... "People have been declaring stop-motion dead for a generation," says Mr. Knight. "But living in the digital age, people appreciate the art of craft, or working with your hands." ...
You could replace the words "stop-motion" with "hand-drawn" and have the above quote track equally well.
But of course, hand-drawn has been an underachiever at the world box office during the last few years, so it doesn't get a mention. But Laika has found success with its first stop motion feature (Caroline). And Tim Burton, Henry Selick and some of the Mouse's corporate hierarchy -- visions of the box office for The Nightmare Before Christmas dancing in their eyes -- want to make more stop motion entertainments.
But maybe the fact that hand-drawn animation has gone into a commercial swoon in recent years is the major reason stop-motion is now the favored sub-genre in feature animation. Added to which, it has a passing resemblance to high-grossing CGI.