... A question came from the floor [of the Disney 2013 shareholder meeting] about the studio’s future plans for hand-drawn animation. Here’s what CEO Bob Iger had to say:
"To my knowledge we’re not developing a 2D or hand drawn feature animated film right now. There is a fair amount of activity going on in hand drawn animation but it’s largely for television at this point. We’re not necessarily ruling out the possibility [of] a feature but there isn’t any in development at the company at the moment."
But this statement all depends on what you mean by hand drawn animation.
I know for sure that there’s at least one feature in development at Walt Disney Animation Studios that will require hand drawn animation in the way that Paperman did. The new film doesn’t quite use the same techniques as Paperman but part of the process, at least as it stands, allows – requires, even – animators to draw images rather than model them.
To my mind, this constitutes hand drawn animation. ...
Brendon C. is parsing words here. So let me define terms and parameters:
A hand-drawn animated feature is a long-form movie that looks like Snow White, Dumbo, Gulliver's Travels, 101 Dalmations, Beauty and the Beast and/or Lion King. Can we agree on that? It's called "hand drawn" because you can see the lines created by artists with pencils, ink pens, and paint brushes. Otherwise referred to as "hand drawn."
With me so far? Good.
Ron Clements and John Musker are developing a feature at Walt Disney Animation Studios, and it has "elements" of hand-drawn animation in it. (That's about all I'm going to say.) Does it look like any of the features named above?
Don't think so. Doesn't even look like Paperman.
So you can say: "Yes! A hand-drawn animated feature!" and be technically ... sort of ... right.
But if somebody goes into a theater thinking they'll see a Disney animated feature in the "Nine Old Men" style, they'll be disappointed. Because it will bear more resemblance to one of the new CG features we've come to know and love.
However. I'm happy to tell you that the studio is working on hand-drawn shorts. But that's a couple of clicks distant from a hand-drawn feature.