I had no intentions of putting this up, but my brother egged me on, calling it “all kinds of awesome.” It’s actually darker than what I usually post here, so I apologize if you’re taken aback by this.
As you may know, the Disney Co. has gutted it’s hand-drawn animation unit, laying off at least seven of it’s veteran animators. I drew this shortly after the news broke a few days ago. Roy Disney once called animated films the heart-beat of the company, so it seemed appropriate that poor Mickey would be having palpitations.
My opinion towards this issue has dulled since first hearing the news. I still find it sad and frustrating as many of you do, but the best I can say is at least the 2-D unit got the chance to make two more good films. (From my view, The Princess and the Frog and Winnie the Pooh might have relied too much on nostalgia, but they’re still decent movies all the same.)
This is the end of another era for Disney, but it isn’t the end of traditional animation (who knows, maybe Disney will revisit it again in the future). To quote the encouraging words of Andreas Deja, “We'll see where this medium will go from here and where it will be cherished and renewed.”