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Ottawa animator draws on ‘a good heart and a good story’JOANNE LAUCIUS, OTTAWA CITIZEN

More from Joanne Laucius, Ottawa CitizenPublished on: December 30, 2016 | Last Updated: December 30, 2016 3:07 PM EST

Ottawa animator Trent Correy worked on Disney’s Zootopia and Moana, both hits in 2016. DISNEY /

Small-time con artist Nick Wild, who happens to be a fox. Flash and Priscilla, the slowest-moving sloths at a very slow-moving licence bureau. And a tattooed demigod named Maui.It’s been a big year for animated films and for Trent Correy. The Ottawa animator worked on Zootopia and Moana, two Disney films nominated for Golden Globe Awards, which will be handed out on Jan. 8.The demigod Maui’s tattoos come alive in the ‘You’re Welcome’ scene in Moana. DISNEY / APOscar nominations will be released Jan. 24, and both films are already getting buzz. Correy, who is back home for the holidays, is not playing favourites. “I love both these movies,” he says.Correy grew up sketching and drawing cartoons. His favourite animation was in the films of the Disney renaissance that began 1989 with The Little Mermaid and led to Aladdin, the Lion King and Toy Story.At Hillcrest High School, he took Grade 9 art, then quit before he was persuaded to pick up a course called “communications technologies.” By early Grade 12, with some prodding from his teacher, Correy was thinking about taking his interest in art and filmmaking and marrying the two in animation. He applied to Algonquin College’s animation program.The first two years of the three-year course focused on technical subjects like life drawing. In the third year, the students produce a short animated film.Correy felt he was one of the weaker artists in the program and had to push himself. “Not a lot of schools teach hand-drawn animation anymore. It’s such as good, fundamental way to learn.”Ottawa has a vibrant animation community — Correy estimates 2,000 people work in the field in the city. His first job was at Ottawa’s Mercury Filmworks, where he worked one summer on a children’s series about a pair of pigs called Toot and Puddle. After graduation, Correy returned to Mercury where he spent two years, eventually moving into storyboarding.He moved to Vancouver in December 2010 and worked for Sony on The Smurfs. It was the first time he worked with computer animation. Correy still doesn’t consider himself to be a technician, even though he works at a computer all day. “I love the drawing aspect. The computer is just another tool, like a pencil. ” Correy first applied to Disney in 2008, setting his sights on the talent development program, an apprenticeship for recent graduates that attracts as many as 1,000 applicants a year. “I always wanted to work at Disney, not Pixar or DreamWorks. It was always Disney animation for me,” he says.Correy sent off demo reel after demo reel. “I applied every time they posted a job. Maybe it was borderline harassment.”

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