Computer animation has made cartoons easier and cheaper to produce, but as studio Ghibli has so wonderfully and artfully pointed out, traditional 2D animation still has some magic left in it. Sadly, with the semi-retirement of Hayao Miyazaki, the Ghibli anime department will shut-down, the studio existing for the time being only in name to maintain its animated trademarks.
The last two hand-drawn Disney animated films were 2009's The Princess and the Frog and 2001's Winnie the Pooh featurette.
Thanks to social funding program Indiegogo and two Disney animation veterans, James Lopez (The Lion King, Pocahontas) and Rick Farmiloe (Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid), there is still hope for a revival of traditionally drawn animation. The two are producing and directing what will be initially a short 2D drawn feature about a pair of steampunk female engineers, called Hullabaloo. If successful, Lopez and Farmiloe will expand Hullabaloo into a web series, TV show and eventually into a feature-length film. As of today the Indiegogo project has collected over $147,000, well over their initial funding aim of $80,000. To contribute go to https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/hullabaloo-steampunk-animated-film.
Here is the official synopsis for Hullabaloo:
'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.
The video below explains more about the project: