“Michael Eisner is still getting under Steve Jobs’ skin. During a conference call with analysts on Thursday, Jobs took aim at the Walt Disney Co. chief executive, referring to him as a ‘loose cannon.’ Jobs, the chief executive of both Pixar Animation Studios and Apple Computer Inc., was asked about a dig Eisner took at Pixar last week at an investor conference at Walt Disney World in Florida. Responding to a question about the Burbank entertainment giant’s own digital efforts, Eisner described as ‘pretty pathetic’ the computerized human characters created by Pixar, compared with the ones Disney itself is working on with veteran animator Glen Keane, director of the studio’s forthcoming film ‘Rapunzel Unbraided,'” Claudia Eller reports for The Los Angeles Times.
“Jobs said sarcastically: ‘Our films don’t stack up to ‘Atlantis,’ ‘Emperor’s New Groove’ or ‘Treasure Planet.” All three were hand-drawn Disney disappointments. Jobs then made the loose-cannon reference, saying he figured that it explained why Eisner would say such a thing,” Eller reports.
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