A very strong year full of box office blockbusters and awards did very little to quell the concerns raised at the recent shareholders’ meeting at Disney, which was held earlier this week. One of the questions raised was the future of 2D animated features.
When asked about the future of 2D animation on the big screen, CEO and Chairman 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.”
The company’s most recent 2D projects, which included Winnie the Pooh and The Princess and the Frog, failed to meet the expectations set by the worldwide grosses of the studio’s recent animated features, such as Tangled and Wreck-It Ralph.