Back in 2013, Disney’s chief executive Bob Iger said that the company had no plans to make any more 2D animated movies. Those of us who grew up on The Lion King, Aladdin, and other hand-drawn classics were gutted, because as much as the current 3D offerings retain the same wit and infectious songs, the animation style leaves something to be desired. (Except for Wreck-It Ralph, but that worked since it was set in a video game.)
But we can always live on in fantasy, through pieces like this Frozen concept art that lets us reimagine the runaway hit as a Disney film of yesteryear.
Disney Animation artist Cory Loftis recently posted several pieces of concept art from Frozen to his Tumblr without any commentary. Ours can be summed up in one word: Ooooh.
It’s also interesting to note that these images immediately evoke the style of The Princess and the Frog, which was Disney’s last 2D effort from 2009.
While it would have been very cool to see Elsa’s ice powers rendered in 2D form, these stills are mostly from the “Love Is an Open Door” sequence, as well as Anna, Kristoff, and Sven’s race up the mountain. Maybe Loftis will gift us with more pieces! There are more to see on the Tumblr linked above.