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Former Disney Studio Head on Pixar

Joe Roth, former chairman of Walt Disney Studios and current board member of Pixar talks merger according to IMDb. According to Roth, even though Disney acquired Pixar, Pixar will be the one running the show, at least creatively. Basically, Disney hasn't been able to come up with profitable properties, so Pixar will just take that over. According to the article, the plan is for Disney to produce one original animated flick and one sequel a year. More good news is that John Lasseter and Steve Jobs will resist the urge to make profits through cheap straight to video sequels.

The good news here is that it looks like Pixar will return the focus on quality picture to Disney Studios. If their past performance is any indication, things bode well, even if they are forced to do sequels. Toy Story 2 was originally intended to be a straight to video sequel, but it tested so well, they released it in theaters instead. I only wish that studios would do the same thing in reverse. If it doesn't test well, release straight to video, and save us from repeated viewings of misleading trailers. --Terrence Ryan

Posted by on February 16, 2006 6:34 PM
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