Back in 2020, as we were all quarantining (the sensible among us, anyway), Disney announced a ton of new extended adventures for its animated movie characters. Baymax, Dug, the Zootopia crew, the Cars bunch and Princess Tiana would all be starring in either new short features or, in the case of Tiana, a full self-titled TV series. It’s now 2023 and most of those attractions have been released to Disney+, except one.
If you don’t count 2011’s Winnie The Pooh — and most people don’t remember it anyway — The Princess And The Frog was the last time Disney got serious about 2D theatrical animation. CG had completely taken over the box office by 2009, but given that 2D animation was the foundation the entire Disney Empire was built upon, they felt they should give it one last try. They knocked it out of the park and made another classic, and proved hand-drawn movies still had worth…and then they retired the medium for good, to the annoyance of a lot of people.