Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Enchanted Disney Animation
Today the new Disney live-action/animated film Enchanted opens. It looks to be a good-natured parody of the Disney animated fairy tales with a good cast (the always excellent Amy Adams and Susan Sarandon, plus Patrick Dempsey and James Marsden). The director is Kevin Lima, the talented story artist, animator and director so one has reason to expect this film will be well done. Once it’s actually up on theater screens maybe Disney will stop running that terrible promo which claims that “75 years of Disney animation comes to life”. What was Disney animation before this film came along, dead? Every time Disney does some sort of adaptation of its classic animation (think the live-action version of 101 Dalmatians, not to mention 102 Dalmatians) it claims that “now” Disney animation comes to “life”. Such claims betray not only an ignorance of animation but also a dismissive indifference to the masterful films crafted by Walt and his collaborators as well as those created by present-day animators and animation artists (including Kevin Lima). It’s disturbing that Disney continues to discount the greatness that is its own precious heritage, the heritage without which Enchanted would not be possible.