There is just something about hand drawn animation compared to CGI that just rings of quality and nostalgia when it is done right. The Disney studio of course has always done it best, but in the last few years, it seemed to have become a lost dinosaur, with Pixar studios (which is owned by Disney) becoming practically the only source for Disney animation. Now don't get me wrong, what Pixar does is excellent and their box office take and awards prove that. I never pass up a Pixar movie when it is released.
Still, when I think of Disney my mind drifts to Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Fantasia, and my personal animated favorite, Pinocchio. When you watch one of these hand drawn classics, your mind can easily be overcome with awe at the art that you see before you. These films, as well as being highly entertaining are indeed masterworks of art.
What prompted Disney to take a step back in time to return to the wonderful world of hand drawn animation? Beats me. Perhaps the execs that run Disney know that this is truly the legacy of Disney and to forget it would be a shame.
At any rate, judging by this full length trailer, Disney has a sure fire winner on their hands. The animation is exquisite and it seems that at the same time has provided the film with the type of humor that modern day kids and tweens seem to love. Don't believe me? Watch this trailer and see for yourself.
This is what TrailerAddict.Com had to say about the film:
Walt Disney Animation Studios presents the musical The Princess and the Frog, an animated comedy set in the great city of New Orleans. From the creators of The Little Mermaid and Aladdin comes a modern twist on a classic tale, featuring a beautiful girl named Tiana (Anika Noni Rose), a frog prince who desperately wants to be human again, and a fateful kiss that leads them both on a hilarious adventure through the mystical bayous of Louisiana.
The Princess and the Frog marks the return to hand-drawn animation from the revered team of John Musker and Ron Clements, with music by Oscar®-winning composer Randy Newman.