Friday, March 8, 2013

It's Official - 2D Animation at Disney is Dead

The Princess and the Frog - Disney's last 2D feature
According to an article in yesterday's Guardian, 2D animation is officially dead at Disney, the studio which took the medium to its greatest-ever heights. At the annual shareholder meeting in Phoenix Arizona, CEO Bob Iger said:

"To my knowledge we're not developing a 2D or hand-drawn feature animated film right now. There is a fair amount of activity going on in hand-drawn animation but it's largely for television at this point. We're not necessarily ruling out the possibility [of] a feature but there isn't any in development at the company at the moment."

It's a sad end to a great tradition. But at least it's official. I am still amazed at the number of animation students who believe that Disney is still in the hand-drawn animation business, and will be hiring animators for 2D features.

We might lament the passing of the medium, but surely the time for wish-thinking is over.


(Editor's note: to find out more about Disney and the end of 2D animation, read our Dinosaur's view.)

And not to say we told you so, but...... "Walt's Dead, You Missed It"


  1. Nahhhhh, someone over there will wake up eventually! (I'll keep that optimistic candle burning for us all, Alex!)

  2. I was teaching a class at the Arts University in Bournemouth and almost everyone in the class wanted to be a 2D animator. I asked them "do you have a trust fund"? They said no. "Do you have rich parents?". No. "So where are you going to find a job?". "Disney", they all said. *sigh*

    1. Wishful thinking propels us I suppose. Amusing though your students think they'll get a job at Disney at that rate, that's like your parents knocking that into your head from day one.

  3. Wasn't 'Winnie the Pooh' the last feature they did?

  4. It was weird. I also asked them "Do you any of you have US Citizenship?". No. How about a Green Card? "What's a Green Card?". "So how are you going to work in the US?". Silence.