“The character design of Flynn came from the process which was called the “hot man meeting” by Nathan Greno and Byron Howard, during which they set up a meeting with all of the female employees of the studio in one room and asked them for their opinions of what made a man good looking in order to create Flynn’s character design with features such as eye color, hair color and style and body type. Video footage showed concept art and photos of various male celebrities, including Johnny Depp, Hugh Jackman, Brad Pitt, David Beckham and Gene Kelly on the walls of the room. Director Byron Howard said they wanted to make Flynn “the most handsome, most attractive male lead Disney has ever had.”
"The hot man meeting" is now my second favorite animation design story, after the one about how Pixar animators working on the Dug team for Up had “fat dog day” where they basically went to a shelter and were like “please bring out your fattest dogs,” and then they hung out with the fattest jolliest available dogs, all day.
man would i love to be a pixar animator
Let’s highlight the bar Disney set, that the Flynn animators had to raise:
THE HOTTEST OKAY.
Snappy dresser, our Philip.
Also a snappy dresser! Bonus points for rolled-up sleeves.
Way hotter as a beast, and you’re lying if you say you don’t agree.
Foxy prince of our hearts.
Yes, much of it is his voice. But he also speaks squirrel, which is handy!
YES HE IS THE VILLAIN STILL HOT
Makes up for in ‘cute dog’ what he lacks in what we humans like to call ‘personality.’
Makes up for in personality what he lacks in a cute dog (or rolled-up sleeves).
WAY more fun that fussy boring Robert. (Who is also hot, fine.) Seriously, which of these two guys would you rather spend the rest of your life with? The guy who’s always rolling his eyes at you? Or the guy who’d skewer a bus for you?
And last but not least - he’s not a Disney prince, but he still gets my vote for one of the hottest animated guys ever. Is it the rolled-up sleeves? The broken-and-badly-set nose? The awful 90s haircut? Who knows? Who cares.
So, what do we think? Did Disney do it with Flynn? Did they make the most attractive Disney dude ever?