So, I was reading about Disney's new new animated movie. No, not Meet the Robinsons, nor any movie released before 2009. No, it's The Frog Princess and is the first feature length 2D animated film from the studio since the 2002 hit film Lilo & Stitch. For some reason they thought hand-drawn animation didn't make money, even after Lilo made over $145 million in America and another $130 million around the rest of the world. Sure, the film wasn't the greatest, but if that can make it to that much money, then imagine how much a good hand drawn film could make. Hell, it could reach the heights of movies such as The Lion King. Or at least the $170 million of 1999's (which, to be honest, is still "recent" for animation) Tarzan - the #6 film of 1999 in America. That one also made an extra $280 million outside of America, so it was, by definition, a blockbuster - the #5 film of 1999 globally.
By the time The Frog Princess (the first of it's type to be overseen by Toy Story and Cars director John Lasseter) hits cinema screens in 2009 it would have been 10 years since Tarzan grossed $450 million world wide. And with things such as ticket price inflation and the seemingly never-ending desire for kids entertainment, I don't see why this film can't reach those heights.
Oh, and The Frog Princess' heroine? An african-american. And it's set in New Orleans. I suppose if international audiences don't make The Frog Princess gross a quadrillion gazillion dollars we'll be deemed racist by trigger happy dickheads.
All box office numbers curtosy of Box Office Mojo.