I seem to remember that in 2004, Disney released a film called Home on the Range, which was going to be their last hand-drawn movie ever. Oh, the hand-wringing! Instead of the glorious, natural storytelling produced by magical human hands, we’d now be forever subject to the stories churned out by soulless Animation Robots. Goodbye to cherished treasures like Home on the Range or Oliver & Company, and hello to slick, heartless fare like The Incredibles or Wall-E (it sure didn’t take long for the Animation Robots to spit out a story about a ROBOT!)
This is my sarcastic way of pointing out that no one really misses “hand-drawn” animation. Under the leadership of Pixar, animated films are experiencing a true Renaissance, both creatively and popularly. Turns out that the soul remains when the tools change. And I’m not about to get excited about a film that trumpets regression as its main selling point.
But regardless of what I think, The Princess and the Frog is going to premiere, and will likely be a big hit. It’s a hand-drawn musical adventure set in New Orleans, and is being billed as a return to Disney’s roots. Oh Lord… “musical” + “New Orleans”? It’s going to be jazzy. There will likely be wacky Cajun accents. We must pray that they had the decency not to write a hurricane into the plot.
The Princess and the Frog will be opening toward the end of this year, just in time for Christmas. So if you’re bored of “same-old” crap like an old man who flies his house to South America, you can now look forward to a truly magical and ground-breaking story of a princess who kisses a frog. Yeah!