Monday, July 02, 2007
Little Golden Book Monday #14
Today's Little Golden Book is Disney's Home on the Range.
Home on the Range is a 2004 animated feature produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures on April 2, 2004. The film is the forty-fourth animated feature in the Disney animated features canon.
Prior to the film's release, Disney stated that it would be their last film in their animated features canon to use traditional animation. Although Disney animated films have featured some computer-generated effects for many years, Disney announced plans to move entirely to computer animation after Home on the Range, beginning with 2005's Chicken Little, and laid off most of its animation department. However, after the company's acquisition of Pixar in early 2006, new leaders John Lasseter and Ed Catmull decided to revive traditional animation, and announced the upcoming 2-D film, The Princess and the Frog. Still, Home on the Range is the final feature in the canon to use the CAPS system, which was first fully used in The Rescuers Down Under.
As you can see from the cover drawing, the characters in this book are drawn in a "cute", "cartoony", "little kids" style unlike the actual movie characters. It would seem they were trying to appeal to a young toddler crowd with this release. It does make for a fun read.