Thursday, January 26, 2006


A Postive Sign for Disney's Future?

(via The Beat) Only days after the Disney buyout of Pixar, new Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter, and new head of Disney Feature Animation Ed Catmull, have killed Toy Story 3, which Disney had planned to make without the approval or involvement of Pixar, under the terms of the original Pixar-Disney agreement. This is an extremely promising sign, and suggests that all of the folks in Disney animation who are looking at Lassseter and Catmull as their saviors might well be right.

Wow. Reading that article, that Lasseter said sequels are domains of the original creative team... wow. Does this mean no more "Snow White II: Dwarf Wars" directo-to-DVD projects? Because, man, I've got kids who go for those. And they suck big-time. Those cheap Disney DVDs, I mean, not my kids.

But in all fairness, the girls have been on a big Peter Pan kick of late--particularly Tinker Bell. They fell in love with the original Disney, and enjoyed the live-actioner from a couple of years back. But we rented "Peter Pan II: Return to Neverland" and after it was over (and it really was poorly conceived and poorly executed in almost ever facet) Calista turns to me and says, "You know, that one really wasn't very good." So there you have it: Kids will only swallow so much tripe!
Well, sadly, I think that direct-to-video Disney sequels would still be kosher under Lasseter's guidelines, so long as the division doing them were the same as did the original film. Direct-to-video sequels, though, don't have to be shit; they just almost always are. Remember, Toy Story 2 was originally developed as a direct-to-video release, and was only released theatrically when Disney saw how good the thing turned out. And I always thought that some of the Aladdin sequels were as good as the original. I think a good rule of thumb should be if the filmmakers of a "sequel" weren't born when the original film was made, the thing should stay unmade.
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