Brian Kesinger is an American illustrator and animator from California who became the youngest animator in the history of Walt Disney Studios aged 18 and has worked for the company for over 16 years. In love with drawing since a young age, Brian’s parents supported his artistic training throughout his school days. He has worked on big films such as Winnie the Pooh, Tarzan, Tangled and a lot of others, but his work outside of the movie business amazes fans just as much as his animation.
Inspired by the epic space media franchise Star Wars, for his latest project Brian created a magical mash-up universe putting a Calvin And Hobbes twist on everybody’s favorite Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
“Being a kid in the ’80s I was raised on a steady diet of Disney, Star Wars, and comic books, so being able to work on so many amazing films and projects has really been a dream come true,” Brian told The Verge, revealing that he admires Watterson, the creator of Calvin & Hobbes deeply. “I was always amazed at how he could draw anything from cute stuffed tigers to ferocious dinosaurs piloting fighter jets. His inking style seemed so casual and loose and yet the drawings were so solid.”
“I’m not the first to mash-up Calvin & Hobbes with pop culture. I think the difference here is that I went a little deeper with the idea. Once I really made the comparison that Kylo Ren was probably a difficult child much like Calvin, it really resonated with people. The metaphor was solidified when I made Darth Vader Kylo’s imaginary friend.” he added.