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September 4, 2015


Disney acquires Marvel

by Brad Trechak, posted Aug 31st 2009 11:25AM

Spider-ManWhile 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.

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Disney cartoon classics return on DVD

by John Scott Lewinski, posted May 23rd 2009 7:15PM
Walt Disney Animated CollectionThe same classic Disney cartoons that made up a television classic, The Wonderful World of Disney, are heading to DVD in six separate editions.

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.

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China bans The Simpsons (and others) from primetime

by Anna Johns, posted Aug 14th 2006 9:03AM
the simpsonsIn an effort to promote Chinese animators, the government has barred foreign animation from television between five and eight p.m. Shows that currently hold those time slots include The Simpsons, Mickey Mouse, and Pokemon. Animation is very hot in China right now, especially Japanese animation. According to this article, China has been trying to beef up its animation studios but so far they've produced bland storylines that hasn't matched the mass market appeal of characters like Bart Simpson and Mickey Mouse.

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.

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Disney picks up two new pilots

by Annie Wu, posted Apr 29th 2006 2:26PM
Suite LifeThe Disney Channel has picked up two new pilots, The Amazing Hannigans and Housebroken. Hannigans will be about wizarding family-run magic shop (jumping on the Harry Potter bandwagon a little late there). Housebroken will be a spin-off of the hit show The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, also known as one of the most irritating shows in Disney history (placing somewhere near Lizzie McGuire). It will be about the Tipton Hotel's handyman, Arwin, and his adventures in helping his sister take care of her kids. So, I guess that means it'll be like The Suite Life if Arwin was the uncle of Zack and Cody... and didn't want to date their mom.

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