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Disney and Pixar Not Divorced Yet

Published March 15, 2005 in Movie News
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Pixar Animation
Pixar Pixar is known for Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, and the upcoming film Cars.
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].

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 Money

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.

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