Column by Steve Bennett
Posted by Steve Bennett on May 10, 2023 @ 12:21 pm CT
Last week, I wrote how I wouldn’t be able to attend Free Comic Book Day and was hoping I’d be able to snag some FCBD comics after the fact (see “Confessions Of A Comic Book Guy -- And Here We Are Again”). Thanks to John of JC Comics & Cards in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, I was able to acquire a copy of 2000 AD Regened, which was the one that I wanted to read because it supposedly contained a story featuring two of my favorite 2000AD characters D.R. & Quinch. However, that story had appeared in the 2018 FCBD issue of 2000 AD Regened; I had somehow confused that issue with the current one. I apologize to the publisher Rebellion Developments Ltd. and to all of you for my mistake.
I’ve written so often about the Disney/Pixar films Strange World and Lightyear over the last couple of months that I knew I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that together those films have lost Disney over $300 million dollars. Disney must have known the news was coming because back in February the company announced that they had placed into production three movies that are almost assuredly going to be big money makers for them, sequels to Frozen, Toy Story, and Zootopia. Not that these will immediately help their bottom line; it takes roughly five years from story development to final dubbing and scoring to make a Disney animated film. But at least they won’t be delayed by the current strike of the WGA (Writers Guild of America); the Animation Guild belongs to a different union.
Some people online are already calling Wish a conservative movie sight unseen because there are no obvious innovative story elements. I can’t argue that it isn’t a conservative and smart business decision for Disney; when things are bad it only makes sense for a company to reemphasize its strengths. Or as Disney CEO Bob Iger put it, "We are leaning into our unrivaled brands." But, I think it’s a bit premature to definitively declare that Disney is going to walk away from all of the innovations found in movies like Turning Red and Encanto.
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