I agree that this is definitely a good thing. Pixar is better at storytelling and filmmaking than anyone else at the Studio, bar none. I've been saying for a while now that the dream Disney scenario would be for Pixar to totally take over Walt Disney Pictures, The OLC to take over Parks and Resorts, let ESPN go do its own thing, and then spin off what's left of TWDC to die a slow, agonizing, mediocre death...
Not that there's any chance of any of that happening ever, but one can dream
I knew if this business was ever to get anywhere, if this business was ever to grow, it could never do it by having to answer to someone unsympathetic to its possibilities, by having to answer to someone with only one thought or interest, namely profits. For my idea of how to make profits has differed greatly from those who generally control businesses such as ours. I have blind faith in the policy that quality, tempered with good judgment and showmanship, will win against all odds.
I'm just glad that Disney isn't so haughty that they can't admit they need help. This bodes well for the future of Disney. That they can ask for help means they know they have a problem. That means they can learn and change.
Our revels now are ended. These our actors, As I foretold you, were all spirits and Are melted into air, into thin air: And, like the baseless fabric of this vision, The cloud-capp'd towers, the gorgeous palaces, The solemn temples, the great globe itself, Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve And, like this insubstantial pageant faded, Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff As dreams are made on, and our little life Is rounded with a sleep. mycroft16 on Twitter
Pixar reviews live-action Muppet movie script Disney execs clearly hoping to identify and avoid potential problems before filming begins Courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter July 22, 2010 The Muppets are getting Pixar-lated. Principals involved with Disney's upcoming live-action picture starring Jason Segel flew to Pixar headquarters in Emeryville, Calif., on Wednesday for a table read of the project. This is the second recent example of the animation house assisting its Disney parent with a live-action feature after it helped shape reshoots for the upcoming sci-fi tentpole "Tron Legacy." Some of the members of the so-called "Pixar Brain Trust" -- filmmakers John Lasseter, Brad Bird, Pete Docter, Andrew Stanton, Michael Arndt, Bob Peterson and president Ed Catmull -- were there for the consultations. On the Disney side, Muppets director James Bobin and producers David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman were likely in the room along with Segel. Neither Pixar nor Disney would comment. Jason Segel, co-writer and human lead in the new Muppet film.Beyond whatever advice might have come down for the project at hand, the fact that Pixar has its fingers in the Muppets pie suggests that Disney, under the new regime of Rich Ross and Sean Bailey, is intent on taking advantage of its subsidiary's storytelling abilities. Pixar still is batting 1.000 with critics and commercially, with "Toy Story 3" being its 11th hit in a row. The film has grossed $366.9 million since its June 18 release, becoming the top domestic grosser of the year, surpassing the $334.2 million collected by Disney's "Alice in Wonderland." (Worldwide, "Alice" still is far ahead with $1.02 billion in grosses; the global tally for "Toy" stands at $634.4 million as its international rollout continues.) At the same time, the new Disney regime has been hampered by a string of underperformers -- "When in Rome," "The Last Song," "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" and the just-opened misfire "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" -- that it inherited from the studio's previous administration. Despite his success at the Disney Channels, Ross has no feature filmmaking experience, and Bailey, though seasoned as a producer, is new to top studio management. The new Disney team is eager to avail itself of Pixar's expertise -- and the filmmakers involved don't appear to harbor any reluctance about taking advice from Pixar, either. James Bobin, a British film director, writer and producer, will direct "The Greatest Muppet Movie Ever Made." "If you want to get good ideas, why not talk to the Brain Trust?" Bailey said several weeks ago in remarks about the "Tron" meet-up, which took place in March. Using "Tron" and the Muppets as examples, Disney insiders point out that Ross and Bailey are building bridges between divisions, a shift in strategy from previous regimes, where departments were less communicative and more focused on their own projects. On the Pixar side, there doesn't seem to be resistance to helping out the live-action unit at Disney. The sessions, at least so far, lasted only a day each, though after the "Tron" event, Arndt wrote some pages for the already-scheduled reshoots. In Wednesday's session, Disney execs clearly were hoping to identify and avoid potential problems before shooting begins. The Muppets movie is not officially greenlighted, and a possible outcome from the daylong get-together might be some rewrites. The exchanges during the sessions have been described as "very honest" by some, "nerve-racking" by others. "You're in the presence of people who have never had a misfire," one "Tron" attendee said. At Pixar, Catmull and Lasseter intentionally foster a collaborative but rigorous atmosphere in which their filmmakers' work is reviewed regularly by their peers. Speaking this year at a conference on innovation that the Economist held in Berkeley, Calif., Catmull said: "We have a structure so they get their feedback from their peers. Every two or three months, they present 'the film' to the other filmmakers, and they will tear the film apart. And it's very important for that dynamic to work because it could be a brutal process; there needs to be the feeling they are all helping each other who wants that help." When Catmull and Lasseter took over Disney's animation unit, they used the same process to fine-tune Disney toons like last year's "The Princess and the Frog" -- which offered the Pixar Brain Trust a thank-you in its end credits -- and the upcoming "Tangled." What remains unclear is how often and on which other live-action movies Disney plans to ask for the Pixar touch. With its whimsical mix of puppets and humans, the Muppets pic seems to fall within the Pixar wheelhouse; in the case of "Tron," the filmmakers turned to Pixar -- Lasseter is a big fan of the original "Tron" -- for help in enriching the emotional tone and fleshing out the characters for the sci-fi tale set inside the world of computers. "There are a lot of Muppet fans up there at Pixar. Both sides were excited and curious," one Disney insider said. "I wouldn't read too much into it. Pixar is acting more as a friend of the court."
Good morning, son
In twenty years from now
Maybe we'll both sit down and have a few beers
And I can tell you 'bout today
And how I picked you up and everything changed
It was pain
Sunny days and rain
I knew you'd feel the same things...
I think it's extremely smart on Disney's part to consult Pixar even in its live-action movies. They've gone way beyond just being incredible animators: they're also visionaries when it comes to developing fresh and original story ideas that could appeal to anyone from any age group (I'm 21 years old and I'm not ashamed to admit I cried during Toy Story 3 ).
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