Aug 7th, 2008 by Matt
After the flop that was the 2004 film: Home on the Range, Disney announced that it would be dropping 2-D animated films in favor of 3-D. The thinking internally was that Disney’s recent string of flops could be attributed to the audiences general dislike of the “old techniques”. Animation fans around the world gnashed their teeth in protest. To us, it was quite obvious that what the Disney films lacked wasn’t the glossy sheen of the third dimension, but the wonderful storytelling that Pixar had been spoiling us with for years.
Ironically, it was the acquisition of Pixar Animation studios in 2006 that would mark the triumphant return of 2-D animation at Disney with John Lasseter and Ed Catmull leading the charge.
The Princess and the Frog is the first traditional 2-D film since the original announcement and the animation community is watching nervously and hoping that this film is all we hope it will be… So far, things are not looking good for this film because frankly, the teaser bores me.
I don’t like putting my hater pants on this early in the game, but come on. What the heck is this thing Disney is giving us? I was confused and annoyed by this teaser the whole way through. I don’t know if it was the music, or what I feel is the lack of real genuine emotion in the performance, but this is supposed to get me excited about seeing this film? Bah! Let’s hope we see some better stuff soon or I fear that this film will not be the box office success that we are all hoping for.