Can Disney Veterans' Steampunk 'Hullabaloo' Film Save 2D Animation?
While computer animation continues to flourish with Pixar Animation films like Toy Story and Finding Nemo and The House of Mouse's own Walt Disney Animation with Wreck-It Ralph and Frozen, the old school hand drawn, 2D animation is starting to fall to the wayside. But some Disney veterans are getting together to create a new steampunk-themed adventure called Hullabaloo, which will be a short hand drawn animation film which they hope to turn into a web series, TV show or even better, a feature-length film. And what's even more exciting, is the two heroes are a pair of brilliant, female engineers. Look below!
Here's the pitch from the Hullabaloo Indiegogo campaign, which you can still contribute to right now:
Here's the official synopsis of the film itself (via The Independent):
'Hullabaloo' is the story of Veronica Daring, a brilliant young scientist who returns home from an elite finishing school to find her father–the eccentric inventor Jonathan Daring–missing without a trace! The only clue left behind points Veronica toward Daring Adventures, an abandoned amusement park used by her father to test his fantastical steam-powered inventions. There she discovers a strange girl named Jules, a fellow inventor who agrees to help Veronica in locating her missing father and discovering the secrets of his work.
James Lopez (The Lion King, Pocahontas, Paperman), Rick Farmiloe (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin) and other Disney animators are all behind the project, and as of right now they've hit just over $108,000, which is over their initial $80,000 goal. But they still need all the help they can get to make this the project they all want it to be. After all, saving hand-drawn animation is going to be quite a difficult endeavor. As someone who has never really understood the appeal of steampunk, I have to say this actually looks pretty damn cool. And it would be nice to see animation like this get traction again. We all remember how great The Iron Giant was, so let's see what Hullbaloo can do!