Saturday, July 29, 2006

Disney Makes Return to 2-D Animation with The Frog Princess


Variety reports that Walt Disney Feature Animation is developing The Frog Princess, with plans to produce it in traditional 2-D style, rather than the 3-D CGI method that has become ubiquitous recently.

The film is being developed by writer-directors Ron Clements and John Musker (Treasure Planet, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid), who recently rejoined the studio after Ed Catmull and John Lasseter became WDFA president and chief creative officer, respectively, following the Pixar acquisition.

Lasseter has given the go-ahead for the project to be made in 2-D should it get the green light. He has previously said he would like to see Disney use 2-D visuals for the right projects.

The last time Disney made a 2-D feature was 2004's Home on the Range.

Disney's longtime composer Alan Menken is working on music for The Frog Princess.