Thursday, May 3, 2007

Thank You, Disney. Thank You, Thank You!

According to a USA Today article, in the very near future, I won't have to import my cartoons from Japan. And don't tell Snuffles I said that.

Disney is returning to 2-D animation now that we're all sick of the 3-D stuff. Not only that, but Disney is returning to its habit of blending cartoons with live actors with their upcoming movie, Enchanted. Following that, they'll be releasing a modern take on The Princess and the Frog.

Even if these new cartoons are lousy, the return of Disney's animation department can only be good news. Hopefully, it will mean an end to the constant role of bad CGI films, at least for a while. Maybe it will even mean, someday, a 2-D cartoon adaptation of Kingdom Hearts. That's almost certain to be lousy, but I'll watch it anyway. Maybe Disney will even consider a film adaptation (or three) of Bone.

Don't forget you heard it here first. The article is an interesting read, including some links to other articles and some speculations about why 3-D superceded 2-D and why 2-D might come back. Take a look. It's by Susan Wloszcyna:
Once upon a time, Disney 2-D animation ruled. But those days are more over
than Sanjaya on American Idol.

The treasured tradition that includes Snow White and the Seven
Dwarfs
, The Little Mermaid and The Lion King was eclipsed
at the box office and in the hearts of moviegoers by the arrival of digital-age
dazzlers Shrek and Ice Age, done by rivals. [more...]

Oh, and speaking of Bone, that next essay should almost certainly be up this weekend, barring major mishap.
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