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Fur Grooming
Tech Project

Fur Grooming

Collaboration between Production Technology, Look Development and Technical Animation Teams

July 2019

Fuzzy, furry characters in rich, dynamic environments are a cornerstone of Disney Animation films. Creating believable characters and environments are a challenge that demands a powerful toolset.

Our Fur Grooming process is based around in-house tools such as iGroom and Disney’s XGen, a procedural geometry instancer that allows artists to easily generate massive amounts of arbitrary-shaped geometry on any surfaces using expression-based operators and simple grooming tools. iGroom is an interactive brush-based grooming tool which enables artists to groom characters quickly and intuitively. The combination of these tools creates a robust, yet nimble toolset that artists use to sculpt grooms on characters, which can be easily modified for different types of fur with expressions and effect modules.