Friday, 8 March 2013

Disney kills 2D Animation - Official

The Princess and the Frog - Disney's last 2D feature
According to an article in yesterday's Guardian, 2D animation is officially dead at Disney, the studio which took the medium to its greatest-ever heights. At the annual shareholder meeting in Phoenix Arizona, CEO 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."

It's a sad end to a great tradition. But at least it's official. I am still amazed at the number of animation students who believe that Disney is still in the hand-drawn animation business, and will be hiring animators for 2D features.

Here at Bucks we are making sure that all of our students learn skills which will get them employed in today's job market. That means using the latest software and giving our students all the vital skills they need to get find jobs and set up their own mini-studios. Soho VFX houses are constantly bemoaning the skills gap among UK graduates. It's time to fill those gaps.


(Editor's Note: To find out more about how we're keeping on top of technology here at Bucks, you can read about how we are partnering with the animation industry, how we're talking to Creative Skillset to get early accreditation, and use our floating licenses for online tutorials - perfect for any student who wants to upgrade their skills.)


  1. I am agreed with you they starts to make their movies in 3D but its a fact that the people likes 2D animation movies more than 3D so, I suggest Disney to adopt also 2D animations. Thanks for sharing this post. 2d animation video - VideoJeeves

  2. We would love to see a revival of 2D animation at Disney!