Untangling The Hairy Physics Of Rapunzel

The secret to animating hair? Physics. Kelly Ward, senior software engineer for Walt Disney Animation Studios, was tasked with bringing Rapunzel’s locks to life in Disney’s Tangled. The hair had to look realistic, but not too real — otherwise Rapunzel would be towing 80 pounds of hair behind her.

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Kelly Ward

Kelly Ward is a senior software engineer at Walt Disney Animation Studios. She is based in Burbank, California.