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| "Re(1):Disney buys Pixar: but Pixar is in cont" , posted Wed 25 Jan 22:30:|
In case anyone hasn't noticed, what this means is that Steve Jobs essentially owns Disney. Considering the way he's been running hs other companies lately, and considering the joke that Disney's been for the last ten years, that doesn't seem like a bad thing.
Not only does Steve Jobs basically own Disney (which it's speculated he will offically soon, he's very likely going to have Apple buy it out) his Pixar staff pretty much runs Disney Animation now! John Lasetter is the 'Chief Creative Officer' of Disney Studios and what's not to like about that, and he understands the importance of story
I can't wait to see what happens, on paper this is very exciting. I just hope Jobs knows upgrading a best selling item over and over only works with iPods and not Direct to Video movies (oh, I'm sure he does... but if doesn't it's more of the same!)
If he's supposed to be running it, then where does that leave new CEO Robert Iger?
I'm only aware that he known has a prominent place among Disney shareholders is all. *knows nothing of business*
Oh and *edit* got this from Animated News:
David Stainton leaving Walt Disney Feature Animation
As a result of Disney's acquiring Pixar, David Stainton is leaving Walt Disney Feature Animation, an e-mail notice sent to the studio's employees reveals. In his notification, the former president of the animation division is quick to point out that Disney's buying Pixar "is not about a lack of confidence by Bob [Iger] and Dick [Cook] in what we are doing." Likewise, Stainton mentions that his departure from Disney animation will be executed quickly, acknowleding that Ed Catmull and John Lasseter are ready to begin their new roles at Disney. The e-mail in its entirety may be read at CGHAR.
This is kind of exciting a bit. The thought of Lasseter now being charge of Disney's Feature Animation is promising. Kind of sad Stainton's leaving but I guess it's time to start a new era.
And before he joined them again in the purchase of Pixar, didn't Lasseter once work for Disney?
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| "Re(1):Historic: Disney buys Pixar" , posted Wed 25 Jan 23:40:|
To be honest, I didn't want this to happen. As a newfound Disney fan, I'm not sure what to make of it. Disney's always been the coup-de-grand of the animation world. However, Pixar will bring even more to the table and I'm sure John Lasseter will help Disney Feature Animation even more now. This will prove fruitful I'm sure.
There would be more of a problem if Eisner were to currently have the same level of power in Disney that he had before. But, given that Iger (or, at least, not-Eisner) is at the reins now, and seeing the positions Jobs and Lasseter will hold within Disney, I'm for it.
Man... it's still odd to see Pixar now and compare it to how it was. I remember, back when I was in the fifth grade and still in the Bay Area, an animator from Pixar (I think it was Pete Docter) came to talk to the fifth grade class about computer animation. I had missed most of it, as I was taking care of something else outside the classroom there -- but I at least caught the end of it and thought it was pretty cool. I came home, told my then-in-seventh-grade brother about it, and he decided would do a needed school report on them. So he called them, and they accepted to do a small sort of interview. We went there, and Pete Docter (here I'm sure) showed us around their much-smaller offices. At that point, they were in progress on two commercials -- a Listerine commercial where a bottle was vine-swinging through a jungle, and a LifeSavers Holes commercial where they were all on the beach.
Was a pretty awesome experience. For a while, because of it, I was dead set on being a computer animator when I grew up. I kept watching a tape of three Pixar shorts (Tin Toy, Luxo Jr., and Red's Dream), which we checked out from a local library, over and over and over, and I'd run to the TV every time a computer-animated commercial or short came up. And I kept begging my dad to buy expensive 3D rendering software (though, thinking about it now, I don't know how well it would've worked on a 486DX2-66 with 32 MB RAM). Given that the packages were several hundred dollars, he (reasonably) never accepted.
The career interest passed several years after -- but I still look back on that whole visit and say, "Man -- that was pretty cool."
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