Disney is no longer making hand drawn animated feature films. For now...
At the moment, no hand drawn animated feature film is in the works at any of the Disney Animation Studios. But they are still working on a few television shows.
If you happen to be a fan of the classic Disney Animated Feature Films, like myself, then prepare yourself for some very sad news. At an annual shareholders meeting in Phoenix, Arizona this past Wednesday, the Chief Executive of the Walt Disney Company Bob Iger said that none of the Walt Disney Animation Studios are currently working on any 2D feature length films. Accroding to Bob
Mr. Iger's statement does hit home for fans of classic cartoon movies, but there is a silver lining in his words. He says that they aren't making any 2D movies "right now," implying that they may go back to the format somewhere in the future. So in about 10 years, after the next few CG Movies are released, Disney might hit us with a 2D Fully Animated Feature Nostalgia Trip. I'm hoping for a 2 hour road trip movie with Mickey, Donald, and Goofy.
A contributing factor to Disney's decision to stop 2D animated movies may be the poor box office draw of their two previous animated films The Princess and the Frog and Whinnie the Pooh, both earning $267 million and $33 million respectively. Yes, those are big numbers, but those figures pale in comparison to previous 3D animated films Bolt ($310 million) and Tangled ($590 million). So believe it or not, it was all about the money.
So, if you were waiting for a new 2D animated film after 2011's Winnie the Pooh, then prepare to keep waiting. For the time being, it seems that any animated film coming out of Disney will be 3D animated instead of the classic, traditional hand drawn 2D animation that most of us grew up with. If this news hasn't shattered your soul too much, perhaps you can find the time to watch Disney's new 3D film Frozen, which based on Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale The Snow Queen. The film is set to release November 27, 2013.
So, g1's, what do you think about all this "news" from Walt Disney? Do you agree with this decision? Do you prefer classic 2D animated films of the past, or are you a fan of the full blown 3D Computer Generated films? If the 2D animated movies were to make a comeback, what would be the best way to approach Traditional Animation's Comeback?