Rough storyboards from Mulan by French comic artist Regis Loisel. Loisel worked on Mulan for two weeks in 1995. In these two weeks he apparantly created an enormous amount of inspiring artwork.An impressive selection of this art can be found on the blog of production designer Hans Bacher. (The greatest online source of Mulan-art.) These images are also from Hans Bacher’s blog.
These rough boards show the dramatic destruction of a village by the Huns. Unlike what’s normal for feature animation these boards were not done on seperate sheets. You have to “read” these boards down from the top, starting with the left row and ending with the row on the right. (And not from left to right in the way you would read a comic book.)
I love the introduction through the crows, the stuffed animal is a bit of a cliché but it does illustrate the horrible events that happened in the village, without showing any graphic violence (in a way that works in a Disney family-film) before ending where we began: with the crows. Inspiring stuff.