Almost three years ago, I got my enthusiasm all up because then-newly-promoted Chief Creative Officer at Disney John Lasseter announced the Mouse would be returning to making traditional cel-animated features. This holiday season, we’ll finally see the payoff from that announcement when The Princess and the Frog hits theaters. Â Below, enjoy the initial trailer for the new film. Â (I especially liked the pencil-markings-becoming-beloved-characters bit at the beginning…nice bit of symbolism.)
The trailer itself seems promising; some of the humor seems a little awkward, but the New Orleans setting should make for some splendid art direction. Â I’m reasonably sure this one will require a first-weekend visit, even if it looks like there might be some scary elements in there …but don’t most of the good Disney cartoons? Â
I won’t blather on again about how happy I am to see hand-drawn (for some 21st-century version of “hand-drawn”) animation coming out of Disney again, but that’s only because I’d just be repeating what I said three years ago — just go read that, because it all still applies.
 I meant scary elements in the movie, not scary elements in New Orleans, though there are plenty of those, too.