April 12, 2006
At an A.G. Edwards conference yesterday, Disney chairman Dick Cook gushed that the Pixar-Disney integration is "happening better than we had ever dreamed it would." Most interesting was the news that the combined studios aims to make release two animated features a year—one from each studio. Dreamworks has long had the same goal, but this strikes me as a better idea because it's not that far off from what Disney and Pixar were doing separately before. It'll still require ramping up (including the forthcoming Cars, Pixar averages a film every 18 months; in the same period Disney's feature studios averaged slightly over one film a year, but they had a larger staff than they do now), but it's not as much of a stretch. And frankly, Dreamworks movies haven't done much for me for a long time. (Though I will admit I've yet to see either Shrek—but then, I've never had any urge to.)

Cook also made the unsurprising assertion that the deluge of animated films that starts this year will lead to a shakeout. But then, how could it not? Eager to cash in on the public's supposedly insatiable appetite for CGI films, various studios have popped up and offered minor variations on the same formula: sassy, talking critters and celebrity casting. At least this time the boom-and-bust cycle will be quicker (and less tumultuous) than the last one.

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I agree that it's great that Disney will now try and release two animated movies per year.. but is it really necessary to slam Dreamworks in the process? Especially when you haven't seen two of biggest grossing animated movies of all time?
It's a fair comparison, because Dreamworks is the only other company with the same stated goal.

"Slam" seems like a harsh term. I merely said this seems like a better idea than what Dreamworks is doing. Not having seen either Shrek doesn't really affect my dissatisfaction with Dreamworks as a whole, in much the same way that my enjoyment of Aladdin and The Lion King doesn't affect my similar dissatisfaction with the modern Disney output as a whole.
I like the description "sassy, talking critters and celebrity casting"
Heck, I'd go all the way and say "sassy, crazy talkin critters and celebrity casting"
ET ....SAID IT RIGHT. ALL DIZNY WILL DO WITH THIS 'MERGER' IS THE SAME OLD TALKING-FURRY-SHIT-REDUNDANT- ANIMALS OR SACLEY FISH,AND SPEND MORE MILLIONS ON 'HOW TO MOVE FUR' MORE REALISTICLY. FUNNY THING; I JUST WATCHED EBERT-ROPER TRASH DIZNEY'S LATEST AS A BORING-FOURMULAIC 'KNOCK-OFF' OF MADAGASCAR,AND THEY COMPLAINED ABOUUT THE'FUR'...BEING 'SO REALISTIC' THAT IT TOOK AWAY THE 'CARTOONY EFFECT'! THEY WENT ON TO SAY THAT THEY WANNTED A CARTOON TO LOOKS LIKE ONE,NOT A REALISTIC REAL-LIFE..LOOK.SO IT LOOKS LIKE DIZNEY WENT TO A HUGH-EXPENSE...ONLY TO SCREW-UP AGAIN-MOVING FUR,EVEN WITH PIXAR ON THE BANDWAGON? SAD INDEED.
I CREATED A REAL-ORIGIONAL CONCEPT( ACTUAL GEMSTONE CARTOONS) AT WWW.SITO.ORG WITH CHARACTERS MADE OUT 'ROCKS' AND NO FUCKING 'FUR' WILL NEED-BE 'MOVED' IN MY CONCEPT,AND MILLIONS WILL NOT BE WASTED IN THE PRODUCTION OF MY IDEA. SO WHEN WILL PIXAR/DIZNEY EVER DECIDE TO MAKE A GUTSIE 'RIGHT TURN' AND DO SOMTHING DIFFERENT(TWICE A YEAR?)WHICH IS ALSO EDUCATIONAL?
'NOT BLUDDY-LOIKLEE'!!
DAWK
Two things about common posting/blog courtesy:

1) Please don't use all caps. It's difficult to read, and no one can hear you scream if they're just reading what you wrote.
2) Please make sure to spell everything correctly. Last I heard, "Disney" had no "Z" in it.

However, having said that, I do tend to agree with Dawk's basic point, which is this: Disney has been playing it safe for half a century. They should be looking for other things to do with CG besides make it more realistic. They have the manpower and money, they should be looking for more creative ways of using the medium instead of steamrolling it and push it more toward live-action. I mean, we're animators because we are control freaks and can't get what we want out of live-action, correct? You can't do half of the things in live-action that you can do in animation, so why bother going realistic when it looks so horrible and unnatural? As Frank and Ollie said so many years ago, it's not the realism, it's the believeability.
FIRST-OFF-'FLICK'; I'M A DISABLED(LIFE TIME ARTIST WHO WORKED WITH MY HANDS MAKING FINE GOLD-PLATINUM JEWELRY+GEMS FOR FOUR DECADES) PERSON-AGE 66. MY BODY IS SOMEWHAT BURNED OUT-HENCE,I TYPE IN ALL CAPS FOR LESS NEED TO SLOW DOWN WHILLST MAKING MY POINT,AND I ALSO HAVE A PARKINSON'S TREMOR,SO DO THE 'HUNT-PECK'(AND DYSLEX) IN MY HANDS,WHICH MAKES IT HARD TO NOT REPEAT(YES I HAVE THE SETTING ON LOW-REPEAT KEYBOARD) THE LETTERS,BUT-STILL... MY 'BRAIN' WORKS PRETTY WELL,AS YOU EVENTUALY GOT MY POINT. YOU SHOULD MAKE SOME ALLOWANCES FOR DUDES LIKE ME,AND REALIZE THAT I AM USING SOME OCASSIONAL HUMOR--MISPELLED-DELIBERATLLY WORDS; LIKE 'DIZNEY' SINCE THAT IMPLIEZ(YES I USE Z A LOT FOR S)THAT THE REAL 'DISNEY'WHICH I KNOW HOW TO SPELL(DUMM-ASS) IS FROM WALT'S HEART,AND THE NEW 'IZERNIIZED' 'DIZNEY' IS SPELLED FOR THEIR 'DIZZYNESS' OF MIND,LIKE MAKING 'FURRIE' SHIT-CRAP ANIMALS FOR DECADES AMD WASTING BILLIONS ON SUCH REDUNDANT SHIT,WHILST GUYZ LIKE ...ME ARE WAITING TO BRING SOMTHING NEW-FRESH TO THE SCREEN AND VERY PISSED OFF FOR BEIING IGNORED.
I TOOK THE TIME TO CONTRIBUTE TO YOUR ARTICLE BECAAUSE (WE) BOTH AGREE,BUUT A LITTLE MORE AWARENES,AND NOT SO MUCH 'YOUNG DUDES ONLY'MIND-SET WOULLD BE A GOOD START FOR THOOSE OF US WHOM ARE 'WAY-FAR-OUTSIDERS'WHO HAVE BODIES THAT ARE 'BURNED-OUT' SOMEWHAT,BUT STILL GOING.I ALSO TYPE 'LARGE' SO I CAN SEE IT BETTER(LIKE ALL SENIORS WITH WANING EYESIGHT)AND EDIT-SOMEWHAT.
IF YOU EVER HAVE FEASTED ON 'COL' SANDERS CHICKEN;REMEMBER...HE MADE IT ALL 'HAPPEN' WHEN HE WAS A SENIOR!RESPECT YER-ELDERZ.
I WILL TAKE THE TIME TO NEVER-NEVER COMMENT-READ ANYMORE,ON THIS SITE SINCE YOU THINK(YOUR) WORLD IS A PERFECT-ONE OF YOUNG DUDES-ONLY,WHOM VIEW THIS SITE,WITH ARROGANCE AND MINDLESS..ASSUMPTIONS.
'FLUCK-YOU-FLICK'! OOPS,JUST KIDDING... CHEERZ FROM,DAWK
It's not the quantity that has me excited about the Disney/Pixar merger, but the quality. I haven't been this excited about Disney's future in a long, long while. I can only expect good things now that Pixar will helm story development. If anyone has bragging rights about story being king, it's Pixar.

So whether they do one, two or even three films a year, I am more confident that the films that are released will be some of the best stuff out of Disney we've seen in years.


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