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22 April 2012

Animating Rapunzel's hair




"The secret to animating hair? Physics. Kelly Ward, senior software engineer for Walt Disney Animation Studios, was responsible for bringing Rapunzel's locks to life in Disney's Tangled. The hair had to look realistic, but not too real -- otherwise Rapunzel would be dragging 80 pounds behind her. (Credits: Footage courtesy of Walt Disney Animation Studios, Kelly Ward) Viewed 31269 times. 
Kelly Ward, senior software engineer for Walt Disney Animation Studios, was tasked with bringing Rapunzel's locks to life in Disney's Tangled. The hair had to look realistic, but not too real — otherwise Rapunzel would be towing 80 pounds of hair behind her." (link)


Someone shared this video from Science Friday with me this weekend - I'm passing it on for those who wonder "how did they do that?"