Traditional 2D animation is virtually dead for film. The only place we see it now is on TV and in online web series. It's kind of sad because traditional animation is such a great and beautiful art form. I studied traditional animation in college, and watching its demise has been heartbreaking.
There's a team of Disney veteran animators though who have joined forces to try and breathe new life into the dying art form. They are looking to create an animated steampunk adventure called Hullabaloo. It will be a hand drawn animated short that they hope will turn into a web or TV series or a feature length animated movie, which would be amazing!
The story revolves around two incredibly smart female inventorsFrom what they show in the campaign video it looks like it has a lot of potential. Here's the synopsis:
Hullabaloo is the story of Veronica Daring, a brilliant young scientist who returns home from an elite finishing school to find her father–the eccentric inventor Jonathan Daring–missing without a trace! The only clue left behind points Veronica toward Daring Adventures, an abandoned amusement park used by her father to test his fantastical steam-powered inventions. There she discovers a strange girl named Jules, a fellow inventor who agrees to help Veronica in locating her missing father and discovering the secrets of his work.
James Lopez (The Lion King, Pocahontas, Paperman) and Rick Farmiloe (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin) are part of the team of animators who are bringing this project to life. As of right now, the project has raised $108,000 dollars which is above their initial goal of $80,000 on Indiegogo, so we will get to see this short brought to life. I can't wait to see how it turns out!
Thanks to Firstshowing for the tip on this!