Friday, August 04, 2006

A Bit More on Traditional Animation's Return


As had been reported a number of times, including here, when John Lasseter was announced as the new head of all things creative at Disney, one of his promises was to bring back traditional, pen and ink-based animation to the studio. The man has kept his word.

Late last week, Lasseter announced the first 2-D film entering the production queue is entitled The Frog Princess. It’s based on a traditional Russian folk tale and, like great Disney films of the past, will be a musical. Longtime Disney directors Ron Clements and John Musker (Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules and Treasure Planet) have been tapped to be writer-directors. Another longtime Disney associate, Alan Menken, will compose the musical score.

Lasseter also went on record that hiring Clements, Musker and Menken was one of his first priorities when he assumed creative control of the Mouse Factory.

As the film is currently in the crudest form of development, there’s no truly official release date set for this film. Most mavens figure it will probably hit theaters sometime around late 2008 to 2010.

No matter what, animation fans are jumping for joy over the news. One can’t blame them.

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