Commentary Specialty: Character, Music, Legacy, Story
Favorite Disney Film: Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Favorite Disney Parks Attraction: Pirates of the Caribbean (Magic Kingdom)
Favorite Disney Quote: “I do not make films primarily for children. I make them for the child in all of us, whether we be six or sixty […] In my work I try to reach and speak to that innocence, showing in it the fun and joy of living; showing it that laughter is healthy; showing it that the human species, although thoroughly ridiculous at times, is still reaching for the stars.”
Like the heroine in her favorite Disney movie, Jen is a bookworm, dreamer and adventurer who wanted more out of life in the small town she grew up in. Her passion for Disney – their animated films in particular – sparked at a very young age and hasn’t gone away since. Jen Seggio became an honorary CommentEAR when she was asked to take part in the commentary for the Special Edition of “Pocahontas” in 2016. She has also been featured in the commentary for “Pinocchio”.
Jen’s father owned a video store in the years when Disney was releasing its best films to VHS, giving her no shortage of classics to inspire her artwork and wild stories. It wasn’t until she received the Platinum Edition of Snow White and watched every second of the making of features that she learned what went into the creation of an animated film. From there, nothing would convince her that this wasn’t the path meant for her. While studying Illustration at the Fashion Institute of Technology, she presented a storyboard of a potential children’s book to her class, which ended up being a smash. This breakthrough inspired her to pursue the art of storyboarding, and she was mentored by story artists Dan Shefelman and Moroni Taylor of Blue Sky Studios for the rest of her education. It was also during this time that she briefly ran away to Walt Disney World to join the Disney College Program, where she plundered galleons and dueled many a buccaneer as a Pirate of the Caribbean.
Jen currently does freelance graphic design and storyboards for burgeoning filmmakers and the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival. In her free time she develops ideas for children’s books and films, writes movie reviews for her blog Up On The Shelf (which also hosts a retrospective of the greatest animated series Disney ever created, Gravity Falls), and enjoys the best random crazy humor Youtube has to offer.