I have no idea what the last successful 2D animation movie was. I don’t even remember the last time I saw one. And since 2D animation has become an endangered species, it’s been basically erased from the all-time box-office records. The biggest 2D animation film of all time, Aladdin, is only 11th, all time, among all animation films. In fact, there’s only 3 2D animation films in the top 25.
Well, Disney is attempting to bring back 2D with The Princess and the Frog, which is the first animated film to feature an African-American lead. She’s the princess. It’s set in New Orleans. And the prince is white. Ooooh, that’s envelope pushing. 15 years ago. Just like 2D animation.
Here’s the trailer, and it looks a lot like traditional Disney 2D films, which is to say: Kind of dull. And the biggest disappointment for me: The frog never breaks into “Hello, My Honey (hello my ragtime gal).”