They seem to be turning it around somewhat. I'm hoping that they move out of the making straight to DVD sequels of their classics, I refuse to even acknowledge that movies like "The Little Mermaid 2" (whose plot by the way, is literally the opposite of the original. Ariel and Eric's daughter wants to be in the ocean despite it being forbidden) exist. Their latest endeavors like the previously mentioned "Tangled," "Frozen," and my personal favorite "Wreck-It Ralph" were excellent. I haven't watched "Saving Mr. Banks" yet. I have a physical copy of it from Netflix sitting on top of my blu-ray player waiting to be watched. I heard that the movie is good however and I love Emma Thompson, so I'm expecting good things from it.
Even though it seems people are discounting Disney for purchasing other companies and moving away from what it is that made Disney Disney in the first place, I think some of their purchases have been excellent. Pixar is the prime example of this. Of all the Pixar films I have seen (there are a few I missed), they've been excellent. Disney is also involved with Studio Ghibli as their distributor. Studio Ghibli produces some of the most acclaimed Japanese anime films ever made. As for their purchase of Marvel and LucasArts, I can see why people would think Disney was moving away from animation. While the Marvel purchase isn't that bad, I personally enjoy the superhero films. As for the LucasArts one, I'm not a big fan of Star Wars but I like Indiana Jones. Seeing that Disney already has attractions in their theme parks based on Star Wars and Indiana Jones, it makes sense that they would just buy the company. Rumor has it that they're planning a Marvel-themed attraction at Disneyland. I'm not sure about that; however, there's another rumor floating around that they may upgrade Tomorrowland (at Disneyland at least, not sure about the other parks. Tomorrowland desperately needs updating) and re-theme it for Star Wars. I think that's a great idea and can see it working out well.
As for the Mickey Mouse cartoons, I haven't seen them. If they are using an old animation style, I think that'd be really neat. There's something to be said about the old Steamboat Willie cartoons. However, I've never been a huge Mickey person (I don't dislike him at all, however). My favorite has always been Donald Duck ("Donald Duck in Mathmagic Land" might just be the best math-themed cartoon ever). Running a close second is Goofy. I love his "How-To" videos.
"It's not an old movie if you haven't seen it." -Lauren Bacall
"A little song, a little dance, a little seltzer down your pants." -Ted Baxter on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"
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