Wednesday, September 16, 2015

American on Foreign Project

DreamWorks/Disney/Pixar veteran takes on Russian project:

... Former Walt Disney story writer Robert Lence has joined the scriptwriters' team of the third installment in the international franchise The Snow Queen.

In collaboration with director Aleksey Tsitsilin, Lence is set to contribute to the script of The Snow Queen 3, said Wizart Animation, the franchise's production company. ...

The Snow Queen is one of Russia's most successful international animation franchises. Its first two installments have been sold to 130 countries, grossing $30 million worldwide. ...

No problem with the Russian company tapping into the work of Hans Christian Andersen. The Danish author is long dead and his works are public domain.

So Disney can't sue Wizart for encroaching on their "property." Everybody uses the same source material. But why would Disney care anyway. If the Russian flicks are grossing $30 million (all in), Diz Co. can't be concerned about random drops of rain splashing on its billion-dollar parade.


Jeremy Darensbourg said...

Your right Steve. But if this was Illumination doing this, now that would get Disney's attention. 2017, the showdown with Pixar, never will see anything like this, both studios will need to build new bank vaults! Toy Story 4 vs. Despicable Me 3 in June/Coco vs. How the Grinch Stole Christmas in November.

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