Disney-Pixar merger - Hollywood Reporter.com
Thanks again to ALIASd for this story. :)
Suits are out. Hawaiian shirts are in with John Lasseter and Ed Catmull in charge at Disney. Can David reprogram the soul of Goliath?
By Robert La Franco
Full story at : http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr..._id=1002651181
On his first visit to the Walt Disney Co.'s Burbank headquarters as its chief creative officer, John Lasseter marched straight to the animation building bearing an uncompromising message. "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building," he said, leveling his comments at the handful of creative executives who had been running Disney's animation division.
Within seconds, the "Happiest Place on Earth" began to live up to its name again. Disney had acquired Pixar Animation Studios for $7.4 billion less than a week earlier, and the tiny digital animation house was wasting no time in taking over. Lasseter was given control of creative output, and Pixar president Ed Catmull took the same position at Disney. The message was clear: There were new sheriffs in town, and they were looking to play.
A triumphant buzz spread immediately throughout the animation industry. "This is like seeing the Orcs being driven out of Middle-Earth -- I am overjoyed," was the word on one Internet message board from Will Finn, a former Disney animator who most recently directed the 2004 boxoffice dud "Home on the Range." A posting on Cartoonbrew.com showed an ecstatic Thumper kicking up his feet in uncontainable joy next to the headline, "And There Was Much Rejoicing."
Re: Disney-Pixar merger - Hollywood Reporter.com
Am I the only person to catch (or care about) the following comment from the article:
"Sure enough, once this year's deal was in place and Pixar was firmly in charge, Goodman quietly was shunted aside, as was Disney animation chief David Stainton."
Did I miss something? Is Don Goodman no more?
Or is the reporter out to lunch, and he actually meant to write Marty Sklar? :blink:
Truthfully, I was a bit surprised by the candor of these statements as well:
"Last year, when it was clear that Pixar was being drawn to the negotiating table with Iger, Lasseter called Baxter up to Pixar headquarters in Emeryville, Calif., and grilled him for an entire day about the Disney operation. At the end of the day, Lasseter told Baxter that he couldn't say why, but he should by all means stay put -- that someday soon, Baxter would be given more power than he had enjoyed to that point."
Gee... nothing like unveiling your plans for world domination the night before the invasion. Sort of takes away the "shock & awe" of your whole operation, doesn't it?