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- July 8, 2001
Cats & Dogs
Nudges Out Scary Movie 2
On the animation front, Shrek (which made an estimated $6 million) easily beat out Disney's Atlantis (which made an estimated $5 million). Final numbers will be reported in Tuesday's Digital Media FX update.
Tom Hanks: "Digital
Actors May Replace Human Actors"
According to Online Ireland, "Oscar-winner Tom Hanks today said he fears Hollywood's stars will be replaced by computer-generated actors. The Saving Private Ryan star said he is concerned new technology could be used by film studious to replace humans with more compliant and cheaper electronic characters."
So far Hanks is the
only mainstream acting professional to express such concerns and acknowledge
the real possibility. Both Lucas and Spielberg
have gone on the record as claiming that the press
have overreacted to reports that digital characters can replace human
characters. The comments by them were made at the grand
opening of the Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts Opens
at USC School of Cinema last March.
Disney Loses its
Part of Disney's decision making process is associated with a project's ability to grow profits even if the venture is already profitable. According to the Los Angeles Daily News, "While the amusement and shopping parks did not lose money, it was believed they would not meet profitability goals if the chain were expanded." The philosophy? "Forget the profits these places make now. Just close them. Too inconvenient." So much for long term strategies.
Disney's continued mismanagement is costing the company millions of dollars in "experimentation" costs. If the visionary Walt Disney had followed the same philosophy, Disneyland would have been closed down in its first year. Disney has lost the art of putting the customer first (which grows businesses) and making projects long term to better brand them to audiences. As Disney gets more greedy, the company appears to be losing creativity, originality, and all the customer service formulas introduced by the founder of the company decades ago - Walt Disney.
The early 2000 years
will be remembered as the "disassembling of Disney magic." From
dismembering the powerful animation division to theme park fiasco's (the
non-magical DCA) and closing of Disney stores along with themed attractions
the illusion of money becomes more clear. After all, Disney just announced
that it is embarking upon a major product campaign to get Disney characters
onto products everywhere by the end of this year. The hope is that more
money will be brought in from added merchandising, which will assumedly
better brand the Disney name. Disney should go back about 25 years and
take its own "public relations" course on Disney magic. The
original is better than this rewritten version.
News Link of the
Day - AOL to Close All WB Stores
According to the San Francisco Chronicle:
"AOL Time Warner
Inc. said it will close all of its Warner Bros. retail stores, including
five in the Bay Area, after it failed to find a buyer for the chain that
employs 3,800 people
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