It's not often that I post nude models, but I suppose it's a proper lead-in to the topic of 2d animation... What dickweed decided that 3D should completely annihilate good 2D goodness?...oh yeah, it was Jeffrey Katzenberg.
Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas performed miserably at the box office, and as a result, Katz there decided that 2D animation was a plague to be avoided (despite Sinbad being a perfectly decent 2D-flick, it did come out in the wake of "OMG CGI MOVIES ARE TEH WINZORS"). Not only that, and I need to check some resources on this, but it's been noted that Michael Eisner intentionally made sure that Disney's last 2D flicks like "Home On the Range" were extremely sub-par so that he could push the studio to dissolve the 2D department (in exchange for equally sub-par 3D animated flicks in Disney's desperate attempts to match the power of Pixar).
That said, please direct your attention to Michel Gagne's masterpiece, "Prelude to Eden":
You can also see his other beautiful work on his main site:
Make SURE you check out his Insanely Twisted section. Good Halloweenie stuff.
After that, my bud Patrick pointed out Pearl Jam's Evolution video, directed by Scott Mother-effing McFarlane. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoNmNmXExZ8 (I cant embed the stupid thing...dammit, but be warned, it's a pretty harsh vid, but real purdy).
*sigh* I love 2D animation, and I love 3D animation, but only if either is done WELL. WALL-E is a good example of an excellent 3D flick (and I recently enjoyed the sumptuous feast of MONSTER HOUSE), and as a bit of an extension, CGI itself is a good tool for cinema. But it's nice to see that audiences are getting overloaded by CGI. Case in point, the Hellboy films, and this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Princess_and_the_Frog
I'm a Texas-based illustrator/comic artist with a somewhat...ODD sense of living, laughing and loving. I've worked on IDW's Beast Wars Sourcebook, Gleaming Scythe's graphic novels, Marvel's Hardcover Handbooks, not to mention my first full one-shot comic, Wrath of the Titans: Cyclops.
The sky's the limit!