ByJess O'Kane, writer at
Big in Japan
Jess O'Kane

Disney films were 90% of my childhood. I remember having to look away when Snow White's evil stepmother tries to feed her the poisoned apple, and learning about true friendship from The Jungle Book.

It's a sad day, then, when the animators of these iconic 2D films are fighting to save their craft.

But the truth is that in the past 10 years, the unique art of 2D animation has been pushed out in favour of 3D. And while some great films have come out of this:

...that doesn't mean that we should kill off 2D animation altogether. Especially since it's provided us with some of the most magical scenes ever committed to film.

Remember the harrowing stampede scene in The Lion King?

That one scene took three years to animate. If that isn't a labour of love, I don't know what is.

In response to the problem, some of Disney's most seasoned animators have come together to "preserve the dying art of 2D animation".

Animators like James Lopez (The Lion King, Pocahontas, Paperman) and Rick Farmiloe (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin) have created an Indiegogo campaign to fund a 2D short called Hullabaloo, with the hope that it'll lead to a feature commission.

At the time of writing it has raised $106,000 (their goal was $80,000). But they still need your help.

Hullabaloo is a 2D (hand-drawn) animated steampunk film that hopes to help preserve the dying art of 2D animation. And by supporting this project, you get to help save 2D animation from an untimely demise.

The film centres around two female inventors, and the creators hope that the characters "will serve as positive role models for girls of all ages and encourage them to get excited about science."

This really is crunch time for 2D animation, but there's still time to make Hullabaloo happen. With your help, this dying art can be preserved for future generations to enjoy.

You can donate to the campaign here.

(Source: Independent)


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