When was the last time you saw a feature film that was created with 2D, hand-drawn animation?
As the world of 3D films and digital animation has continued to dominate the industry for animated movies, the hand-drawn animation technique employed for much of the history of cinema has declined. These days, it’s unheard of for a film created with 2D animation to be made by a major studio.
That’s why a group of Disney animators are now collaborating to “preserve the dying art of 2D animation” with a new steampunk-styled film called “Hullabaloo,” which is about two female engineers, according to a September 4 Independent article.
According to The Independent, “Hullabaloo” was funded through an Indiegogo campaign, without the help of a film studio. James Lopez (The Lion King, Pocahontas, Paperman), Rick Farmiloe (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin) and several other Disney animators’ original goal was to raise $80,000 to produce the film, and as of press time they have raised $106,000, according to The Independent.
“Hullabaloo is a 2D (hand-drawn) animated steampunk film that hopes to help preserve the dying art of 2D animation,” the animators’ Indiegogo campaign description explained. “And by supporting this project, you get to help save 2D animation from an untimely demise.”
The Independent reports that “Hullabaloo”‘s animators eventually plan on showing the completed short film to animation studios and investors in hopes of turning it into a full-length feature film in the future.