Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Ok, Disney, I don't know about this one...

You must check the link (click on title) and read the story or this won't make sense...

Question #1:
Why are you going back to original, hand-drawn animation? Will today's kids understand or like that? Or are they are on the digital train?
I would have assumed they like the new stuff better. Regardless of the animation technology and how that makes the picture look, the new stories are better. (I mean, really, a gimpy fish who gets captured and put in a tank and then gets lost in the ocean or a baby deer whose mother dies and is looking for his father? One is funny, action-packed, and uplifting. The other just makes me cry.)

Why a musical rather than just a story? (Or were all the originals considered musicals?) Do you think that will help it sell amidst Cars, Monsters Inc, The Incredibles, etc?

Is the effort to complete the princess spectrum too little too late? Will she be as (excuse the term) white-washed as Mulan, Pocahontas, and Jasmine? Will she have a Creole accent?

Is the effort to "show support" for New Orleans actually going to benefit the city or just your company? How?

And then of course I could rattle off a ton of plot questions, but I won't.

Oh my gosh. This is so strange to me.

What do you think?

1 comment:

  1. I've known about this for a while, being the Disney geek I am- my mom and I used to have epic games of Disney Trivia.

    1. I think they've gone back to hand drawn because that's what made the company successful in the first place. The Incredibles, Nemo, Cars- they were all produced in-house at Pixar. Disney had no interaction with their production other than distribution. All Disney's digital animation films- Bolt, Meet the Robinsons- have not "reached the heights" that the old movies did, box office wise. They have not become the classics that the old Disney hand drawns were. Disney has decided to start with a tried and true formula for success.

    2. The old Disney's were all musicals, in one form or another. Snow White sang "I'm Wishing". Cinderella had "Cinderelly". And we can't forget the famed musicals of our childhood- Beauty and the Beast, Little Mermaid, Aladdin- that make us still go crazy. I don't know if it will necessarily help it sell, but I believe that Disney hopes it's part of their success formula.

    3. I can't deny your point here. I'm glad they finally decided to introduce an African-American princess, but I too wonder they choose her ethnicity just to round out the Princesses, rather than out of a sheer character choice.

    4. I don't even know why Disney choose to say this. Is it great they're featuring New Orleans? Yes. Was it really due to "showing support"? I don't think so.

    Overall, I'm excited and I think it will be good. They've assembled a good team- John Lassister is now the story developer for Disney, and he's the one who developed all the plots for the Pixar movies before the merger. I'll be seeing it the first day in theatres, I'm sure.


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