It’s not like traditional animation is dead. Brother Bear, which was released in 2003, grossed $250 million worldwide. It’s just that Disney has been releasing direct to DVD a lot of mediocre sequels to classic animated films, leaving all of the hype and the impressive theater releases to CG Pixar films. I don’t expect the situation to change much, but there’s always hope that Disney’s latest animated film, The Princess and the Frog, will touch off some kind of revival for traditional animation.
Clips of the film can be seen below. Some parts are unfinished, reminding you that, yes, this was hand-drawn. It’s hard to get a read on the quality of the narrative since it follows a lot of classic Disney conventions. Either way, we should find out upon the film’s release on December 11th.