The Walt Disney Animation Research Library issued a press release today to publicly wish a Happy Birthday to famed Disney animation director Ron Clements … and in the process, they revealed that plans are in the works for a new hand-drawn animated film. Clements previously worked on the Disney animated films The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Heracles, The Princess and the Frog and more … and is currently working on an as-yet unnamed new hand-drawn animated feature! Woot!! Click below to read the press release in full and learn all there is to know about this exciting news.
On this 25th of April, we wish Artist-Writer-Director Ron Clements a Happy Birthday! Born in Sioux City, Iowa, Ron joined Disney Animation as an apprentice to Frank Thomas (one of the Nine Old Men of Disney Animation) and made his feature debut as an Animator on THE RESCUERS. Joining John Musker, Ron and John (as they’re known at the Studio) have co-directed THE GREAT MOUSE DETECTIVE, THE LITTLE MERMAID, ALADDIN, HERCULES, TREASURE PLANET, and PRINCESS AND THE FROG. Ron and John are currently working to develop the next hand-drawn feature at Disney Animation. (Sorry, we can’t tell you what that is.)
Now, before we get too excited … we are probably 3 or 4 years away from the release of this film. It takes a long time to create a hand-drawn animated film. The last such film produced by Disney was The Princess and the Frog (which I loved but others did not). I am a huge Disney/Pixar computer animation fan, no question, but my heart will always belong to the magic of hand-drawn animation. I am really excited by this news and I am really looking forward to learning more … in time. For now, I’ll just give another WOOT!!