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  • Blog Post: Disney Deja View: Sorting out the sequels VI

    So after four installments looking at 40+ theatrical film franchises (a sequel, a remake, or both), what conclusions can be drawn? Disney sequels - brilliant marketing or bumbling moviemaking? WWWT One of the yardsticks that could be used to measure the success of the Disney sequels/remakes is Walt himself...
  • Blog Post: Disney Deja View: Sorting out the sequels V

    Something Fishy Disney recaptured the magic of its animated classics in 1989 with "The Little Mermaid," a fanciful, bright, witty, tuneful, upbeat update on the Hans Christian Andersen original story. Ariel (Jodi Benton) gets more than she wished for when she asks for legs from the evil Sea Witch (Ursula...
  • Blog Post: Disney Deja View: Sorting out the sequels IV

    The Disney Studio didn't just self-cannibalize its live action films across the years. The animated classics were often redone, extended, rethought, and revamped. Mssrs Stokowski and Levine Walt's grand theatrical experience "Fantasia" (1940) was conceived as a work-in-progress, meaning that as a concert...
  • Blog Post: Disney Deja View: Sorting out the sequels III

    In the 1970s and beyond, the Disney revisits (remakes and sequels) experienced a lull of sorts. The reasons seem to be twofold: Output in general was down during this period of transition from the Miller years to the Eisner reign. And by the mid-1980s, the feature animation engines were sparking to life...
  • Blog Post: Disney Deja View: Sorting out the sequels II

    By the 1960s, as the Disney Studios learned well that, despite founder Walt's original hesitance to repeat himself, thar was money in them thar box office revisits. For instance, 1961 became a watershed year in terms of fodder for future sequels and remakes. A No Brainerd " The Absent Minded Professor...
  • Blog Post: Disney Deja View: Sorting out the sequels

    "You can't top pigs with pigs," said Walt Disney himself, when theater owners and the general public, enamored with his " Three Little Pigs " (1933), demanded more porcine predicaments on the silver screen. Walt apparently wasn't thrilled with the artistic challenges of going over familiar territory...
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