The move to close down the traditional animation department spurred many to cry out that Disney had abandoned it's roots.
Faltering talks with Pixar has one of the last vestiges of creativity possibly leaving the mouse for more profitable pastures.
The Mouse has set up their own CG department to create their OWN brilliant CG Animation with their OWN Original Ideas.
Many would look at this situation and say that Disney has lost it's way. Some feel that Disney just doesn't know how to be original any more. This is only partially true. More to the point they've only lost their guts.
First off, Disney hasn't really abandoned traditional animation, nor have they lost the idea of what creativity is. Disney has just relegated risky creative moves to outside companies while reaping modest to stellar benefits. While the in-house Sequel Tank in Burbank produces safe, low-cost traditional animation schlock like this Disney Studios is distributing work like this. While Pixar produces hit after hit for the Mouse, at considerable financial risk to themselves, Disney is content to keep it's creative neck almost fully retracted while testing the waters in CG animation with direct to video releases and in park movie attractions. We'll see how the new department can pull off a CG feature film later on this year with Chicken Little, which I've heard, is kinda cute and not too bad.
In my opnion, or in internet speak, IMHO, Disney is simply taking the route of the conservative business model nowadays. They are farming out the more financialy risky ventures to outside sources and benefiting, while maintaining and regrouping. I am NOT liking it, nor am I personally in agreement with it. But that is what they are doing.
They have, in a sense, abandonded their roots. For example Walt Disney bet the entire Studio on Snow White. Lucky for him it worked.
Today it is an entirely different game. Movies cost more and there is more at stake. A chain of bad investments would have the vultures of corporate America swarming again. Hey who said Comcast! Disney has become overstuffed and fattened and too afraid to be bold and creative anymore. Disney has become too afraid to be original.
What do you think?