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Will Disney Return to 2D Animation?
In an exclusive interview with The Direct, Chris Buck, co-director of Disney's latest animated film, Wish, dropped hints about the potential return to 2D animation for future projects. Despite Disney's recent emphasis on 3D animation in hits like the Toy Story series, Buck expressed eagerness to delve into the studio's original animated film roots.
When probed about Disney embracing 2D animation, Buck enthusiastically confirmed that Wish "was inspired by the legacy [of Disney] and the 2D animation." Noting the characters' "somewhat 2D look," he expressed his belief that Disney will "keep exploring."
Disney's Last 2D Animated Feature
Contrary to popular belief, Disney's final 2D animated feature was 2011's "Winnie the Pooh." Directed by Stephen J. Anderson and Don Hall, the film follows Pooh and friends on a journey to find Eeyore's missing tail and rescue Christopher Robin. With enchanting hand-drawn animation and musical numbers by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, the film resonates across generations, earning $50.1 million worldwide over its $30 million budget.
Widely recognized as Disney's last 2D animated film, "The Princess and the Frog," directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, reimagines the Brothers Grimm's "The Frog Prince." Set in 1920s New Orleans, the narrative intertwines Tiana's culinary aspirations and Prince Naveen's amphibious challenges. Celebrated for its animation, music, and characters, the film introduces Anika Noni Rose as Princess Tiana, Disney's inaugural African-American princess. With Randy Newman's musical touch, the film seamlessly marries traditional animation with contemporary storytelling.
The Future of Disney's Animated Films
While speculation brews about Disney's return to 2D animation, the studio is poised to unveil new installments in 3D franchises, including Mufasa: The Lion King and Frozen III. The recent trailer release of Inside Out 2 has garnered immense attention, surpassing even the views of the highly popular Frozen 2 sequel within 24 hours.