Monday, May 21, 2007

Studio Walk-Around

I do more than analyze box office returns. I'm also tramping around studios in the regular way. The end of last week found me at Disney Toons...

Disney's direct-to-video division has stopped work on more "Princess" featurettes, deciding they've got enough Princess inventory on the shelves to keep elementary school age girls happy.

But Tinkerbell proceeds apace, as does the trilogy of features designed to follow it as installments of the new "Fairies" franchise. The crews on these flicks have left their old digs in the Frank Wells Building on the Disney lot, and relocated in Glendale, where brand new cubicles were ready to receive them.

14 comments:

Sullys Pal said...

So how far along are they with the other fairy films? Will Lasseter have as much influence over those as he supposedly did on Tinkerbell?

Have you seen any final footage of Tink? I wonder if the story is much better with his involvement?

Anonymous said...

Its better.

Scorpiotsm said...

eh better or BETTER?

Steve Hulett said...

Consensus is it's an improvement. For details, google "jim hill."

Jim tends to traffic in scuttlebutt.

Anonymous said...

ummm..... better.

Anonymous said...

do not google "jim hill." He's about as reliable as alberto "gonzo" gonzales, which means not at all. For a fanboy site, it's about as lame as they go.

Anonymous said...

ahh. com'on ... Jim Hill just tells it like it is.

Anonymous said...

He's a scurrilous windbag of mis-information--and if you believe anything he says, you obviously have no connection t o the film or animation business (where he's pretty much reviled).

Anonymous said...

its true, his information are inaccurate and often old.

Anonymous said...

If he reports on something and Disney changes it's mind or cancels a project doesn't mean he's wrong. Being as I work for Disney, I think I can say he's right about 60-70% of the time and most of the other time it's info that changed/canceled after he posted. No one is right all the time.

Anonymous said...

I would concur (60- 75%), Jim Hill has surprised me more than once with some very sensitive information that I would of never thought could of gotten out that quick.

Anonymous said...

"If he reports on something and Disney changes it's mind or cancels a project doesn't mean he's wrong."

Maybe he's lying. Maybe he's scattershot. Whatever he is, he's no journalist, and a TERRIBLE "writer."

Anonymous said...

The problem is that some of Jim Hill's facts are correct. But that's just his starting point. He uses those facts to create a mythology of his own imagination.

The narratives he weaves are almost uniformly uncharitable and assume tremendous rancor and nefarious shadow agendas on the part of the personalities involved. For example, he maintains that John Lasseter has a secret agenda to dump CG at WDAS.

His site thrives on negativity. He doesn't hesitate to invent it if he needs to.

Anonymous said...

"The problem is that some of Jim Hill's facts are correct."

Maybe that should read "The problem is that some of jim hill's gossip may or may not come true."

That's different than "facts," which he doesn't deal in.

or

"Some of dick cheney's buckshot hit his best friend."

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