Disney feature animation going DIGITAL (not closing down as I said before)
About a month ago I sent in an article titled "Disney animation to Close Down". That was actually not a fact but an opinion, and so I should have chosen a different title. Here are more details.
The current classical animation production, "Treasure Planet", looks like it's going to be quite good indeed. The classical animation production being done by the other production unit, "Sweating Bullets" sounds fairly lame to me but it's too early in production to really get any information about it - except that it *WILL* be the last regular animated feature film made by the Disney studios in Burbank.
After these two films currently in production are completed, all upcoming features done on the west coast will be done by computer animation. There will not be another hand drawn feature film made on the west coast by Disney.
I don't know what's going on in Florida, and I don't know what the television side of Disney is doing.
I just came back from watching "Monsters Inc." and while it was a great film, it doesn't look anywhere as beautiful as "Lion King" did. I think we may have finally reached the point where computer animation is cheaper than classical. It had to come someday.
Now before a "Sounds like Hearsay" tagline gets stuck on this - I have personally verified this with three different animators in the Disney feature department, two of which are scrambing to learn 3D and the third is debating retirement.
So those are the facts. Now, in my OPINION, the animation department is closing down. Consider what the "Lion King" would look like in 3D computer graphics and you will understand where I'm coming from on that.
Hopefully that is a bit more clear than my previous news submission. I apologise for the confusion.