It's a Small World the Animated Series
The main inspiration for It's a Small World's character designs is the UPA aesthetic: clean and graphic shapes, and from the ride's use of patterns and symbols.
I designed the children, who are from a variety of countries, knowing that each episode would have them in a new outfit, so in order to ensure they were easy to identify, I maintained their palettes and other distinctive visual cues such as vertical stripes for Ashley and two buttoned shirts for Harald.
The series' unofficial mascot, Wazoh, went 360 degrees from the first drawing to a complete different direction exploring other colors and shapes, finally settling on a design very close to the original designs he had.
The decision to keep Small World a peaceful place with no antagonists came after Richard Sherman, who co-wrote with his brother the famous song for Walt Disney when the ride was being constructed, also wrote our theme song, On Our Merry Way, told us that It's a Small World was written as a prayer for peace, and was followed by the observation that the ride had no adults. However, we developed characters Mr. Balloon and Gale to serve as parental figures, or perhaps as grandparents, so that the world felt safe, and that there were no questions about why there were no adults in the show.
- Episodes: 10
- Views: +1,000,000
- Distribution: Youtube, Disney.com, Disney Channel, Roku
- Role: Associate Art Director