More Classic 2D Animation from John Lasseter and Disney

March 12, 2007 · Filed Under Animation Coming Attractions, Animation News 

Disney continues the return to 2D hand-drawn animation under John Lasseter. Neither Disney suit Execs nor Lasseter have provided the reason for the full steam ahead return to traditional animation by the southern California arm of the company but Dimples is happy to see the trend continue. From

Chief Creative Officer and Walt Disney Feature Animation boss John Lasseter had an unveiling for Disney stockholders this week as they met in New Orleans. The shareholders got a first look at preliminary work on The Frog Princess, a return to traditional animation whose main character is not the typical Disney heroine. The film will be a musical comedy set in New Orleans and will be centered on a character that the execs call ‘The Newest Disney Princess’, a young African American girl named Maddy, who will be joining the studio’s franchise line of Disney princesses. The movie will be directed by John Musker and Ron Clements, directors of Aladdin, The Little Mermaid and Hercules. Those animators left the Disney fold several years ago, as the studio was turning away from 2-D traditional animation. But one of John Lasseter’s earliest acts as the new head of Disney Animation was to lure them back. Look for the film’s release in 2009, at which time you can enjoy the score by Randy Newman.

[tags]2D Animation, Disney, John Lasseter, Frog Princess, John Musker[/tags]



3 Responses to “More Classic 2D Animation from John Lasseter and Disney”

  1. Boyke on March 13th, 2007 8:00 pm

    Yeaahhh!!! This is that i’ve been waiting for! Disney’s classical hand drawn animation!!! Miss that thing so much!! Forever classics rules!!!

  2. Evorgleb on March 15th, 2007 3:56 pm

    Yeh I just blogged about this over at Highbrid Nation, check it out if you get a chance. Anyway, it really is about time Disney gave little girls a black princess to look up to. Its long overdue. I also think its great that the film will take place in New Orleans. I’ll definately have to take my neice to the Frog Princess.

  3. admin on March 16th, 2007 6:01 am


    You’re absolutely right. Lasseter seems to be bringing back the great old animation style while, at the same time, trying to bring the storylines and characters up to date. Now, if only it wasn’t a princess, but a fearless warrior leading an army of thousands on a herd of charging elephants, we’d really have something to cheer about.