Disney has announced a return to traditional animation with The Frog Prince. This tale of amphibian romance is not only a resurrection of tradition, but also a Disney first in many ways. This is going to be Disney’s first animated feature starring a princess of African descent, and the first featuring both interspecies (princess and frog) and interracial (princess and Frenchman) romance.
When asked about how Disney would produce the film given that they had released all of their 2D animators, a Disney spokesperson responded, “Oh, that won’t be a problem. Most of those animators wouldn’t even think of working for another studio and are just sitting in their apartments waiting for us to call. They love Disney and can’t wait to return to the benefits, security, and management-free creative independence they have come to expect from Disney traditional animation.”