- Roy E. Disney's website Savedisney.com has been updated and now features a much more professional interface and design than its original incarnation. I was very critical of the first version, even though I'd recommended it here - mainly due to a couple of poor choices in content around the holidays. But hey, on the internet anyone can read anyone's opinions so maybe somebody saw them. Take a look.
- As most folks know by now, The Disney Corporation has closed the Walt Disney Feature Animation Studios in Orlando, Florida. Jim Hill at Jim Hill Media has been covering the days leading up to, and the aftermath of, these layoffs with several sobering letters from the former animators and a report of the actual announcement to the employess of their firing from the Studio Head, David Stainton.
- Kevin Yee at MiceAge.com examines Michael Eisner's rather rosy comments about the Walt Disney Company's future at the Smith Barney Entertainment, Media and Telecommunications Conference on January 4, 2004. While it's undeniable from a Wall Street perspective that Disney's fortunes are on a bit of a upswing (mostly due to the success of The Pirates of the Caribbean and Finding Nemo, with the swell of direct-to-video animated sequels, it's creatively underwhelming California Adventure theme park, and inattention to safety and upkeep of the other theme parks, what Eisner's saying may play well to the suits but it's not playing - as they say - in Peoria.
There's a quote on the Savedisney.com website that I like, that kind of sums it up:
"I am sorry to hear of the events at Disney. But as my daughter and I agree, Disney is not the Board. Disney is a verb. It means 'to create'."Thanks, couldn't have said it better myself.