Archive for the ‘Disney Corporate’ Category

Up in Smoke

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

On Wednesday, Disney Chief Executive Robert “Bob Iger” Iger announced that the company would no longer release Disney-branded films in which smoking was depicted, and that any future DVD rereleases would be edited to eliminate smoking references and images.

This surprise announcement impacts a number of upcoming projects. For example, the animated remake of classic action film “Smokey and the Bandit” and Pixar’s “Nicotina” have both been canceled. Work is underway on a rerelease of “One Hundred and One Dalmatians” in which Cruella De Vil’s signature cigarette holder has been replaced by a ballpark-style hot dog. Disney corporate history is also being rewritten to depict Walt Disney as having died from a stroke instead of cigarette-related cancer.

Although smoking is banned in Disney-branded films, young fans will be pleased to learn that dogs peeing on people and tasteless jokes about bodily functions are still fair game.

Harry Potter Book Spoiler

Monday, July 23rd, 2007

The Walt Disney Company, bitter that it was not able to sign a contract for the building of Harry Potter-themed attractions, had this to say upon the release of the final book in the Potter series: "Harry dies."

A Wild Investment

Tuesday, March 13th, 2007

The Disney Wildlife Conservation Fund has announced the purchase (along with two partners) of some 3,000 acres of land in Brazil. This land is the habitat of the endangered Lear’s macaw, so named for its large eyes and habit of staring at female macaws with its tongue hanging out of its mouth. The land was purchased both for the preservation of the macaw’s habitat and for the construction of Club Macaw, and extensive dining, dancing, and theme park experience planned to encircle the 1,000 acres that will be left undeveloped.