Disney: Hand-Drawn Cartoons Coming to TV This Summer

Got wind of this, oh, about a week ago, I think. I don’t really recall when, but the idea of hand-drawn (read: manual) animation process being abandoned just makes me feel . . . uh . . . old.


Old-school Disney fans were saddened last week when, at a shareholder’s meeting for the company, Disney CEO Bob Iger said that the hand-drawn 2-D animation for which the studio has long been known — the style that made Walt Disney a household name — was no longer part of the company’s movie plans. Disney’s future cartoons will, as far as we know, be entirely computer-generated.

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But those missing the good old days may take solace in the other half of Iger’s remarks, in which he said: “There is a fair amount of activity going on in hand-drawn animation right now, but it’s largely for television.”

The studio will announce this evening, March 12, at its New York City “upfronts” presentation of the 2013–14 programming schedule, that 19 hand-drawn Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts will debut on television and online…

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