A few years back, 2D Disney animation (ie- “cartoon animation”) was suffering diminishing returns, while newfangled “computer” animation was creating a magical land called Jackpot City. Disney nixed their film animation division after Home on the Range and shoveled time and effort into their CG division, churning out unforgettable classics like Meet the Robinsons, Chicken Little and The Wild.
Luckily, Pixar big man and animation lover John Lasseter (Toy Story, Cars) was put in charge of Disney animation when Pixar and Disney joined forces a couple years back. Lasseter of course realized 2D simply needed charm and story to work– both of which had been lacking and diluted in the end run, and quickly reinstated Disney’s 2D legacy. The first film project out of the 2D rebirth, the bayou-centered The Princess and the Frog (naturally– Princesses is big business, dontcha know), has just received its first trailer.
I don’t know about you, but I’m giving three hips and a hooray for the return of traditional 2D film animation– not because Princess looks particularly good, but because this art form never ever deserved the near death it received.