From what I had just heard, the Disney company has recently announced that it doesn't have plans on making any more 2-D animated films (at least not currently). You can find articles about this all across the web.
On the one hand, this might seem kind of sad for some. I personally have adored hand drawn animation for years and had seen how far Disney has pushed it for so long. Their art has been a large part of many of our childhoods (including my own), showing us how to convey great stories, great characters, and great art through animation. They have helped us grow, learn, and imagine beyond what we thought we could imagine.
But on the other hand, at least there are other venues for Disney to release something 2-D. It had recently released a sneak peek of a short cartoon called "Croissant de Triomphe," which tells the story of what happens when Minnie’s cafe runs out of croissants, and Mickey must deliver them to her fast, fighting wild traffic and other obstacles across Paris. The link to the sneak peek is here: video.disney.com/watch/croissant-de-triomphe-4d7b3aae690a98650d776d97 It will be part of a new TV series that will premiere on June 28th on the Disney Channel, so that does sound promising.
(EDIT: I realize now that this sneak peek isn't really hand-drawn 2-D, but more like Adobe Flash animation; a mistake on my behalf)
So what are your thoughts on Disney's plan on not making any more 2-D animated films?
First of all, John Musker and Ron Clements are reportedly still working at Disney and still working on an animated feature. Which does not guarantee that whatever they're working on will ever actually be made.
Disney is constantly announcing that they will or will not be doing whatever "from now on." And then, when trends change and tastes change, they change. When Rescuers Down Under did poorly, the company anounced, "No more non-musicals!" So what they announce today is not set in stone.
That said, it is entirely possible that there will be no more hand-drawn animated features. Which is a despicable shame.
Hand-drawn animation is an art form. A beautiful, glorious art form that trumps all other types of animation. Because, when done right, it's alive. Hand-drawn characters are more real, more beautiful, more alive even than live-action. And nobody's ever done it like Disney.
It has nothing to do with my childhood; animation is a significant part of my adulthood. And its loss diminishes the world.
It's too bad that making animated features requires such a huge team. If only it could be done by 2 or 3 people, we'd have all the new features even I could wish for. But it takes a huge company and millions of dollars. So if the big guys are out, then we all lose.
As for that short you linked to, that is not hand-drawn. It's called Flash animation, because it's done with Adobe Flash (already saw the link on another site).
Yes, it has a 2-D look. No doubt, CGI could be done to incorporate all the priniciples of animation which make hand-drawn the art form it is: squash and stretch, silhouette, follow-through, etc. The shading could be replaced with outlines. In short, you could make CGI look hand drawn.
But the current crop of technicians would have to take art lessons. They'd have to learn to draw. No doubt, the expense involved in actually drawing on a computer screen, as opposed to manipulating an image, would quash that idea.
Back to that cartoon--if I wanted to watch somthing that ugly, I'd flip on Nickelodian. Hearing the real Disney voices come out of those things was an experience beyond my power to describe.
Thing is .... they SAY they won't. Which will drive the demand up a whole lot more. So when other studios start to pick up on the demand, Disney will go "Hey, why are we losing money on this other stuff?" and they'll realize that they should continue to make 2-D animation. I, personally, am going to wait and see what happens. Because big studios make big announcements and then sometimes they go "HAHA, JK, JK, WE WERE TOTALLY KIDDING ABOUT THAT!" or some other such thing.
Either way, fantastic movies will continue to be made, I'm sure, but it won't be quite the same as hand-drawn animation. We'll just have to see what happens.
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