Disney+ is now streaming ‘Sketchbook,’ a 6-part documentary series about the creation of iconic Disney characters

LOS ANGELES — There’s a new six-part documentary series aimed at teaching you how to draw iconic characters from Disney’s animated films.

It’s called “Sketchbook”.

This new instructional documentary will focus on the artistry of Simba, Captain Hook, Mirabel, Kuzco, Genie and Olaf in six separate episodes.

You can see how they all come to life on screen and meet the people, your teachers, who are behind these iconic characters.

“We wanted it to be accessible and didn’t want it to feel like there was a high cost of entry,” said Jason Sterman, director and executive producer of the series. “The idea that you could hopefully find a pencil and a piece of paper anywhere and be amazed at your own abilities.”

The series also features the artwork of Eric Goldberg, who drew Genie in the 1992 film “Aladdin.”

The beloved character was voiced by Robin Williams.

“Doing the Genie was actually my first gig at Disney, you know? So I kind of landed on my feet there,” Goldberg said. “When people ask questions, it just shows the level of interest they have. They want to know, ‘How was he? Did he improvise most of his lines?’ Yes!”
The exclusive experience will give viewers a new understanding of how these beloved characters come to life.

“When the show is working at its best, it’s not necessarily the main takeaway that you’re learning to draw,” Sterman said. “One of the things we really wanted to explore was the sort of curtain-raiser, if you will.”

“Drawing is our motto at the studio,” Goldberg said. “We absolutely draw first. We deliver it differently if we’re going to deliver a CG movie versus a hand-drawn movie. But, you know, it all starts with the drawings, and I don’t think it’s ever will go away.”

“Sketchbook” is now streaming on Disney+.

The Walt Disney Company is the parent company of Disney+ and this ABC station.

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