Disney Plus Zenimation
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Something many a gaming enthusiast can sit back and enjoy is the ability to turn off sound settings like dialog, music, and other sound effects. Occasionally a physical release of a movie may even include a similar option with an isolated score. These moments can allow a more immersive, and in-depth, visual experience while hearing more of the soundscape. Hearkening back to the days of Fantasia, sans the famous musical scores, Disney Plus has just released a new anthology series called Zenimation that has essentially done just that.

Unplug, relax, and refresh your senses for a moment of mindfulness with Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Zenimation – an animated soundscape experience. Whether it’s baby Moana being called by the ocean, Anna Kristoff walking through an icy forest, or Baymax and Hiro Hamada flying over San Fransokyo, these iconic scenes become an aural experience like no other with the sounds of ocean waves, an icy forest, and soaring flight. Zenimation pays tribute to both the visual and sound artists who have created Walt Disney Animation Studios’ legacy of films.

Created and edited by David Bess. From Walt Disney Studios.

Each episode in the anthology series has a focal point. They can be such things as water, or flight, but also delve into cityscapes along with various types of exploratory scenes. Ranging from five to eight minutes, they incorporate clips from over fifty years of Disney’s films. The sound has been edited down to remove dialog and music while mostly only including environmental effects. Even though there is an obvious emphasis on more recent films, from the 1990s to the present, there are more than a few clips from classics going back many more decades. At a time when most animation or live-action films have a greater focus on explosions, this series offers a different sensory experience.

Peter Brosdahl

As a child of the 70’s I was part of the many who became enthralled by the video arcade invasion of the 1980’s. Saving money from various odd jobs I purchased my first computer from a friend of my...

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