As heard from my friends, Kylgrv and Hewylewis, this link has come up sometime recently:
Apparently, a 2D animation film is currently in the planning stage with final developments to be done in the near future. Based on the article in particular, it seems that the 2D animation department may be looking at a big comeback with this rather intriguing concept. As we all know, CGI has become a strong force in the animation department since the 90s and has had it's share of fans and skeptics. Having grown up in the 90s when it was first introduced, no one had ever seen CGI done on film before and after seeing it done on films like 'Jurassic Park' and 'Toy Story' I had to admit it seemed rather intriguing. But like most 90's kids at the time, I had grown accustomed to the 2D Animation that put the Disney Renaissance in the history books.
In speaking of Disney, I have grown up with some of their best Disney films using 2D Animation. From it's earliest films like 'Snow White', 'Pinocchio' and 'Bambi' to several underappreciated films like 'The Great Mouse Detective', 'The Black Cauldron', and 'Oliver and Company' all leading up to the greatest 2D films from the Renaissance like 'The Little Mermaid', 'Aladdin', 'Beauty and the Beast', 'Pocahontas', 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame', and one of my favorite films of all time: 'The Lion King'. We can definitely say how we feel about Disney but we cannot deny that their 2D Animation films always found a place in our hearts and every member on this forum has that one film from that franchise they remember the most. Granted I know they have had a comeback on 2D films like 'The Princess and the Frog' and 'Winnie the Pooh', which were good films in my opinion, but we can already tell that those films are overshadowed over big budget CGI films like 'Tangled', 'Wreck-It Ralph' and most notably 'Frozen' (Which now stands as the #1 highest grossed Disney Film to date). The classics still hold strong to this day, but in order to ensure a strong return and future for the 2D Animation Department this film has to prove that it's worth the hype and ultimately the money that's being used to fund it.
Recently I have just checked up on the official Indiegogo page where they are raising the money and was immediately astounded to see that it's already went over it's $80,000 goal for production to be truly possible. But now the question comes that after meeting it's target fund, will the page remain open for any additional funds? If that were to happen, I can imagine that a fund twice as big as what their going for could turn a proposed short-film into a definite 2 hour feature length film tops. Since the film itself is developed by Disney animators, this could be the next in Disney's Animated Feature line-up (If possible) or this could ultimately be the film that puts Don Bluth back on the map or make ANY film animation company famous or infamous (Depending on the performance of the film in general). I already see a lot of potential with where this film is going with: Some strong female leads, steampunk, and a great story to tie it together... There's no denial 'Hullabaloo' is the film to look forward to.
To those who still want to share their support for the film and if the page is still up, the following link will take you there:
Update One: It hasn't been no longer than a week since this indiegogo thing and already it's already made enough to reach their three announced stretch goals at over 300% (Or so) past it's original goal. To those who have been funding for this project, nice!!!