“All eyes will be on a little chicken this weekend as Disney releases its first home-grown, entirely computer-generated feature,” Sandy Brown reports for TheStreet.com. “If Chicken Little has wings — and it’s far from certain that it will, given the recent uneven results from Disney’s once-storied animated studio — it could help the media giant reassert itself just as high-profile talks loom with Pixar’s Steve Jobs. On the other hand, if the sky falls, Jobs will have a little more leverage when the parties start serious negotiations in coming weeks.”
“‘I think it has huge implications,'” one media analyst says of the movie’s box office performance. “‘I think it might show that they [Disney] can’t seem to get animation right and need a relationship with Pixar.'” To be sure, one of the big questions in lotus land these days is what will become of the Disney/Pixar relationship — and for that matter the Pixar animation studio’s future, given its distribution situation,” Brown reports. “Marla Backer of Soleil Securities says that neither Disney nor Pixar is expecting Pixar-like numbers out of Chicken Little. In essence, unless the movie unexpectedly does enormous box office, Backer believes the two parties will move closer to a new distribution deal.”
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