It has begun. This week, Disney initiated the process of pissing away all the fabulous characters, places, and stories that Pixar worked so hard over the past 10 years to create. And it makes sense that they would begin by cannibalizing Toy Story since that’s where this whole mess began in the first place. It began back in 2001 when Pixar made one of the finest sequels in modern memory — a little juggernaut called Toy Story 2 — and Disney refused to accept it as fulfillment of any part of their 5 movie deal since it was a sequel and, therefore, did not represent a new property. Way to shit where you eat.
Now, having pissed off their meal ticket, Disney is attempting to make off with the IP. Only problem is Disney hasn’t made a remotely decent animated film in 10 years. Not recognizing talent when it hits them in the head appears to be Disney’s core skill these days, though the launching of Eisner shows they at least have some clue about the source of the problem.
Handing over the keys to all the brilliantly inspired worlds they’ve built has to pain Jobs and the rest no end. Then again, perhaps they are finding some ways to cope. Does the trailer for Cars look a little sub-par compared to Pixar’s other films? Could it be that Cars director and Pixar chief John Lasseter is taking one for the team? Kinda like when Pat Metheney used his grating white noise album to give a final flick of the finger to Geffen. The way Disney is acting, they have earned nothing less.