Disney’s Chief Executive, Bob Iger, has announced during an annual shareholders meeting that the company has no current plans to make any more hand-drawn 2D animated movies. The format has been overshadowed in recent years thanks to the boom in 3D and CGI animated movies, so this statement comes as no surprise.
Here’s the scoop from Digital Spy:
“To my knowledge we’re not developing a 2D or hand-drawn feature animated film right now.
“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.”
Although this will sadly seem like the end of an iconic era, it is simply a natural progression as the demand for CGI-centric movies increases. Walt Disney Animation Studios have recently enjoyed huge success with their latest 3D CGI animated movie, Wreck It Ralph, which has grossed in excess of $400 million worldwide.
Next up for Disney Animation is Frozen, which is due for release in the US on 27th November and in the UK on 6th December 2013.
Here’s a brief synopsis:
A mountain climber and a young girl named Anna journey through snowy peaks and dangerous cliffs to find the legendary Snow Queen and end the perpetual winter prophecy that has fallen over their kingdom.