What's up with animation today?
Okay, so I'm a little hesitant to bring this up without checking elsewhere on the site... but what's wrong with animation?
As I kid, I grew up on Disney Animation (not just movies, but also the two-hour block on "the Disney Afternoon"). I vividly remember seeing Aladdin, The Lion King, the Little Mermaid, and Beauty and the Beast on opening day or opening weekend when the theater was packed!
So, I'm more than a little upset to hear about the falling off of Disney animation in past years. Atlantis, Treasure Planet, Emperor's New Groove, even Disney's own Computer Generated "Dinosaur" were all weak... I didn't see Home on the Range or Brother Bear, but reaction was mixed at best.... I could be wrong, but the best animation (not counting Pixar) to come out of Disney in the last couple of years was Lilo and Stitch....
Then again, it's not just Disney.... while the Dreamworks Comp Animation dept has been blockbuster, Sinbad and (*shudder*) Spirit were pretty bad. And that's being nice.
To be sure, I'm a big fan of computer animation. But hand-drawn has that extra something. There's no undo key when you're drawing a cel.
So, what's up? Does the glut of cartoons now available on TV (the majority of Nickelodeon's afternoon line-up is now cartoons, and Cartoon Network shows nothing but...) lower the appeal of hand-drawn animation in general? Even so, why isn't Disney still producing Rescue Ranger/Gummi Bears/Tale Spin type shows for after-school airing on ABC? What happened to the Mickey/Minnie/Goofy/Donald shorts that I grew up on? And so on....
Can Hand-Drawn recover? Or is this it?