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Toy Story 3
Looking back on the early, early days of the “Toy Story” franchise
With “Toy Story 3” earning over $365 million worldwide since this Lee Unkrich film was released on June 18 th (More importantly, with the “Toy Story” franchise having produced over $8 billion in global retail sales to date), it is sometime hard to remember that – just 15 years ago – there weren’t a whole...
2 Jul 2010
“The Men Who Would Be King” recalls the bad old days when Disney, DreamWorks & Pixar used to brawl
Given that we now live in the age of DreamWorks 3.0 , with Walt Disney Studios distributing the films that Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider will soon be producing, it’s kind of hard to remember the bad old days. When Jeffery Katzenberg was … … out to deplete Disney’s talent pool. He flattered Disney...
12 May 2010
Monday Mouse Watch: “Toy Story 3” aims to be less like Fredo & more like Frodo
Let’s start with the obvious question: Is Lee Unkrich concerned that he’s going to be the guy who breaks Pixar’s now-10-pictures-long winning streak? When I got to talk with the director of “ Toy Story 3 ” as part of a roundtable session at Comic-Con last year, Lee admitted that – with each new hit that...
10 May 2010
Monday Mouse Watch: Looking forward to Disney’s “Prince of Persia” and Pixar’s “Day & Night”
ShoWest is traditionally this forward-looking event. Where all the Studios come to hype the movies they’ll be releasing later this summer and/or next year. But this time around, John Lasseter and Jerry Bruckheimer took forward-looking to a whole new level. With Bruckheimer using his Lifetime Achievement...
22 Mar 2010
Monday Mouse Watch: Meet Alan Bergman, Disney’s leader of the brand
All of you “ Pirates of the Caribbean ” fans who have been feeling seasick ever since Johnny Depp said that his interest in appearing in a fourth installment of this film series had waned can now breath a bit easier. According to what Bob Iger said last Thursday during The Walt Disney Company’s fourth...
16 Nov 2009
Monday Mouse Watch: Marvel acquisition offers significant challenges, huge potential rewards for The Walt Disney Company
Mickey, meet Spidey. Spidey, Mickey. In a deal that (I’m sure) the Disneyana community will have trouble wrapping its head around, The Walt Disney Company announced plans today to acquire Marvel Entertainment, Inc. in a stock and cash transaction worth an estimated $4 billion. As to what actually drove...
31 Aug 2009
Tourists mob Muppets & Mouse shops, snatch up last “Mermaid” tickets
According to the good folks at Gallup , consumer confidence is on the rise . At the very least, there’s been a sharp albeit seasonal increase in spending over the past two weeks. Of course, anyone who wandered through FAO Schwartz yesterday could have told that you spending was up. Based on the tons...
19 Aug 2009
Licensing International Expo 2009 offers sneak peeks at new films from Fox, Pixar, DreamWorks Animation and Universal Studios
Did you ever wonder what it might be like to be able to see into the future? Well, as I wandered up & down the aisles at Licensing International Expo 2009 , I got a little taste of what that must feel like. As I came upon promotional display after promotional display for motion pictures that would...
8 Jun 2009
Pixar's first "Cars Toon" debuts tonight on Toon Disney
You all remember Lightning McQueen and Mater from " Cars ," right ? Copyright 2008 Disney - Pixar. All Rights Reserved Well, the folks at Disney - Pixar certainly hope that you remember these two animated autos. Given that -- come the Summer of 2011 -- they're going to be starring in " Cars 2 " ... Copyright...
27 Oct 2008
"I can go to Disney and be a director, or I can stay here and make history"
"It was 20 years ago today ..." Well, it was tomorrow actually. August 2, 1988 to be precise. That was the date when an incomplete version of " Tin Toy " first screened at SIGGRAPH and truly wowed the crowd in Atlanta. Given the overwhelmingly positive response that this John Lasseter film received ...
31 Jul 2008
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