Re: Today's Times-Front Page News-Dreamworks

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Posted by Kevin on April 29, 2000 at 01:54:41:

In Reply to: Today's Times-Front Page News-Dreamworks posted by bronnie on April 28, 2000 at 21:10:38:

: Quite an article.. and quite a "summary judgement" on non-Diney feature animation!The writer(s) seem to have the facts and figures to back it up.. and it isn't good news.Maybe there are some contrasting opinions from Dreamworkers out there.... ??or anybody?

First off, it's easy to make every animated film look financially pathetic if you constantly compare them to the income generated by The Lion King. And it might have been fairer to note that POE and Antz actually did about as well as several recent Disney films (somehow comparing their grosses to Hunchback or Hercules or even Mulan wouldn't have quite served the writer's adgenda).
The writers also seemed skeptical that POE and Antz actually made profits, while I know for a fact they both turned healthy profits after video sales. And then there's the ready judgment that El Dorado is a flop. The Times projects it to make $55 million. They also projected both POE and Antz to make that same amount, and I recall after the opening weekends for those films they were declared "Major Money Losers." I'm sure El Dorado won't do as well as those two films in the end, but to already state as a fact that it's a financial disaster, before it's even opened in any other country or been released to video, is premature.
And of course we all know that after Snow White, most of the next batch of films Disney made lost lots of money, at least until they'd been re-released several times.
Nine months from now, after El Dorado has been seen by the rest of the world and is selling on video, and after the likely success of Chicken Run, DreamWorks Animation will hardly be looking like a basket case. That's not to say there are no problems or that the direction of the company is perfect, but it's hardly the disaster that this article made it out to be.

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