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Re: Will Disney buy DWA?

Postby Randall » June 28th, 2014, 1:38 am

Hopefully we still see 3. 2 is a decent hit, actually, its only failing is that expectations were ridiculously high... and that DWA was getting desperate for a hit.
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Re: Will Disney buy DWA?

Postby ShyViolet » June 28th, 2014, 3:18 pm

That's good to know. I really loved seeing Hiccup as a man and can't wait to see what happens next. :)
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Re: Will Disney buy DWA?

Postby Ben » July 2nd, 2014, 4:32 am

I think 3 will be made, only perhaps on a tighter budget leash. It sounds as if future character development on older versions has already been done, so it shouldn't be too hard to bring things down to a more manageable level of cost, even if the resulting film is maybe shorter. Dragon 2 will make enough to warrant the third creatively, though, with international and home video factored in, so I don't think we'll be left in the dark there. :)

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Re: Will Disney buy DWA?

Postby EricJ » July 10th, 2014, 7:35 pm

And just off the front page headlines:

Dreamworks Animation In Concert
http://www.pitchengine.com/pitches/1fcb ... ebook=true

(Wow, imagine a whole orchestra playing "Funkytown", "Who Let the Dogs Out" and "Kung Fu Fighting"...) :P

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Re: Will Disney buy DWA?

Postby Randall » July 10th, 2014, 8:24 pm

I have to admit, that was funny.

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Re: Will Disney buy DWA?

Postby ShyViolet » July 29th, 2014, 4:39 pm

An addendum to what was posted on the front page:

http://animationguildblog.blogspot.com/ ... e.html?m=1

More talk of "marketing" and "distribution". Ugh. :(
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Re: Will Disney buy DWA?

Postby EricJ » July 30th, 2014, 12:07 am

ShyViolet wrote:An addendum to what was posted on the front page:
http://animationguildblog.blogspot.com/ ... e.html?m=1
More talk of "marketing" and "distribution". Ugh. :(


"Jeffrey is trying to replicate the Mouse House by branching out in ways Walt Disney Productions expanded in the fifties and sixties."

No, he's trying to replicate the Mouse House by BUYING the Mouse House, spare part by spare part, from whatever exiting/fired executive or director he can grab coming out of the back exit.

"But look how well they did with the Dragon movies!" Yeah. That's why he's buying up old spare genuine Disney parts. :roll:

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Re: Will Disney buy DWA?

Postby ShyViolet » July 31st, 2014, 1:17 pm

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Re: Will Disney buy DWA?

Postby TitusTodd » August 2nd, 2014, 5:32 pm

And, of course we know where HTTYD's Chris Sanders came from...

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Re: Will Disney buy DWA?

Postby Ben » August 3rd, 2014, 5:07 pm

I think that was Eric's point!

Interesting read, Vi. I don't think DWA's woes are going to go away...I just can't see Penguins and Panda 3 changing those fortunes, with both movies tracking softly and Home barely registering on any fronts, except for animation geeks, so far.

I've always thought that DW wound be a good fit for Warners. With their deal at 20th now, they're kind of locked in to a studio that already has a strong animated/family pipeline, and they're going to get marked down to Blue Sky and Fox Family's output if they can't produce a hit big enough to warrant Fox's investment and slim percentage fees. But Warners have never really gotten into the feature animation game with any real conviction, so a deal with DW would have given them a stronger animation producer that they could have perhaps powered with better distribution and integration with their classic characters.

However, now even they have Animal Logic (not that this is a big brand-ish name with regular audiences) and so maybe the ship has sailed there. It just seemed to me that DWA's taste for big commercial movies fit pretty well with WB's taste for, um, big commercial movies. In a way it would be cool for them to end up at Disney's (for many obvious reasons), but I think they'd do better to set up a more permanent shop with a major studio that doesn't have such a strong in-house producer. This way, they wouldn't be *so* reliant on franchises and sequels, and would be able to test the limits more, with the likes of Me And My Shadow more of the norm than just Madagascar 3, 4, 5, etc...

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Re: Will Disney buy DWA?

Postby ShyViolet » August 4th, 2014, 3:07 pm

Oh boy. This is even worse than that Kung Fu Panda lawsuit:

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/pomerantz ... MABaXQtDMD
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Re: Will Disney buy DWA?

Postby EricJ » August 4th, 2014, 3:47 pm

Investors ALWAYS sue blindly optimistic/overextended companies for "not telling them" the profits would go down after a bad season, it's traditional.
Not a good sign (like, proof that they're in deep public poopie), but traditional.

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Re: Will Disney buy DWA?

Postby Ben » August 5th, 2014, 6:12 am

I think the legal jargon has you spooked there Vi...this is a pretty usual "creative accounting" suit by the brief looks of things.

Whatever happened to that Panda suit? Did they settle in the end?

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Re: Will Disney buy DWA?

Postby ShyViolet » August 5th, 2014, 4:46 pm

Yeah, DreamWorks won:

viewtopic.php?f=15&t=4522
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Re: Will Disney buy DWA?

Postby ShyViolet » September 1st, 2014, 11:05 am

Don't worry Dragon 3 wishers, D2 was actually a very big hit, so a sequel is more than likely:


http://animationguildblog.blogspot.com/ ... e.html?m=1
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