I’ve got some longer posts in the hopper but in the meantime I wanted to post this – according to several sources, Disney has decided to axe it’s 2-D animation unit in lieu of 3-D computer animation.
Disney, a suggestion – call up Shigeru Miyamoto of Nintendo. Talk to him about licensing the game engine used in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. Use this instead of hand-drawn animation. Trust me on this. I know you see movies like Finding Nemo and Shrek making tons of money and Treasure Planet tanking and see a correlation. I know Ice Age cost $50 million to make and brought in $200 million. But here’s the deal – not every movie needs to be Toy Story, not every production house can be Pixar, and sometimes people really want to see something like The Lion King or Lilo & Stitch. Use the Zelda engine and make movies that can do both. Better yet – make the game (for GameCube of course) at the same time.