Ron Miller was Walt Disney's son-in-law, and his background, before marrying into the Disney family, was in playing professional football, so, as you can imagine, a lot of critics at the time saw his rise to power (having been hand picked by Walt for the role) as a rather obnoxious case of nepotism.
Miller wasn't the total sitting duck that he's often pegged for - he did achieve some successes in his time, such as the creation of Touchstone Pictures in order to target older audiences who typically shunned the Disney brand, but his leadership drew a lot of criticism, particularly from Disney shareholders, and box office returns were mixed and critical reception quite tepid. I'm certainly not saying that he was the worst thing ever to happen to Disney, just that Katzenberg and Eisner weren't the birth of Disney bashing - indeed, they were even seen as the company's fresh new hope at one point.
It is certainly ironic how these things go in cycles. Eisner was brought in, with the support of Roy Disney, after Miller was ousted, and chose to keep the company's animation department alive despite pressure from other members of the new management to pull the plug on it. Twenty years later, and Eisner's leadership had created a whole new backlash against the Disney brand, prompting Roy Disney to launch his "Save Disney" campaign against him. And ultimately Eisner was ousted.
I think I saw a documentary like that before, regarding Disney's decline during the 70s and 80s and what they had gone through.
Disney is judged very harshly. I am tired of seeing people criticise them so much. They are a good company, and they provide us with great animated movies, as well as giving us Studio Ghibli's dubs (and faithful ones to boot!). Plus they made Kingdom Hearts, one of the few Square-Enix games I like.
Yes, their live-action stuff is mostly not that great (it used to be good way before modern teen culture came about).
I actually hold Disney in much higher regard than Nickelodeon. At least Disney gives all of its shows a chance. Nickelodeon basically can't live without SpongeBob. (A British girl I knew at a camp I went to told me about a SpongeBob marathon that lasted for MONTHS.)
I don't agree with people saying that Disney's recent movies suck. Wreck-It Ralph was AMAZING, and Tangled was pretty good too.
No you see Disney stopped doing 2D films a decade ago xD that's why it's hard to tell which movies are Disney's and which are Pixar unless it's actually mentioned (it is actually) cause they both do 3D now. Oh wait, there was the Princess and the Frog in 2009
Disney is indeed done with 2D animation for the time being (Bob Iger announced earlier this year that there are currently no plans for any more 2D animated features). Sadly, The Princess and The Frog, though well-received, did not signal the comeback for the medium that many were hoping for.
While I do get that CG was becoming more popular as seen with films from Pixar and Dreamworks I do wonder why Disney decided to switch even though 2D is what originally made it famous...but I guess that's just evolution. Anyways this isn't really the thread for that xD
They're swimming in money. It's our job to criticize everything they do.
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I saw you look like a Japanese baby
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