What!? I’m really disappointed in this news. A March 7 article from The Guardian broke the news.
"To my knowledge we’re not developing a 2D or hand-drawn feature animated film right now," said Iger. "There is a fair amount of activity going on in hand-drawn animation but it’s largely for television at this point. We’re not necessarily ruling out the possibility [of] a feature but there isn’t any in development at the company at the moment."
The news will upset fans of traditional hand-drawn animation, who had been cheered by the revival of the form under John Lasseter, the Pixar boss who also became Disney Animation’s chief creative officer in 2006. Lasseter told a London audience for a 2009 screening of Bolt (a CGI animation) that he had re-hired many of the animators who were ditched by the previous regime because of the emergence of computer-generated technology in the 1990s.
"Unfortunately 2D became the excuse for poor storytelling," said Lasseter, who pioneered the CGI animation revolution with Toy Story in 1995. “The general consensus was that audiences did not want to watch hand-drawn animated films, which is of course completely ridiculous. The day I stepped in we got in touch with these guys and set about bringing back the artists that Disney had laid off.”
It’s a shame, because like Lasseter said, the excuse is that it’s not in the taste anymore, which is nonsense. I did love Tangled and Wreck-It Ralph, but I also enjoyed Princess and the Frog. I find it a poor decision to stick with one type of medium. Though 3D can look wonderful (see anything from Pixar), there’s a whole other beauty in 2D animation. I grew up on it. Lion King and Little Mermaid just wouldn’t feel the same in 3D. Hell Paperman was stunning
I do hope this changes, because it’s silly to write off an entire type of filmmaking. Maybe Pixar will shock us with a stunning 2D film sometime soon.