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SteamPoweredKleenex - 2013-02-03

Nice to see Cartoon Ringo Starr finding work again. I'm sure that 1960's Beatles cartoon meant he was typecast for years.

Stopheles - 2013-02-03

Saw this in the theater with my preschool-age son before WRECK-IT RALPH and wasn't sure at the time if that meant that Disney made the feature film for adults, or if the intro short was a bone tossed to parents before the feature to which they'd taken their kid.

It ended up being both and neither. I was pretty happy.

chairsforcheap - 2013-02-03

fucking love every millisecond of this

dairyqueenlatifah - 2013-02-03

Agreed. This is absolutely wonderful in every way.

In before the usual "Disney sucks and everything they've done since 1998 and ever will do is terrible" etc.

SteamPoweredKleenex - 2013-02-03

Disney seems to have learned its lessons (a bit) when it comes to letting creativity have a chance every so often, more so than most media companies.

However, its cable TV channel offerings (mostly the live-action stuff) are IQ-lowering, and it's letting its own bad case of sequel-itis infect Pixar to an alarming degree.

snothouse - 2013-02-03

Gravity Falls being the exception to the rule.

Old_Zircon - 2013-02-03

I still can't get passed the horrible Dissney art paradigm. Everyone looks like a Bratz doll with down's syndrome.

Old_Zircon - 2013-02-03

I'd put the "everything they've done since 19XX has sucked" line at more like 1948 than 1998, too. Except for Darby O'Gill.

sosage - 2013-02-03

I have my doubts the Disney machine has "learned" anything, in the positive creative-friendly sense being implied. This likely took an insane amount of political shoving and pushing from those involved to even get beyond the synopsis stage.

...with that said, this is fucking great!

themilkshark - 2013-02-04

Roger Iger went to Disneyland Japan after he took crooked CEO Michael Eisner's job. Iger watched their version of the Main Street Parade, and noticed that the only characters from the past 40 years represented in the parade were the Toy Story characters. Pixar was famously approaching the end of their distribution deal with Disney, and was possibly going to become Disney's competition. Disney actually had sequels to Toy Story and Monsters Inc. in production because they retained the rights to the properties. Iger didn't want to lose the soul of Disney, which he considers Pixar to be, because he saw Chicken Little and Treasure Planet. The deal to keep Pixar under the Disney umbrella made Pixar the largest shareholders of the company. This basically means that the director of The Brave Little Toaster runs Disney and has done really well for them the last 10 years.

Xenocide - 2013-02-04

It depends on the production, really. Disney did a wonderful job with Wreck it Ralph (one of the best movies I saw last year, seriously) because they just turned Rich Moore loose and let him do his thing. In fairness, it wasn't entirely his concept, as Disney had been trying to get an animated "life inside a video game" movie off the ground since at least the early 90's.

On the other hand, some of their other productions (like the upcoming Frozen) bear little to no resemblance to what they were before they were torn to shreds by studio notes from the execs upstairs.

chairsforcheap - 2013-02-04

oh my god.. wreck it ralph was so goddamn fun... the product placement kept throwing me into rage fits though, where i had to pause the movie... Seriously, you're going to take me out of sarah silverman and john c. reilley riffing to talk about mentos? kill me now.

Bort - 2013-02-03

Then we discover her father was killed by a paper airplane.

snothouse - 2013-02-03

I hope this starts a trend. Also, good on Disney for letting be in black and white. I can't think of the last major studio offering since Ed Wood to do that.

SteamPoweredKleenex - 2013-02-03

Black and white and red. Old trick.

WHO WANTS DESSERT - 2013-02-03

Disney just released Frankenweenie a few months ago, which was entirely black-and-white.

sosage - 2013-02-03

Was Sin City considered major studio?

boner - 2013-02-03

The Man Who Wasn't There? Don't know if that counts

Racketeer - 2013-02-03

When Disney puts effort into being creative, they often get good results.

Gmork - 2013-02-03

Lovely, but my peeve about stupid facial expressions in disney movies gets severely activated around 0:40.

William Burns - 2013-02-03

What is novel about this? Did it really take Disney 13 years to catch up with Futurama? Also, I second the irritation with Horrible Disney Facial Expressions.

themilkshark - 2013-02-04

Ugh, fuck your opinion.

Xenocide - 2013-02-04

This cartoon might be the last nail in the coffin of traditional animation. It is also fucking delightful.

TeenerTot - 2013-02-04

The end of big studio traditional animation, perhaps. I think (hope?) there will always be fantastic stuff coming from independent folks out there.

themilkshark - 2013-02-04

Traditional animation isn't gone, it just went digital.

Jet Bin Fever - 2013-02-04

Congratulations Disney, maybe you can be okay without Pixar someday.

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