While this news doesn't only affect television, it does affect the industry enough to warrant a mention since both companies have historically had a television presence. Disney has purchased Marvel Entertainment for about $4 billion.
So does this mean we'll be seeing Spider-Mickey cartoons in the near future? Beats me. There are certainly benefits to Disney's acquisition. Marvel is predominately known as a comic book company and that market has been shrinking. However, the visibility of its characters has been growing due to the myriad of Marvel movies out there.
I'm sure words like 'synergy' and 'downsizing' are going to be used when describing this situation in the future. Will there be layoffs at Marvel? Should editor-in-chief Joe Quesada fear for his job?
My biggest concern is content interference on the part of Disney and the "toning down" of the more adult storylines and characters at Marvel in an effort to maintain the corporate image of its new parent. One can only hope that Disney lets Marvel be Marvel.
Even before the days of cable, Wonderful World ran on all three major networks at one time or another, racking up records as one of the longest running shows in TV history. While also featuring live action material, most episodes included short form animations that were once tacked onto Disney animated features in previous decades.
If not for that weekly television exposure, these older cartoons could have disappeared into vaults. Apart from Pixar, studios don't offer you animated short subjects before the opening credits roll.
Now, Disney made the smart move in using a comprehensive DVD line to keep these classic nursery rhymes and fables fresh in kids' minds.
Farfour, the Mickey Mouse-looking host of a children's program that encouraged Palestinian children to rise up against Israel, is now dead. On the final episode of Tomorrow's Pioneers, Farfour was "killed" by an actor portraying an Israeli official after refusing to sell his land.
Other changes on Chinese-run television include requirements that hosts dress more conservatively and use English sparingly, limited foreign programming, and no scary movies during primetime.
"I didn't really look at it as mean-spirited...I know that some of these things that I talk about in that cartoon aren't true. I don't really know that anything in there is true."
And why the dig at Mickey Mouse?
"I never found Mickey Mouse funny...I have to admit that."
I can't wait for The Best of Saturday TV Funhouse, on NBC, April 29, at 11:30.
[via TV Tattle]
- Adam has quite possibly the only story where you'll see the words "popping pills," "Mickey Mouse," and "gonorrhea" in the same sentence.
- Maxim goes mobile.
- Google wants the patent on internet hotspot advertising.
- Nielsen plans to measure the number of people watching TV via computer.
- Even The New York Times uses Craigslist.
I nominate Mickey Mouse for the first interview candidate. Let's start things out nice and awkward.