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Media Weighs In on Disney's Purchase of Pixar

The mainstream media has exploded with news and commentary about yesterday’s announcement that The New York Times:

USA Today and USA Today both feature articles about John Lasseter, Executive Vice President Creative for Pixar and newly named Chief Creative Officer for Disney animation studios. The Times article may require registration to read. Of special note in the Times article is a comment by Richard W. Cook, chairman of Walt Disney Studios, who stated: “I’ve talked about reviving 2-D with John for some time, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if these a project emerged that we would want to do in 2-D.”

– Several articles comment on the danger of Disney stifling the freewheeling Pixar corporate culture, including one in Los Angeles Times and one in the Financial Times. A similar article at the he is not interested in the chairman of the board position at Disney also notes these issues, as well as Disney’s digital future and the future of the existing Disney animation studio employees (free registration required).

– Despite comments from Pixar CEO Steve Jobs that how long it will be before he takes over, speculation has already begun on how long it will be before he takes over. Most of this speculation rests on Jobs’ return to power at Apple Computer after Apple purchased Jobs’ NeXT.

– Tom Staggs, Walt Disney’s Chief Financial Officer, commented that the increasingly competitive market for feature-film animation, but that it would be dilutive for 2006 and 2007.

USA Today covers posted responses from several professional animators and how this may have affected both Disney and Pixar.

UPDATE: Cartoon Brew has posted responses from several professional animators over the Pixar/Disney merger. They also post a note from outgoing Disney Feature Animation President David Stainton.

Toon Zone News will continue to cover this breaking story as it develops.

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