Is Disney Corporation incredibly greedy or is it just me?
I’m seeing The Fox and the Hound 2 commercials, before that it was Cinderella 2 (and Cinderella 3 is in the works, if I’m not mistaken), The Lion King 2, Lady and the Tramp 2, The Jungle Book 2, Pocahontas 2, Mulan 2, The Little Mermaid 2, Bambi 2, Beauty and the Beast Christmas special…can they ever leave well enough alone, or is the Disney corporation so greedy for profits that they’ll eviscerate childhood memories by revorking and revamping any story, so long as they can sell enough tickets, merchandise and DVDs to appease stockholders? Is there no end to Disney corporation’s greed?
Disney Corp is a business and just like any other business needs to turn a profit in order to be attractive to stockholders. If you want to call that greed, fine, then every corporation in the world is greedy.
I am upset from a quality standpoint at the recent glut of sequels. Disney needs to keep its brand fresh and in the public eye. Most folks will buy one DVD of a favorite movie. But if a sequel is released direct-to-video, kids may beg their parents for it, and the Disney brand identity is refreshed.
I’m also a little upset due to failing park maintenance. Disneyland, due to corporate cutbacks, was crumbling before they undertook a park-wide refurbishment schedule before the 50th anniversary and the park looked incredible. They had a stellar 18 months of attendance (which appears to be continuing).
Disney World, on the other hand, appears to have a “we’ll fix it if someone notices” policy. There are many Disney boards on the web, and on each one all I hear about are complaints about how DW is falling apart. But until Disney feels a monetary impact, it is doubtful much will change. So there is an example of corporate budgetary concerns undercutting public sentiment.