Joaquin Torres (lordvader@cfl.rr.com)
Wed, 29 Mar 2000 14:04:06 -0500


Kimba the White Lion! Kimba the White Lion!

David \"Jojo\" Wong wrote:

> On Wed, 29 Mar 2000 10:05:54 -0500, gundam@aeug.org wrote:
>
> >
> >
> >
> > > >Star Blazers is supposed to come out on DVD soon and there are rumors
> of
> > > a
> > > >live action movie and a new upcoming animation series. Disney is
> > > supposed
> > > >to have the US rights now.......
> > > >
> > >
> > >
> > > Is that a good thing? I'm not sure I like the idea of Disney of having
> the
> > > rights to anything anime. Although I haven't seen Princess Mononoke
> (sp?)
> > > yet, so I don't know how they did with that.
> > >
> > Several of my friends who work up here in the Disney animation studio up
> in
> > Toronto, Canada loved Mononoke (sp?) technically very, very good
> animation
> > with a good story to boot. My wife didn't like it though.....
>
> Didn't the Disney studio up here in Toronto close shop?
> >
> > I far as I've heard Disney does have the rights to several anime and
> > everything is on HOLD. Maybe they don't want the general public to see
> > quality Anime other than the typical mass market Dragonball Z and
> > pokey-monster.
> >
>
> Several? Maybe obscure ones (or old ones. Where's my Rose of Versailles and
> Ribon no Kishi??). Most of the well-known anime series have already been
> been bought by other companies (or are released already), and I don't see a
> Bandai-Disney partnership in the near future.
>
> The "quality" anime thing is a bit off. Even if they have rights to some
> "good" series, the big problem is how to market them. Really, when you think
> about it, Mononoke was a failure. No, don't tell me it didn't get any
> promotion, because it got about the same kind of hype as Being John
> Malkovich and Boys Don't Cry, maybe even more so. But it simply couldn't get
> a big enough audience. SO they're waiting until the fanbase gets bigger.
>
> But I seriously doubt Disney has anything more than Ghibli's films.
>
> So where's the Gundam in all this? Could we see some mouse-eared Gundams
> waging a war and saying "I want some cheese, please!" in the future? Could
> be a hit.
>
> Jojo
>
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