One argument for the "death of 2D" is the high production cost involved. While I don't believe that it's necessarily any more expensive to do 2D than it is to do good 3D, there is a software program called TweenMaker that boasts being able to significantly reduce the time it takes to create high quality 2D animation (none of that stiff cut out stuff).
You can get a free copy of the student version at:
What do you think? Could this help bring back 2D animation? Or at least make it easier / cheaper for the independant animator?