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Variety has posted an interesting article on the current changes taking place at Disney Animation Studios following the appointment of new bosses Ed Catmull and John Lasseter. No radically revealing information is conveyed that wasn’t already known (or guessed), but it’s a good read nonetheless.

Execs note repeatedly that they’re trying to make the Mouse “a director-driven studio,” a mantra that has served Pixar well with a braintrust of talented helmers that includes Lasseter, Brad Bird (“The Incredibles”), Pete Docter (“Monsters, Inc.”) and Andrew Stanton (“Finding Nemo”). Catmull repeatedly states that the days of studio exec interference are over.

Reassuring though this is, it still somewhat contradicts the news that Chris Sanders recently left the studio, handing his pet project American Dog over to Chris Williams (although whether he was ousted or left of his own accord remains unclear). Clearly, despite the mantra that Disney is going to be “director-driven”, the buck ultimately stops with Lasseter. Since he’s given us an uninterrupted string of hits since 1995, this probably isn’t a bad thing, but it is slightly worrying when the director of what is surely Disney’s best film in the last decade (Lilo & Stitch) ends up leaving over “irresolvable creative differences” with Big John.

 
Posted: Sunday, February 25, 2007 at 6:10 PM
Categories: Animation | Cinema

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