The internet is buzzing with excitement as the long-awaited Mary Poppins Returns fly’s into theaters! Go see some beautiful Traditional Animation by Duncan Studio! Animation sequence Director Jim Capobianco, and animation supervisor Chris Sauve. The film was directed and produced by Rob Marshall, “Mary Poppins Returns” also stars Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer and Julie Walters with Colin Firth and Meryl Streep.


Mary Poppins Returns introduces three new Banks children, played by Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh and newcomer Joel Dawson, also features Dick Van Dyke and Angela Lansbury. The film is set in 1930s depression-era London (the time period of the original novels) and is drawn from the wealth of material in PL Travers’ additional seven books.


From Duncan Studios:

Layout Supervisor Lorenzo Martinez, for designing such well composed backgrounds, and Travis Rui , our Background Supervisor for painting such a beautiful world. Also, big kudos to Jason Stovall, our VFX Supervisor for designing a process to create such as believable world.

Congrats to the animators that Duncan Studio submitted, for their Annie Nomination (Poppins)! Animators Chris Sauve, Sandro Cleuzo and James Baxter in the category of “Outstanding Achievement for Character Animation in a Live Action Production” You all created spectacular work on the film, as did all the crew! Also, congrats to Production Designer Jeff Turley for his nomination!




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Lavalle Lee

Lavalle Lee

Lavalle Lee has been creating animated cartoons online since 1999/2000 for his website Many cartoons on the site have gained viral video status reaching millions of viewers online. In 2009, Lavalle started learning hand drawn animation from Don Bluth in his animation classes, as well as attending his Masterclasses in Arizona. He has also personally studied animation and visual effects from Veteran Disney animators in Orlando, FL.

Lavalle is widely known in the animation industry as the creator of the website. After seeing that most animation sites were about all types of animation, not any specific to classical hand drawn animation, Lavalle knew Traditional Animation needed to be represented online. has become the leading website and social media account for all things 2D. The website served as inspiration for “The Traditional Animation Show” in which Lavalle was both producer and host.

His partnership with Don Bluth began when he championed the Dragon's Lair Indiegogo campaign as lead project manager, editor, voice actor and in-betweener. The campaign reached $730,000 dollars to produce a 7-minute pitch video. In 2017, Lavalle brought the idea of creating a school to Don Bluth, and Don Bluth University was born. After a decade of learning from Don Bluth and working together on multiple pitches and business ventures, Lavalle accepted the position as Vice President of Don Bluth's new company Don Bluth Studios.


  1. Elisa
    December 19, 2018 at 12:49 pm — Reply

    Mary Poppins?? And it’s 2D

    • December 31, 2018 at 9:18 pm — Reply

      I’m not sure why it says it’s 2D. It’s mostly live action…

  2. December 26, 2018 at 5:21 am — Reply

    Great to see Mary POPPINS Returning to 2D Animation. Wishing animators (Chris Sauve, Sandro Cleuzo and James Baxter) good luck in the category of [ “Outstanding Achievement for Character Animation in a Live Action Production) ]. May they win. Looking forward to seeing the movie now (trailer is good).

  3. Marci
    December 26, 2018 at 7:42 pm — Reply

    Big Kudos to the director who brought this all together, Jim Capobianco!!! Without him, this would have never been so great.

  4. Milo
    March 6, 2019 at 10:03 pm — Reply

    I love hand drawn animation!

  5. Ink and Painter
    January 6, 2022 at 7:02 am — Reply

    Loved this movie! My kids watch it over and over.

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