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    Disney to scrap direct-to-DVD sequels

    Gary Gentile
    the Associated Press
    June 23, 2007

    LOS ANGELES

    In a major strategy shift, the Walt Disney Co. said it will stop making direct-to-DVD sequels of such classic animated films as Cinderella, a move that reflects the growing influence of former Pixar Animation executives John Lasseter and Steve Jobs, who once called the films "embarrassing."

    The change comes with a shake-up at the company's DisneyToon Studios, including the removal of longtime President Sharon Morrill, who will continue with the company in another capacity, Disney said Friday.

    DisneyToon Studios will become part of Walt Disney Feature Animation and report directly to Animation President Ed Catmull and Lasseter, who assumed roles there after Disney bought Pixar Animation Studio last year for $7.4 billion in stock.

    DisneyToon will now only produce original DVD films, including the upcoming film starring the fairy Tinkerbell. Little Mermaid III, currently in production, will be the last DVD sequel released.

    Disney has been a leader in the direct-to-DVD category, selling millions of copies of such films as Lion King 1 1/2 and Bambi II.

    http://www.orlandosentinel.com/enter...599,full.story
    I'm glad that they are finally doing this because who seresouly purchased movies like Bambi 2 and such others. Mr. Lasseter has done much good for the company since becoming part of the company. I can't wait and see what he does to the parks. How about a 21st century Haunted Mansion
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    Fantastic news! Good find.
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      This has been pretty old news but it's ALWAYS great to see a reminder that it's still in fact happening!


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        This one was news to me! FINALLY! About time someone axed that particular strategy from the company. Got to agree that they were just embarrassing.

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          :clap: :clap:

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            I also hadn't heard about this. All I can say is YEA!!!!!!:yea:

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                Thanks for the information.
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                  So it's finally official?

                  Thank God.

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                  • #10
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                    I remember the news this was going to happen back when Lasseter first came back to Disney.

                    It's just nice to see it in official font and colors though.
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                      This is wonderful news!!!
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                        Thank God, those sequels were awful. When I was a child, The Fox and the Hound was my all time favorite movie. For nostalgias sake, my mother bought me the fox and the hound 2 for Christmas or my birthday or something like that. I watched it for the first time yesterday and it was awful. It had none of the charm of the original and didn't even really fit into the universe of the first one. It was absolutely dreadful and I will never watch it again.

                        Bambi II was actually ok, but still nowhere as good as the original. All these sequels have done is hurt the memories we have of the original.

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                        • #13
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                          Thank you Mr. Iger and Mr. Lassiter for doing this. Disney does a lot of things correctly and it's wonderful news hearing things get back on track.
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                          • #14
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                            Kudos to Iger and Lasseter for closing down's Eisner's "White Slavery" Division. These infomercial quality "sequels" were poison to the Disney reputation.
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                              when is little mermaid 3 coming out?
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