Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Greedy as a Mouse

Disney/Pixar's film "Cars" was going to be the last Pixar animated film under the reigns of Adolf Disney but . . .

"Disney has just announced that it will purchase Pixar Animation Studios in a deal worth around $7.4 billion in stock, making the animated studio a wholly owned subsidiary.

Chief personnel involved in the deal include Steve Jobs, Ed Catmull, and John Lasseter. Jobs will become Disney's largest individual shareholder and will hold a seat on the Disney board of directors; Catmull will become president of the combined Disney and Pixar animation studios, reporting to Disney Studios CEO Dick Cook; and Lasseter will become the "chief creative officer" of the combined animation studios. Lasseter will also become a chief advisor to the Walt Disney Imagineering group, devising new attractions for the Disney theme parks. In both roles, Lasseter will report directly to Disney CEO Bob Iger."

I guess now we will never see a Pixar film with Full Frontal Animated Nudity. Actually, I'm pretty sure that wouldn't of happened anyway but now that Pixar is stuck under Disney, those chances are gone!!

*NEW!* - The New York Times and USA Today both feature articles about John Lasseter, Executive Vice President Creative for Pixar and newly named Chief Creative Officer for Disney animation studios. The Times article may require registration to read. Of special note in the Times article is a comment by Richard W. Cook, chairman of Walt Disney Studios, who stated: "I've talked about reviving 2-D with John for some time, it wouldn't surprise me at all if these a project emerged that we would want to do in 2-D."

Maybe this is a good thing after all!!!! Long live 2-D animation!


Donovan "Slinus" Jones said...

I wanna be first to comment by saying "Isn't that an awesome picture. If Mickey looked like that, I'd go to Disney world more often."

Jen said...

That is a great image of Mickey.
Sad about Pixar. I had hoped they'd become their own company and eventually kill the all mighty Disney.

Shaggy Shorthair said...

Well, we can always hope for those "behind the scenes" plugs, Slinus. You know, where the animators show us what they REALLY did in 8 months of production: Jessica Rabbit with HUGE polygons!