Grab Your Popcorn – Disney Cartoons Are Coming Back to the Movies

December 3, 2006 · Filed Under Animation Coming Attractions, Disney 

The best animation has always been cartoon animation. By cartoon animation, Dimples means animated short subjects. Feature length theatrical animation is good but the medium shines in the short subject. The good news in cartoons is that Disney is returning to the short cartoon format. From the International Herald Tribune:

After a hiatus of nearly 50 years, Walt Disney Studios is getting back into the business of producing short cartoons, starting with a Goofy vehicle next year. The studio has released a few shorts in recent years, but they were more artistic exercises than commercial endeavors. The new cartoons, by contrast, spring from an effort by a new leadership team at Pixar Animation Studios, now a Disney unit, to put the company back at the forefront of animation, with a form that it pioneered.

2D animation is definitely making a come-back at Disney under John Lasseter. The new cartoon shorts will be produced by animation vetran Chuck Williams. Why would Disney do this? Because 2D animation is the heart of the art. From the International Herald Tribune:

“They allow you to develop new talent,” Williams said in an interview at the Disney studios. “Shorts are your farm team, where the new directors and art directors are going to come from. Instead of taking a chance on an $80 million feature with a first-time director, art director or head of story, you can spend a fraction of that on a short and see what they can do.”

Sharpen your pencils. Develop character driven stories. 2D animation is still the best.

[tags]2D animation, Disney, cartoons, Goofy, cartoon shorts, John Lasetter, Chuck Williams[/tags]



4 Responses to “Grab Your Popcorn – Disney Cartoons Are Coming Back to the Movies”

  1. j on March 13th, 2007 11:34 am

    Disney needs to go back to drawing their movies because there’s more heart in them then in C.G.I films. Filled with a classic story good looking characters annoying songs and little moments of adult humor that the kids won’t get until there older,thats the kind of a disney movie that I grew up with and isn’t C.G.I more expensive and take longer to make. Pixar and dreamworks did a good job but good cartoons like the ones that were made in the 90’s should come back

  2. admin on March 14th, 2007 6:26 am

    We think animation needs to return to the Golden Age of the 1930s, 40s and early 50s. By the 90s, things were already in decline. Nevertheless, this is a move in the right direction.

  3. sarah on May 9th, 2007 8:12 pm

    I like cartoons, and I’m doing a report on cartoons and I can’t find out how the Walt Disney co. animates disney cartoons.
    Can you help?

  4. admin on May 10th, 2007 11:09 am

    Dear Sarah,

    The best reference for you is probably “The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation” by Ollie Johnston. Your library should have this book or they can get it for you through interlibrary loan. It provides a history of Disney as well as a detailed description of how they developed their signature style.

    I hope this helps you.