Breaking Down Disney’s “Dark Age”: Part 1

It is often stated that Walt Disney Animation Studios went through a prolonged "Dark Age" after the death of Walt Disney and the posthumous release of The Jungle Book. A dark age that would end with The Little Mermaid in 1989, often called the start of Disney's Renaissance... What is true is that the studio … Continue reading Breaking Down Disney’s “Dark Age”: Part 1

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Flop Talk: The Inconsistent Reporting on Box Office Failures

Box office flops... One thing they are good at: Making the press race to do autopsies. "What went wrong?" they bellow, "here are the reasons!" they declare. Let's look at two box office flops: The Good Dinosaur and The Legend of Tarzan. Let's look at a film that performed similarly to them, but broke even … Continue reading Flop Talk: The Inconsistent Reporting on Box Office Failures

Mainstream American Animation Today and Tomorrow…

2016 is arguably a watershed year right now for the mainstream feature-length animated film... Zootopia, Walt Disney Animation Studios' wonderful new animated original, not only exceeded expectations, but also became one of the highest-grossing animated films and one of the few original, not-based-on-any-source-material films to cross $1 billion at the worldwide box office. It is … Continue reading Mainstream American Animation Today and Tomorrow…