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Disney Back in the News
According to The Washington Post, Shrek "includes a lot of elements that seem suspiciously like barbs pointed at rival Walt Disney Co. and its chief, Michael Eisner -- the mentor-turned-nemesis of DreamWorks principal Jeffrey Katzenberg. The movie opens with soldiers of the evil Lord Farquaad (voiced by John Lithgow) selling off beloved fairy-tale heroes (best known to the world as Disney characters): Pinocchio, Tinker Bell and Snow White and her seven dwarfs."
The movie also appears to poke fun at other Disney businesses, like Disneyland.
The rift between Katzenberg and Eisner runs deep after Katzenberg was overlooked for a promotion in the mid 1990s. Soon after, Katzenberg left Disney to help form a rival studio with Steven Spielberg and David Geffen. DreamWorks has put out some of the top Academy Award winning films in recent years including Gladiator.
Even if Katzenberg purposely targeted Disney throughout Shrek, the move will only serve to increase publicity about the film and ultimately bring in a larger audience. Katzenberg is confident about Shrek's success.
Daily Radar recently asked Katzenberg, in an interview, if he feared Shrek might perform poorly like The Iron Giant and Titan A.E. His response was, "Each of those movies had things that were great or were done really, really well, and there were things that weren't done well about them. I'm a fan of those movies, so I never really want to talk about anything other than being really supportive of them, but whatever the issues were surrounding why these movies didn't live up to their potentials, I don't think it applies to Shrek."
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and COO, Sega of America.
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"DreamWorks has a fantasy movie coming out in May, the only question is -- whose fantasy is it?
Shrek, a big-budget, computer-animated tale, is based on the children's book by William Steig about a fire-breathing ogre on a quest to free a princess.
But the parallels
with the book end there. Shrek the movie includes a lot of elements
that seem suspiciously like barbs pointed at rival Walt Disney Co. and
its chief, Michael Eisner..."
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