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    John Musker and Ron Clements will be returning to Walt Disney Feature Animation

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    Sources close to the Walt Disney Company tell o-meon.com that the popular feature animation production team of John Musker and Ron Clements will be returning to Walt Disney Feature Animation (WDFA). Musker and Clements, whose work as writers and director and producer includes The Little Mermaid, Hercules, and Treasure Planet, left WDFA last year after the studio refused to green light their latest feature animation project, Fraidy Cat.

    In meetings held earlier this week at Walt Disney Studios, Ed Catmull, currently President of Pixar animation and soon to be the executive in charge of the newly formed Disney-Pixar animation studio, told staffers that both he and John Lasseter, who will be the new studio's creative head, want to focus their attention on the creative process at WDFA. Part of that focus involves the return of, at least, some of Disney’s lost creative talent as Catmull singled out the return of Musker and Clements to illustrate his point.
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    Re: John Musker and Ron Clements will be returning to Walt Disney Feature Animation

    so little mermaid, great!!! hercules, ok,,, but treasure planet, STINKO!!
    however it's nice to see creativity looked at in a positive light.

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    Re: John Musker and Ron Clements will be returning to Walt Disney Feature Animation

    Actually rumors have it that Treasure Planet got a HUGE amount of "excutive
    input" which changed the story well beyond what Muskar and Clements intended.

    I've also heard a rumor that "Little Mermaid" up to "Hercules" was still on
    Walt's "to-do" list. And if you look at it that really was the point where
    things started to go the wayside.

    On the other hand, I kind of liked Treasure Planet. So what do I know? :-)

    BTW. Ed Catmull has a PhD in Computer Science and a very bright guy.
    He's actually the "father" of Renderman which is/was a truly revolutionary piece of software
    in its day. (Now it's just a very nice tool).

    Interesting that he's involved in such a creative (and political) position. But sounds like a
    very good move for WDFA.
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    Re: John Musker and Ron Clements will be returning to Walt Disney Feature Animation

    Please put posts with external links in the community outpost.

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    Re: John Musker and Ron Clements will be returning to Walt Disney Feature Animation

    The future does seem to be a little brighter at WDFA. And I liked treasure planet! A great story with a lot of heart, IMHO.

    To each his or her own I guess!
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    Re: John Musker and Ron Clements will be returning to Walt Disney Feature Animation

    I was so wrong about Bob Iger! This man is so AWESOME! We finally have an executive that, "gets it," and is surrounding himself with creatives and LETTING THEM DO THERE JOB! Bob if you read this THANK YOU!

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    Re: John Musker and Ron Clements will be returning to Walt Disney Feature Animation

    They need to bring back the Brizzi Brothers

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    Re: John Musker and Ron Clements will be returning to Walt Disney Feature Animation

    This is great news that "new" management appreciates talent. I think this is wonderful news.
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    Re: John Musker and Ron Clements will be returning to Walt Disney Feature Animation

    Quote Originally Posted by Ghostbuster626
    They need to bring back the Brizzi Brothers
    Agreed.

    But gee willikers! This is a good start!

    I'll take these 'little steps' over backsliding anytime!

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    Re: John Musker and Ron Clements will be returning to Walt Disney Feature Animation

    There are alot of things I like about "Treasure Planet", but its troubles were numerous.

    One, it reportedly had a very long and tortured development phase, no doubt involving a generous amount of managerial interference. The result is that the story and characterizations probably weren't quite where they should have been when this actually went to production.

    Two, it was horribly marketed.

    Three, it was Disney's second big holiday release for families in 2002, released just a couple of weeks after the surprisingly popular "The Santa Clause 2" (meaning it never had a chance to find an audience since Disney forced it to compete with another Disney release).

    And four, it was Disney's second high-profile animated film of the year following "Lilo & Stitch" or third if you include "Return to Neverland". So there was probably a little bit of Disney animation fatique from moviegoers.

    Obviously, most of this was out of Clements' and Musker's control. I think they did the best they could and clearly had alot of affection for the material. I agree it is encouraging if they really are being brought back. Things are continuing to look up for Disney animation!
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    Re: John Musker and Ron Clements will be returning to Walt Disney Feature Animation

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    Re: John Musker and Ron Clements will be returning to Walt Disney Feature Animation

    This is great news.

    It looks like the new regime is off to a good start at reversing the damage of the last one.

    I never saw Treasure Planet, but I do know that the version that hit theaters was in no way what Musker and Clements had originally intended. So many creative decisions were made in the accounting department.
    Their track record, not including TP, speaks for itself.

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