"Disney Animation: The Illusion of Life" is an episode of Disney's Wonderful World. It aired on April 26, 1981. This episode is based on the book of the same name, which was written by Disney animators Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston.


Former Disney child star Hayley Mills returns to the Walt Disney Studio for a look at the techniques of animated film production, with various veteran Disney animators illustrating said techniques.

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  • This episode featured the first announcement of the animated feature film The Black Cauldron (released in 1985), through the use of conceptual paintings for the film. While Hayley Mills says that she will provide the voice of Eilonwy, the role ended up going to Susan Sheridan.



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