BURBANK, Calif.--Disney Interactive Media Group invited the press and families onto the movie studio's back lot this week for a special pre-Halloween tour that included a chance to play games like Lego Pirates of the Caribbean, Cars 2: The Video Game, and Disney Universe. Every Hollywood studio is security-conscious in this era of online spoilers, and for that reason (and to preserve the fairytale illusions for kids), Disney doesn't let "non-cast members" behind the scenes very often.
During the back lot exploration, visitors had a chance to explore where legendary Disney films were made. The halls of the Disney Animation Building include a record of art and imagery from the history of the studio's 2D cartoon films.
The halls of the Disney Animation Building are an in-house museum of development art from the studio's films, such as these concept images from "101 Dalmatians." Such sketches were used by animators to render a 2D character from different angles in an animated film.
The streets of the Disney back lot are marked with appropriate signage, including this intersection of Mickey Avenue and Dopey Drive.
The sign terminology (multiplane, ink, and paint) harks back to the height of Disney's 2D animation era, which included films from "Snow White" to "Beauty and the Beast." While Pixar helped to make 3D, computer-generated animation industry standard, the Disney back lot still has the mechanisms in place to produce hand-drawn animation.