Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Jennifer

Box office wise, she's one of the winningest directors going:

... Kung Fu Panda 2, has grossed over $650 million globally to date, making Jennifer Yuh Nelson the highest-grossing female director of a film at the worldwide box office. ...

Added to which, she's one of the nicest people in the business. Very occasionally, the good finish first.

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yet the studio and the industry viewed 'Kung Fu Panda 2' as a box office "disappointment". How's that possible?

Studios nowadays seem to only care about the domestic box office results of the opening weekend and nothing more.

Floyd Norman said...

Kudos to Mr. Katzenberg for allowing Jennifer to finish the film she started.

Anonymous said...

What seems ignored here was that it was a very entertaining film. I think the marketing could have done a better job of explaining what was different about this one.

I really thought it was a good film, and a worthy sequel.

Anonymous said...

Oh, Mr. Norman. I see what you did there!

Is that a hint about a rival animation studio honcho who did not let a female director finish the film she started? ;-)

Anonymous said...

Yeah, in fact, we shouldn't be scared to just come out and say it:
PIXAR, you are stupid for kicking off Brenda Chapman from her own film!

At least she's getting some credence. (I better see her name roll by during the end credits next year.)

Anonymous said...

I think she'll get a writer and a director credit.

Anonymous said...

Lots of armchair quarterbacks here who don't know the why's and how's of Brenda's departure from the film.

Certainly Floyd knows better than Lasseter, right? We should all assume it was the wrong choice, right? We should all assume Brave was going along perfectly smoothly with no problems whatsoever, right? And even if there were problems, Pixar should have let the film crash and burn, because after all it's Brenda's film and she should see it to the end, even to the detriment of the studio.

RIGHT?

Anonymous said...

Eventually all threads here at TAG Blog evaporate into one of the 5 discussions:

1] Dems/Reps suck.
2] Pixar fired someone.
3] Dreamworks sucks.
4] "What's Ron and John working on?"
5] Astroboy was awesome.

Good job steering this conversation to number 2, and in just the second post, Floyd.

Anonymous said...

Eventually all threads here at TAG Blog evaporate into one of the 5 discussions:

1] Dems/Reps suck.
2] Pixar fired someone.
3] Dreamworks sucks.
4] "What's Ron and John working on?"
5] Astroboy was awesome.

Good job steering this conversation to number 2, and in just the second post, Floyd.


This is the best post in TAG Blog comments section history. So funny and so accurate.

Floyd Norman said...

Don't produce a film if the story doesn't work. Don't hire a writer who can't write. Don't hire a director who can't direct.

That much I know. All the rest is Hollywood BS.

satan said...

"Eventually all threads here at TAG Blog evaporate into one of the 5 discussions:

1] Dems/Reps suck.
2] Pixar fired someone.
3] Dreamworks sucks.
4] "What's Ron and John working on?"
5] Astroboy was awesome."


you forgot 'Bolt sucked'

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Anonymous said...

Don't hire a director who can't direct.

If only it were that simple. Sometimes directors, even ones who show amazing promise and have done awesome shorts, crash and burn when given the big chair.

Anonymous said...

Well, said Floyd!! Don't listen to those kiss-ass Pixies.

Anonymous said...

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*rolls eyes*

Anonymous said...

Floyd's right. I know for a fact that 'Brave' had only minor, fixable problems before Chapman was ousted.

Pixar just wanted to water it down and put it in a little box so it can fit into what they think a Pixar film is "supposed to be".

A risk-taking studio indeed.

Anonymous said...

Floyd's wrong. I know for a fact that the crew of 'Brave' had lost faith in her direction, and none of the major, gaping holes in the film's plot and structure had been addressed, and it was causing a huge jam in the studio's production pipeline. The massive amount of effects needed for the film was suffocating, and Brenda refused to budge.

It was the right choice

Anonymous said...

...yeah I also forgot "Tangled merchandise doesn't sell." Which used to be called "Tangled is a flop", which used to be called "Tangled will flop because it's not called 'Rapunzel'."

Anonymous said...

Thank goodness none of the comments discuss Jennifer's brilliant direction, thanks to an A+ threadjack!

Anonymous said...

Floyd is a champion thread-jacker. Dont you know? It's all about him.

Anonymous said...

No, I talked about the quality of the film up in comment three.

But I was ninja-threadjacked by Floyd.


Hey, did I mention that Floyd once worked for Walt Disney himself?

Maybe you haven't heard the story. See, it was back on Jungle Book.....

Steve Hulett said...

See how we do limited monitoring here?

I was just giving Jennifer her due. She's a terrific human being, and deserves it.

(I'm sorry when people working elsewhere get fired, but it happens all the time. Just got a call from an artist axed at some other conglomerate. It's crappy, but the world is often crappy.)

Anonymous said...

"Certainly Floyd knows better than Lasseter, right?"

Not like floyd would KNOW. After all, he has some experience at Disney, but VERY little at Pixar. He likes people to think he knows more than he does, and keeps his comments innocuously bland enough to allow people to think so.

Anonymous said...

And floyd never worked for "Walt Disney Himself." He worked at the Walt Disney studios. He had virtually no interaction with Walt.

Jonah Sidhom said...
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Jonah Sidhom said...

A big congrats to Jennifer, so good to hear some good news. I really enjoyed KFP 2, I'm looking forward to her future work!!

Anonymous said...

just an FYI... Dreamworks didnt look at KFP2 doing bad (just a bad opening). Everyone at the studio is excited about how the film has done!

Anonymous said...

it's not as if she had ANYthing to do with the success of the film. Just another Jeffery puppet like the rest.

Anonymous said...

I love the lengths the DreamWorks haters have to go to deny any success by anyone at the studio. KFP and KFP2 were fine films, made by talented people, and the worldwide audiences have embraced them.

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