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Friday, July 28, 2006

Disney doing traditional animation again

Perhaps I was a bit conservative last Sunday, when I predicted that Disney would announce a traditionally animated, 2-D film project by the end of 2007. The Hollywood Reporter announced yesterday that it has happened already. Sheigh Crabtree writes:

    Disney Animation's new leaders Ed Catmull and John Lasseter may have earned their reputation as computer-animation maestros at Pixar Animation Studios, but now that they are overseeing Disney's animation efforts, they also are interested in exploring Disney's 2-D tradition.

    The studio is putting John Musker and Ron Clements in charge of developing "Frog [Princess]," which promises, according to sources, to put a female spin on the tale of the Frog Prince.

Musker and Clements did "The Little Mermaid," "Aladdin," "Hercules," and "Treasure Planet," their last film for Disney, in 2002.


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