So strange, they made a bunch of great films in the 90's, and just sort of died off. It would be a real crime if 2D animation went the way of silent movies, computer animation is good but it is different, it can never replace traditional stuff.
Not so strange. Jeffrey Katzenberg deserves a lot of credit for putting together an amazingly talented team of writers, directors and musicians in the late 80's. He faltered with Oliver & Company
, but shepherded Disney's 2nd Golden Age with The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin
and The Lion King
. It was during The Lion King
that Jeffrey had his major falling out with Disney Chief Michael Eisner. He left and we got some projects that Jeffrey started up: Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Mulan
Eisner replaced Katzenberg with a strong belief in using a studio formula instead of creative artists. This led to Atlantis, Treasure Planet, Brother Bear
and Home on the Range
. He blamed the failure of his films on the belief that people were no longer interested in 2D animation.
John Lasseter is bringing back 2D with animators Ron Clements and John Musker. They had done The Little Mermaid, Aladdin
. They also did Treasure Planet
, but left the Disney company soon afterwards because they were handcuffed by Eisner's "Studio before Art" attitude. (Their pitch on the film was VERY different.) Lasseter convinced the duo that they would have complete artistic freedom, and he's keeping to his word.
By the way, I voted 'None.' My favorite type of animation is whatever style is best for the story being told.