Also, when John Lasseter took over as the Chief Creative Officer of Disney animated films in 2006-ish, you can see how awesome the Pixar movies were doing in the box office and how the Disney films were struggling to get up there. As you can see, Meet the Robinsons, Bolt, and Princess & the Frog weren't getting it done (compared to Monsters Inc, Finding Nemo, Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, Wall-E, Up, and Toy Story 3). It wasn't until Tangled when he had a Disney hit that made more than $500 million like the Pixar movies were (except Cars, which more than made it up in DVD and Merchandise). So he's got two "sequels" to Tangled in the works... Frozen (he brought back the director of Tarzan) and Giants (a Jack in the Beanstalk tale from the director of Tangled).
But you can see that Lasseter's still in experimental mode (even after Tangled), with Winnie the Pooh (they tried to recreate the 70s shorts; it's fun and great, but a not the right idea for a film), Wreck-It Ralph (Up but with videogames; amazing film, but it lost the mommy market with the Halo stuff), a Planes series (low budget Cars spin-off with a good profit so far), Big Hero 6 (Disney CEO Iger insisted they do an animated film with the Marvel brand, so they found a Japanese hero team that know one knew about), Zootopia (a quirky Madagascar?), Moana (giving Clements and Musker another chance, so they're taking the Tiki Room idea, combining it with the animation style of the Paper Man short, and stirring in a girl character ala Spirited Away... but Lasseter better give them some major talent to help, because Clements and Musker pulled off Aladdin and Littler Mermaid, but they also directed Great Mouse Detective, Hercules, Treasure Planet, and Princess & the Frog... so they need some help to dig out of a three-film funk), and Teenage Space Race (this didn't work so well with Final Fantasy, Titan AE (that put Don Bluth out of business), Atlantis, Treasure Planet, TMNT, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Rise of the Guardians, Epic, or unfortunately even Wreck-It Ralph, so they better have a mission to win over the mommy market more than those films did, or it's going to be another "sorry son, let's wait for DVD" kind of film).
King of the Elves and a return for Mickey Mouse are on hold for now. I'm not voting for King of the Elves (it's a short story that doesn't seem it would lend itself well to a feature film), but a Mickey film might be interesting (although their Winnie the Pooh attempt fell flat). Meanwhile Pixar's still on a role, and I expect good things from Disney's Fairy Tale series that Tangled started (the series formula includes Tangled, Frozen, and Giants... this formula is similar to what Little Mermaid started... Aladdin, Beauty & the Beast, Lion King, Pocahontas, Hunchback, Hercules, Mulan, and Tarzan).
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- The Emperor