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Friday, February 9, 2007

Disney News: Hand Drawn Animation and Toy Story 3

Looks like Disney is going to go back to some old ways of doing things. They're going to try and make hand drawn animation popular again with an unconfirmed roster of new movies.
On top of that, "Toy Story 3" has been announced for a 2009 release, but John Lasseter, the director of the first two, will not be directing it. Instead he's handing the project over to co-director Lee Unkrich of "Toy Story 2". "Monster's Inc." and "Finding Nemo". Tim Allen and Tom Hanks will be returning to voice Buzz and Woody. Michael Ardnt ("Little Miss Sunshine") will be writing the script.
Well i hope Disney succeeds in bring back hand drawn animation. It's an art I still greatly respect, but it seems its been left in favor of the new CG animation, which is a darn shame really. On the other hand a lot of Disney's last few hand drawn films were pretty poor. Remember the days of "The Lion King", "Aladdin" and the Academy Award nominated "Beauty and the Beast"? Disney's animated films have not been up to the calibar of films like those since then. If they want to bring back hand drawn animation, they're going to need something as big as those. Otherwise the most we'll see of hand drawn animation is on television series.
As for "Toy Story 3", I loved the first too and welcome another. Hopfully the change in director won't hurt too much.

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