[Disney], the most distinctive studio in Hollywood, which stood for a certain type of family entertainment, may no longer have a style of its own.
This decline happened only a few years after Disney was announcing a return to the style of its glory days, so suddenly that some staff members went almost instantly from euphoria to unemployment. Frans Vischer, who worked on such Disney hits as Who Framed Roger Rabbit, was one of several animators who rejoined Disney after it merged with Pixar in 2006, believing the company’s proclamations that it was about to bring back its classic brand of hand-drawn animated family movies. “I thought, ‘Okay, now they’re going to become a real animation studio again,’ ” he says. He was one of the animators laid off a few months ago, as the company shut down most of its traditional hand-drawn animated production. ...
The thing about movie studios is, we get attached to the romantic fantasy of them that we have in our heads. But the fantasy isn't tethered to reality.
Like in the seventies, young Cal Arts grads really wanted to work at Walt Disney Productions, because that's where the cool animated features were made. Only when they got hired there, the kids quickly got disillusioned. The place wasn't what they envisioned, wasn't turning out the kind of work they hoped for. (The youngsters should have known, because Disney legend Ward Kimball was running around to art schools and taunting twenty-somethings with "Walt's dead and you missed it!")
The moral of the story is: NOTHING retains the glory of its magic moment in time for very long. Snow White and its world premiere can only happen once. Toy Story and Star Wars dazzle audiences in the years they're made, then the parade moves on. Movie companies create art, morph into powerhouses, then get swallowed up by international conglomerates and make ... commerce.
The only constant in the universe is change. "Walt's dead and you missed it." Go make your own dream, because the one in Burbank, California is now a multinational clearinghouse for franchises.