Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Hand-Drawn Disney Fairytales Are Back Again!

Am I the only one who thinks it's about time Disney stopped trying to compete in the CG-animated scene and just go back to making gorgeously hand-drawn 2D animated feature fairy tales?

After all, Beauty & The Beast was one of the best 'cartoons' ever made (I hate using that word for animated features), so good that it was nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. The Little Mermaid and Aladdin were also great fun to watch, though the rot arguably began when they broke out that busty vixen Pocahontas (I always thought Mulan was not too bad though).

Then, Pixar started making waves, and lo and behold, Disney decided that, "Hey look, those Pixar guys are doing so well with CGI, no one wants to watch our 2D animated shoddily-written stories anymore, probably because they are 2D! Who cares if the stories sucked? They're 2D! Let's get rid of the hand-drawn division and get into 3D CG animation already OMG there's big bucks to be made!".

Well, the first one they churned out was that rotten egg Chicken Little, followed by other insipid shit like The Wild (cleverly released immediately AFTER Madagascar), and... see I can't even remember if they made anything else after that.

Anyway, welcome back, Disney. Or more specifically, thanks to John Lasseter, welcome back, 2D hand-drawn animated fairytales.

Behold... The Princess and the Frog!

Now let's see if Lasseter can work his chief creative officer magic on 2D animation as well...

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