The co-director of Disney Animation‘s Wish Chris Buck reveals whether the company plans to explore more of new 2D animated movies.
Wish, a 3D animated film, features a distinctive visual style that draws inspiration from traditional 2D movies, marking a departure from Disney Animation’s recent focus on 3D animation. Despite the studio’s shift to 3D since 2011’s Winnie the Pooh and The Princess and the Frog, Wish has garnered positive reviews for its unique aesthetic. Famous 3D successes from the studio include Frozen, Moana, and Encanto.
In a conversation with The Direct, Buck discussed the possibility of studio returning to old animated style.
“I think, absolutely. This film was inspired, obviously, by the legacy and the 2D animation. And the look has a somewhat 2D look with the lines on the characters. We did early tests with Star as 2D. But yeah, I think we keep exploring.”
Addressing the distinct style of Wish, Buck discussed how the film resulted from an ever-evolving artistic approach. “The nice thing is, we started with some shorts, you got ‘Paperman’ and ‘Feast’ and ‘Far From the Tree’ that sort of explored the look that we adapted, and we kept evolving. We had never done it in full feature before. So that was going to be a challenge. I would say absolutely. You just don’t know what the next thing is going to be.”
Disney’s new movie Wish hits theaters on November 22.