Category — Animation
Apparently, the Disney board is going to officially consider the purchase of Pixar, according to the LA Times (reg req).
Wow, what a change since the Jobs-Eisner wars of 2004… This makes me nervous for a few reasons the largest of which are 1) I’d hate to see Pixar screwed up by Disney and 2) I’d hate to see Pixar screwed up by Disney.
The Pixar and Disney relationship worked because each company was exactly what the other was not. In my opinion, a purchase of Pixar, while probably good for Steve Jobs, is bad news for everyone else. Why?
- Pixar will loose because it will be stifled and constricted to conform with the souless mantra of today’s Disney
- Disney will loose because it will kill the very thing it currently values so much
- The animation industry will loose because the primary example of critical and monetary success will be gone, once again bringing in to question its value as an entertainment medium
- The public will loose because we won’t be dazzled by movies like Finding Nemo anymore.
Now, I’m no fan-boy of Jobs, but I’ve got to hand it to the man. His turn around of Apple and the success of Pixar are an amazing testament to his abilities. Abilities despite his faults, I might add. In this case, I’m hoping that his reportedly massive ego will keep him from selling Pixar and that the whole thing will simply result in a lucrative distribution agreement that will keep the movies flowing for benefit and enjoyment of all.
January 21, 2006 5 Comments
Here’s interesting news:
“Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Books Ltd. announced a new entertainment partnership with world-renowned author Deepak Chopra, acclaimed filmmaker Shekhar Kapur and South Asia’s leading publisher of comic magazines, Gotham Ent. Group Llc. The partnership will launch two new Virgin branded companies, Virgin Comics Llc., based in New York City and Virgin Animation Private Ltd., based in Bangalore, India, focused on creating original comic books and character properties for a global audience.
Virgin Comics intends to look to Asia, and India in particular, as both a growing market for consumers of entertainment products and also a source for unique, innovative content to be brought to the world in comics and licensing into movies, animation, toys, videogames and consumer products. In addition to the Indian-infused, Shakti line – through the Virgin Comics Maverick and Director’s Cut imprints – the company will tap into innovative creators in comics, film and entertainment from around the world.” Source – AWN
Its an interesting play – tapping the Indian and Asian markets with targeted content to create sales, but also mining inspiration for unique ideas that will play well elsewhere. I think a few things will affect the outcome:
- Are stories truly universal
- does sanitizing cultural references out of content for a broader market appeal remove the charm of seemingly good stories
- and does #2 also remove what’s new about these ideas.
Obviously, the real challenges are numbers 2 & 3 – but Branson seems to have put together an interesting team. I have to admit, other than for name recognition, I’m pretty baffled by Deepak Chopra’s involvement. I’m interested to see where that goes. Anyone have insight they would like to share? Apparently, comics aren’t the only thing Chopra will be writing for Virgin. Check out Deepak Chopra’s Kama Sutra. I guess it won’t be “Virgin Books” for long. Ahem..
Anyway, despite my slight bewilderment, I’m still hopeful for this venture, if for no other reason than for the entry of another BIG producer into the market of animated and comic content.
What are your thoughts? Discuss it over at Milowerx Media.
January 7, 2006 2 Comments