Studios suitors ‘falling all over themselves’ to woo Steve Jobs’ Pixar

“Now that the studio behind the blockbuster ‘Finding Nemo’ has cut bait with Walt DisneyCo., Pixar Animation Inc. can expect to find itself at the center of a feeding frenzy. ‘There’s nothing closer to a sure thing,’ said one studio executive who expects to be lining up with other Hollywood rivals to court the remarkably successful Pixar,” Sallie Hofmeister and Meg James write for The Los Angeles Times.

“Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures Entertainment andMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. said Thursday that they would pursue Pixar and its picture-perfect record. All five of Pixar’s feature-length animated films

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  1. It was really stupid for Disney to let Pixar go. I am sure that will be one of the famous fubars that goes down in history. Mike Eisner is proving the Disney nephew who resigned last year right. He is royally screwing up; going for short term profits and screwing the future.

  2. NoPCZone is right here, many brand owners hive off licensing to specialist agencies who know exactly what buttons to press and how to screw toy and games manufacturers.

  3. Disney has had no direction for years. They have made the most putrid crap and have sold it based on their Walted reputation. This is a great move.

    Pixar up over 4%, Disney down 1.5% today, says it all.

  4. No way Disney can buy Pixar creatives. They fired their creative people in the last years to cut losses. Who in his right mind would chose to give up the “creative first” atmosphere at Pixar to join a company that’s made a living ripping off old fairy tales and legends. And then “Jungle Book II”, how desperate can you get?

  5. Disney is one of the most repulsive, rapacious and downright nasty firms in the US. It was always suggested that its former head – Walt – was a racist, fascist and anti-semite. Both Walt Disney and Gunther Lessing were often found at American Nazi Party meetings in Hollywood prior to the US entering the war.
    All verifiable too… and what was (and still is) true, is the appalling treatment of Disney staff. Disney recently fired over 140 animators and the company’s reputation for poor conditions, lousy benefits, and below par salaries is very well-known in the media.

    Disney – as a company – produced some classic animated films it’s true, but they were always filled with Walt’s own home-spun philosophy of ‘right and wrong’, his racism [blacks have been routinely been portrayed as lazy and untrustworthy ‘crows’ for example] and his warped world view. He was also an enthusiastic, ‘friendly’ witness for the FBI during the McCarthy witchhunts, in which he helped destroy the livelyhoods of hundreds of people.

    Nasty man, repugnant company… good riddance, I say… I fervently hope Disney goes into extinction.

  6. …. oh, and a final snippet about Disney:

    In her memoirs, German Nazi filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl claims that after ‘Kristallnacht’ she approached every studio in Hollywood looking for work. No studio head would even screen her movies – EXCEPT Walt Disney.”

  7. I agree with MCCFR. Warner does have a great history of classic animation although recently they don’t do much animation anymore. Their last animation “Iron Giant” (Animatrix does not count, right?) was a beautifully drawn story which unfortunately didn’t do much at the box office even though it was a great movie (I think it did well in home video market, though). Compared to Disney’s latests, Iron Giant was a masterpiece. I think Pixar can find a home with Warner.

    OTOH, it must be said though that history of great animations can’t be used to judge a current studio as the current situation proved: Disney sucked.

  8. “However, can Disney really afford to let PIXAR go? Disney’s original content is far south of money made via PIXAR! ” – John Hood

    Whether Disney can or can’t afford to, it’s done. Pixar is gone.

    “… company that’s made a living ripping off old fairy tales and legends. And then “Jungle Book II”, how desperate can you get?” – hagar57

    Can you say royalty-free popular stories? Ironically, Disney is one of the companies who got the Congress to perpetually extend the copyright expiration so that their Mickey Mouse won’t fall into public domain.

    I just have a thought about Fox. I hope Pixar does not go with Fox or Paramount. Both studios withheld their libraries from DVD in early stages as they didn’t think customers should have high quality, digital movies. Warner, OTOH, is one of the forces behind DVD. That shows commitment to consumer market: us.

  9. It’s bad news for Disney no matter what. Pixar paid for their marketing (15% of net) and gave up 50% of sales to Disney. I don’t know about the licensing of toys… But they had a deal that might seem good to an unproven company. If I were Eisner, I would have given Jobs 100% of profits in exchange for relicensing. Right now, Disney gets 100% of nothing. Expect them to re-market old Pixar movies to death.

    And in a nasty trick from the record world, Toy Story II didn’t count as one of the 5 movies since it was a sequel (still a movie, unless you are a lawyer). So don’t expect Pixar to do Toy Story III. So don’t bother going to see it.

    It will be semi-sweet to see a great movie out of “The Incredibles”. I’m sure the characters will be really engaging.

    I’m sure there will be a dog-fight in the courts later between Disney and Pixar. Disney’s concept is that they should make all the money if the breathe on you. I’m sure its a law down in Orlando.

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