LIH Editorial: Everything Old is New Again

17 Mar

If you have been keeping up with our current 5-week series dedicated to Disney, you probably noticed that so far our coverage has been primarily dedicated to Disney’s past.  Is this because Disney is preoccupied with is it’s history?  No, this focus on our part is primarily incidental.   In fact if we we’re to discuss contemporary Disney we can show you Disney is not only dedicated to updating it’s past it’s also has a cutting edge strategy few can deny.

Video Games:

Fans of Walt’s work should be aware of all of his earliest character’s specifically Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.  As a character in Disney’s interactive video game “Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two” Disney’s pairs two of Disney’s creations in a way fans have not seen them before.   As in all media, Disney has no intention of being left behind in any entertainment field.

Star Wars:

As mentioned in quite a few prior editorials, the recent acquisition of the Star wars franchise is probably the corporation’s finest bid for future validity and relevelance.  Probably the most respected story in science fiction history, Star Wars remains one of the most anticipated franchises in Hollywood history.  We already know the franchise will be rebooted with a new director and a new set of episodes. We can only imagine how dynamic the work will be given that it was always the most innovative in regard to special effects technology.

This Weeks Articles:

Monday: Should Oz Be Disney’s Next Theme Park Ride? By Open Book

Tuesday: Discussion on Monday’s Article

Wednesday: 2nd article in our 5 week Disney series. By Littlebells

Thursday: Discussion on Wednesday’s Article

Friday: Continued discussion on Wednesday’s article.

5 Responses to “LIH Editorial: Everything Old is New Again”

  1. Comic Relief March 18, 2013 at 12:07 PM #

    I don’t think I know anyone with a better head for franchise blockbuster Hollywood than you do. Sure, because it was bought by Disney, the Star Wars saga could end up lasting another 20 years, but what are the bonuses and threats to actors?

    Obviously one of the biggest engines for Harrison Ford’s continued career was the original Star Wars film. But by your own frequent focus on the topic, Hollywood has made unimaginable demands on all of the acting participants in say the dreaded Twilight franchise.

    In regard to video; below you will see some others whose fortunes are tied to the Star Wars franchise.

    I look over say Mark Hamill (acting, producing, voice acting etc.) or Carrie Fisher’s (acting, screen writing, being a novelist) career’s and see a wide range of acting influenced activity.
    If this isn’t too enormous a question, what is an actor in the age of the franchise blockbuster?

  2. Comic Relief March 18, 2013 at 12:08 PM #


    With “Aida”, “The Lion King,” and “Beauty and the Beast,” I’m not surprised corporate America thinks it saved broadway. In fact this is what Sally Snider said in the abstract to her article “DISNEY ON BROADWAY: THE INNOVATION OF THE CORPORATE MUSICAL.”

    “In 1992, the commercial theater industry was at a crossroads. The product, the Broadway musical, had long been a staple in American entertainment but faced many challenges, including low ticket sales, fewer playwrights and composers to create the musicals, higher production costs, and increasing union demands. In the face of these challenges, the entertainment juggernaut Walt Disney Studios was considering entering the commercial theater business, posing many drastic changes to this industry. Disney was seeking to extend its recognizable brand into the musical market, altering the financing, production, union negotiations, marketing and fiscal returns that were traditionally associated with the commercial theater industry. Could Disney’s magical touch extend into this new entertainment arena?”

    It’s hard not to be blown away with the customary giant vocal performances, dynamic live acting and space age costumes yet should we look at any other aspects of these productions to better distinguish them from the norm? OB feel free to chime in.

    • Open Book March 18, 2013 at 10:19 PM #


      This is a great video to watch. I will have to come back.

  3. Comic Relief March 18, 2013 at 12:09 PM #


    Are you familiar with “Dance Star Mickey? Toy wise how do you think this toy will do in the open toy market?

  4. Comic Relief March 18, 2013 at 12:10 PM #


    Technology wise, “Master Moves Mickey” seems a little more deluxe. It made the toyfare rounds in 2012; since I don’t keep up with this stuff I don’t know how much it has caught on. In terms of complex moves and overall ambition, what do you think?

    Do you think the company’s animatronix are being marketed to the masses?

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