My regular readers may be wondering why I’ve done so little commentating on the battle with Eisner lately. Fortunately, the stockholder’s meeting has made the national news in such a big way I’ve been blessed with some time off the subject. Pick an article, any article, and you’ll hear about how 43% of the stockholder’s did not vote for Eisner’s re-election. Roy Disney got a standing ovation, and the fight isn’t over. I’m holding to my prediction that he will be out within a year of Roy’s resignation, and there’s still plenty of time.
I’m equally relieved to see the outsourcing situation making the national news, and pleased to no end to see it brought up as a major issue during this election year. Update on that: America is still losing out, corporate America is still in denial.
Scott and I support Roy Disney and his cause, and if you support him too, you can let him know by going to SaveDisney.com. Letters and cartoons related to the Roy Disney movement can be submitted to the site and have a good chance of being posted. Eisner is on a mission to remove everyone that criticizes him from power, and we are on a mission to remove Eisner. Why do I loathe Mr. Eisner? My reasons follow:
- For having the vision to allow Michael Graves to create the Swan and the Dolphin, only to hand over their upkeep to chains outside of Disney. They are the most poorly kept up hotels in the parks.
- For supporting his ignoramus of a son’s porn cartoon website, Romp.com (now defunct).
- For the pathetic deterioration of Disneyland that has caused the close of several attractions and numerous serious accidents.
- For Disney’s California Adventure, called “cheap” by Roy himself, though all of us knew it already.
- For producing the Insane Clown Posse. Because they’re controversial? No, because they’re terrible.
- For unleashing Britney Spears and N’Sync on an innocent world. What did we do to deserve that?
- For refusing to exercise even some minor controls over the melee that is Gay Day.
- For his unholy alliance with the Weinsteins, who have every right to make films (many of which are very good), but should not be doing so in partnership with a company that calls themselves “family.”
- For wasting time and money on ABC.
- And the best reason of all, for the repeated desecration of some of the best films ever made with sequels that are not only written with only money in mind, but made so much on the cheap that even the kids are disgusted.
And let me add, that I loved the Country Bears, and removing the ride, then following it up with a farce of a movie, was really the icing on the cake, even for Eisner.
Some big events have come up in the news this week. While driving to work in the early AM, I heard that Roy Disney, jr resigned as a board member of the Disney company. I admit that when I first heard that there was big Disney news I was hoping that Michael Eisner had been ousted at last. Roy’s letter condemning Eisner was beautiful, as was Stanley Gold’s, and I’m predicting that Eisner is done. I believe he’ll be done before a year is out; there is nothing more effective than lots and lots of negative publicity.
The bad news this week is the closing of the 2D department at Knowledge Adventure. KA has faithfully been producing educational programs for children for many years using techniques that combine Flash and traditional animation. A number of close friends and aquaintances lost their jobs, so this is a personal issue for me, but it’s also yet another example of the swift disappearance of 2D animation. I’ve been mourning the rapid deterioration of an art form for four years, and the layoffs at KA are part of that trend. With every replacement of 2D by 3D, my heart breaks all over again.