Disney returns to traditional hand-drawn cell animation

Posted on February 24th 2006 in Disney movies & television

Two years after Disney reported Home on the Range would be its final traditionally hand-drawn animated feature film, the company is reportedly returning to the art with their forthcoming feature, Enchanted, due to be released in 2007.

Enchanted features the voices of Susan Sarandon and Amy Adams and tells the story of a fairytale princess who finds herself banished to New York City. It will reportedly showcase a mix of live action with old-style cell animation.

A rough sequence for the film has already been completed by the veteran animator James Baxter, who is best known for his work Belle in the 1991 hit Beauty and the Beast. Disney expert Jim Hill commented: “Those who have seen this particular piece of rough animation say that it is ‘simply stunning’. A wonderful throwback to the sort of films Disney used to make,” Hill said on his website.

Ironically, Disney’s rumoured return to cell animation may be partly down to the influence of Pixar front-man John Lasseter, who currently serves as chief creative affairs officer at Disney Feature Animation. Despite making his reputation as a champion of CGI, Lasseter is a long-time fan of the older Disney films. “I can’t wait until I can get Disney back to the traditional animation business again,” he said recently.

Source: http://www.jimhillmedia.com/article.php?id=1860

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