Traditional Animation is Still Alive

Reports of the death of traditional animation are greatly exaggerated.  Although computer-generated "3D" animation has been taking over, the "old school" cartoons are still being made and still attracting audiences.  Most recently we have Disney's return to hand-drawn fairy tale musicals, The Princess and the Frog, and Wes Anderson's stop-motion gem Fantastic Mr. Fox.  Hit television cartoons are still "2D", like South Park, The Simpsons, Family Guy, etc.

Computer software is certainly making the older animation techniques a dying breed, but there are artists out there who still do it masterfully.  Just look at Japan's Hayao Miyazaki who has given us such gems as Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Ponyo, Howl's Moving Castle, My Neighbor Totoro, and others.

Animation has come a long way and it's still a terrific way to tell stories that just wouldn't be practical in live action.  Pixar has proven that cartoons can be great blockbuster stories for all audiences.  But it's good to see that they don't just have to be 3D computerized renderings.  Traditional animation done the old-fashioned way still has a place in entertainment.