – Observe the night sky with Tiana, Rapunzel and Jim Hawkins.Nature (Nature) – Admire the beauty of nature with Simba, Pocahontas and Tarzan.Serenity (Serenity) – Take a moment of calm with Bella, Mulan and Grandma Tala.Water realms (Kingdoms of Water) – Surf with Lilo, cross the Black Sea with Elsa, and restore the heart of Te Fiti with Moana.Levity (Lightness) – Laugh with Flash the sloth, Stitch and Baymax.

Minds behind

The creator of Zenimation, David bess, is someone practically unknown within Disney Animation. Previously, he has served as editor of the animated short film Tangled forever (2012) and worked in the marketing area for the film The Princess and the Frog (2009).

For its part, the producer Amy Astley He was a publicist for feature films such as Wreck-It Ralph (2012), Zootopia (2016) and Wifi Ralph (2018). Astley also produced the documentary series Into the Unknown: Making Frozen 2 (2020) for Disney Plus.

Public reaction

IMDb users have given Zenimation mostly positive reviews. One even described the show as « Perfect for quarantine ».

«Great idea that uses a stunning Disney animation with only natural sounds, no music or dialogue. It helped me appreciate some classic Disney cartoons from a new perspective. It is a relaxing and comforting sight in these difficult times. I hope there is more to come ”, wrote the netizen.

On the other hand, an unfavorable comment stated that it is impossible to relax with the dizziness of the images and the « noisy » of the sound. Be?

Trailer for Zenimation, from Disney Plus

And here is a second poster of Zenimation, on the occasion of its debut in the United States:

Disney Plus Zenimation

Toño Guzmán I have a very bad memory. Out of solidarity with my memories, I choose to lose myself too. Preferably in a movie theater.