Using CAPS for Beauty & The Beast

The cg ballroom model. Image source: D23.

Disney uses the pixar-developed Computer Animation Production System (CAPS) system for digital ink and paint. The Beauty & The Beast ballroom dance sequences exemplifies for the use of computer graphics system for animation, where digital features were built on top of hand-drawn animations. The animators at the time still relied on hand-drawing, blueprinting the ball-room and imagining the waltz. Glen Keane, the supervising animator, discussed his stylistic preference to have his characters spin around, in one way or another, that bring them to life. You can learn more at

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