It's the same old story you've heard a thousand times before: boy featureless, anthropomorphic mouse-like creature meets girl featureless, anthropomorphic mouse-like creature; boy featureless, anthropomorphic mouse-like creature falls in love but girl featureless, anthropomorphic mouse-like creature gets kidnapped by evil train.
Disney's newest short film, "Blank: A Vinylmation Love Story" may have a few twists in it, but at its heart, it is a traditional story of self-discovery through love.
Blank and Bow are toys that were mistakenly left unpainted in the factory, but find their true colors when Blank must go on a journey to rescue Bow, who has been whisked away on a train.
"At its core, 'Blank: A Vinylmation Love Story,' is a story about individuality, self expression, and making a difference in the world," the movie's executive producer Margaret Gilmore said at the movie's premiere.
Another one of those twists noted in a Disney blog about the movie: 3D printing.
Disney used a MakerBot Replicator 2 to make the trains used in the stop motion movie.
"MakerBot was super cool because we were able to get the trains printed for us in three different sizes, and then our guys went to work decorating them and painted them to look exactly how we wanted," the movie's producer Matt Wyatt said. "What that allowed us to do was interchange those trains seamlessly from one shot to another. When you're working with stop-motion, you change the scale depending on the scope of the shot, so our different sized MakerBot printed trains allowed us to do that easily."
The film crew also used their Replicator 2 to make many of the props for a short film called, "Cranes in Love," which they shot to go along with the release of Blank.
"3D printing has long been used in movies and with special effects, but it is not often that 3D printed items are used in the final production film," MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis said. "It's pretty exciting to have Disney recognize the versatility and quality of 3D printed props made on a MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer and use them in their final animated short film."