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Disney losing appetite for fast food
Marketing ties with McDonald's hit lean times
By Rachel Abramowitz
Los Angeles Times
Posted May 7 2006
Full story at: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/business...ness-headlines
For 10 years Disney and McDonald's appeared to have a beautiful billion-dollar marriage. Happy Meals bore little figurines of Nemo, Mr. Incredible, and Peter Pan.
But no more. This is one relationship that's ending because of the children.
Disney is not renewing its billon-dollar, cross-promotional pact with the fast-food giant, which ends with this summer's release of Cars and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. The reason, in part, say multiple high-ranking sources, is the family-friendly entertainment giant wants to distance itself from fast food -- and its links to the epidemic of childhood obesity.