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    Under the Sea With Disney - Motley Fool 10/13/06

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    Under the Sea With Disney

    You've gotta love Disney. Or, rather, you've gotta love the Disney brand. Especially if you're a shareholder.

    The Little Mermaid recently made its debut on DVD in a special collector's edition. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the product moved 4 million discs in its initial seven days of release. By comparison, News Corp.'s and Marvel Entertainment's latest X-Men sequel sold 5 million units in its first seven days.

    I don't know about you, but that says something to me. Consider that The Little Mermaid was released to theaters back in the late '80s and has had a previous run on video. Plus, there was a direct-to-video sequel of the film several years ago. The world has been amply exposed to the Mermaid mythology, yet Disney can pull off a successful release in 2006. As a shareholder, I'm thankful.

    But before this turns into a cheerleading session for the Mouse, let me say that the company has its work cut out for it. After all, will a collector's release of Chicken Little and/or The Wild foster the same kind of excitement 20 years down the line? It's difficult to say. We all know that the big story in Disney animation has been, for a long time now, the Pixar brand. Now that Disney and Pixar have intermingled their respective corporate DNAs, the fact that Pixar has outshone Disney in the generation of animated classics-in-the-making is no longer such a shadow -- indeed, it arguably strengthens Bob Iger in his quest to outshine DreamWorks Animation. Nevertheless, Iger has to ensure that the integration of his talent and the talent of John Lasseter finally catalyzes Disney's non-Pixar branded features in such a way that the conglomerate sees Lion King-like grosses once again.
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    Re: Under the Sea With Disney - Motley Fool 10/13/06

    But before this turns into a cheerleading session for the Mouse, let me say that the company has its work cut out for it. After all, will a collector's release of Chicken Little and/or The Wild foster the same kind of excitement 20 years down the line? It's difficult to say.
    It's not difficult: No, they won't foster excitement in 20 years. They didn't foster excitement in the theaters, they didn't foster excitement in their first DVD release, and they won't ever foster exceitment.
    Not difficult at all to say.
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    Re: Under the Sea With Disney - Motley Fool 10/13/06

    Quote Originally Posted by sediment View Post
    It's not difficult: No, they won't foster excitement in 20 years. They didn't fostrer excitement in the theaters, they didn't foster excitement in their first DVD release, and they won't ever foster exceitment.
    Not difficult at all to say.
    Not to mention Treasure Planet, Atlantis, Home on the Range, I'd wager...
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    Re: Under the Sea With Disney - Motley Fool 10/13/06

    Sediment took the words out of my mouth....!

    BTW. what do you guys think is the LAST non-pixar animated movie that WDC can do this with?

    Mulan? Hercules? Maybe Emperor's New Groove? (that one's a stretch in my book)...
    Last edited by nish221; 10-13-2006 at 01:24 PM. Reason: Added "animated"... otherewise, we have Narnia

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    Re: Under the Sea With Disney - Motley Fool 10/13/06

    Quote Originally Posted by nish221 View Post
    Sediment took the words out of my mouth....!

    BTW. what do you guys think is the LAST non-pixar animated movie that WDC can do this with?

    Mulan? Hercules? Maybe Emperor's New Groove? (that one's a stretch in my book)...
    Groove has grown on me a little. Haven't watched "Jerkules" in some time. Nor Mulan (though I like it).

    (And no, I was not being sarcastic. Caustic, sure.)
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