Here is what I am hoping for when it comes to the
future of CG animation-- According to CNN, Pixar Animation is still considering
working a deal with Disney and hang around. This deal MUST come after Michael
Eisner is fully out of Disney [Pixar was not happy with tough contract negotiations
with Eisner]. Now, it would be great if Pixar did hang out, as there are
a ton of great animations that could easily have great sequels [sequels
that must be tied to Disney].
Pixar is known for Toy Story
, A Bug's Life
, Finding Nemo
, The Incredibles
, and the upcoming
But, here is the scary part-- Even if Pixar does not remain with the company,
Disney still plans to go forward with sequel production. Oh no! Get ready
for straight to video CG animations!
Disney and Pixar-- Sequels
That is correct, even if Pixar does leave Disney,
you can still expect some sequels for Toy Story, Finding Nemo,
and Monsters Inc. While sequels for films such as these would normally
be nice and fulfilling, it is Disney that worries me. Disney is notoriously
known for crap straight to video sequels. They have yet to change their
'sequel policy', but they better have to if they plan to go forward without
Pixar. Crappy sequels can ruin some of our favorite animations.
The old Pixar/Disney contract had the two companies
split all costs and revenues for the animated films created. This contract
has grossed revenues up to
$3.2 billion dollars. So you can't really say either company is hurting.
However, a small gain in the contract from either company could mean millions
of dollars lost and millions of dollars gained. Hence, renewal of this
contract may prove extremely difficult. But, again, I am hoping these two
mammoths can work out their differences.
For more info, go to CNN
On a promising note, with the increase in competing animation companies,
expect more epic CG animated films to come. While we first only had Pixar
and Dreamworks, there is now also Blue Sky [distributed through 20th Century
Fox], who has Ice Age, Robots,
and an upcoming Ice Age 2 in their film portfolio.
Stay tuned for updates.