Disney Animation Artist Sue Nichols Maciorowski Passes Away

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Disney Animation Artist Sue Nichols Maciorowski Passes Away
Disney Animation Artist Sue Nichols Maciorowski Passes Away. Walt Disney Animation Studios shared the news via social media, stating “We’re deeply saddened by the passing of Sue Nichols Maciorowski, an influential visual development and story artist who helped define the design and narratives of the films of the Disney Renaissance and beyond.”
Disney continued, “On Beauty and the Beast, she contributed to both visual development and story and created early visual development artwork for Aladdin. From there, she provided character design and visual development on The Lion King, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Mulan and Lilo & Stitch.
On Hercules, she created a style guide that defined Greek design, and supervised the look of the film across layout, animation, effects, color styling and more. The title “Production Stylist” was created for her, as no one had done a similar role before at Disney Animation.
For The Princess and the Frog, she suggested Harlem Renaissance artists such as Aaron Douglas as inspiration for Tiana’s song “Almost There,” helping storyboard and design the stylized sequence. Most recently, she created early character designs of Maui for Moana.”
Animator and Director Eric Goldberg shared, “She will be sadly missed by those of us who had the good fortune to work with her, but her influence on those films will be there forever.””
Our deepest condolences go out to Sue’s family, friends, and fans.
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Featured Photo Credit: Disney/Sue Nichols Maciorowski


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