Walt Disney Animation Studios Artist Showcase Book: Bug Zoo by Andy Harkness

I am always fascinated by the opportunity to look behind the scenes at how something beautiful is made. In this case, a short video from the animation folks at Disney allows us to see how artist Andy Harkness put together the children's picture book Bug Zoo.

Bug Zoo tells the story of a little boy who collects bugs and creates his own zoo. He loves bugs, "armored, teeny, leggy, greenie, floaty, wingy, jumpy, springy bugs!" He is very happy with his zoo but what about the bugs? How happy are they?

The story was written by Lisa Wheeler and illustrated by Harkness, a Disney animator who has also worked on many other Disney projects including Pocahontas, Mulan, Lilo and Stitch, Brother Bear, Tangled and Frozen as well as some short films. The book has 40 pages and is recommended for children aged three to five though of course older children who love bugs will enjoy this story, too. I love the fact that the bugs in this book are based on real bugs.  The Disney blog calls Bug Zoo an "uncanny mixture of Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Wallace and Gromit." I call it beautiful.

Watch for yourself this short video, The Making of Bug Zoo, and see how Harkness used clay models to create this children's book:


You can learn more about the book and order your copy from Amazon by clicking right here.

Happy Reading!

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