Recently the Disney Animation Research Society let slip on Facebook that a new hand drawn animated film would be released, while wishing Ron Clements a happy birthday. Happy Birthday Ron!
In the note they wrote.
On this 25th of April, we wish Artist-Writer-Director Ron Clements a Happy Birthday! Born in Sioux City, Iowa, Ron joined Disney Animation as an apprentice to Frank Thomas (one of the Nine Old Men of Disney Animation) and made his feature debut as an Animator on THE RESCUERS.
Joining John Musker, Ron and John (as they’re known at the Studio) have co-directed THE GREAT MOUSE DETECTIVE, THE LITTLE MERMAID, ALADDIN, HERCULES, TREASURE PLANET, and PRINCESS AND THE FROG. Ron and John are currently working to develop the next hand-drawn feature at Disney Animation. (Sorry, we can’t tell you what that is.)
We knew that Ron was working on a new film, but nothing like this. Disney had originally announced that Princess and the Frog would be the last Disney movie. Also Disney didn't announce anything at Cinema Con.
Are you excited for the new return to animation?