Did Disney buy Pixar mainly to get Steve Jobs?

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  1. macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003
  2. macrumors G4

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    I think Cringely has it backwards. Disney bought Pixar IN SPITE OF Steve Jobs, not BECAUSE OF Steve Jobs.

    Look, Disney hasn't been able to make a successful feature length animation flick since, what, Snow White or something way back in the late 70s or early 80s. ALL of it's recent animation pics have been Pixar productions. Disney knows if Pixar gets into another studios hands Disney, as the world leader of animation is done. They'll have Sunday night football, Lost, and Desperate Housewives.

    The fact is, buying Pixar is Iger's hail mary. It's a desperation move. If it works great for Disney. If it doesn't work, what happens? Iger gets fired and who takes his place? Steve Jobs. And even in the interim, I'm sure the last thing Iger really wanted was a super-ego maniac like Jobs to butt heads with in the board room.

    So once again, and for the millionth time, Cringely has it all wrong.
  3. macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2002
    This is very unlikely the chances of Steve taking over Disney are slim to none.
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    Analog Kid

    Mar 4, 2003
    If Disney bought Pixar for any one person, it's John Lasseter.
  5. macrumors 601


    Aug 9, 2002
    But they didn't, because think about it. You can buy an employee for a whole lot less than you can buy a company.
  6. macrumors member

    Oct 2, 2005
    Really? What do you call CHICKEN LITTLE, which has already made close to $150 million before being released on home video?

    He's not the only one. :rolleyes:
  7. macrumors 68030


    May 7, 2002
    2 Much Infinite Loops
    it all boils down to power and money.

    Disney hopes to make a lot of money.

    SJ wants the power.
  8. macrumors 6502a


    May 13, 2003
    Tucson, AZ
    But not, I think, as an end.
  9. macrumors 68000


    Jan 8, 2003
    Yeah, and The Lion King made nearly 800 million dollars worldwide. I think what the original poster meant to say was that Disney has had sporadic success with animated films lately (Chicken Little, of course, being the exception).

  10. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 31, 2005
  11. macrumors G3


    Apr 30, 2004
    would you trust disney to be that clever, and realise? :rolleyes: ;)
  12. macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location
    Disney bought Pixar so that they don't have to negotiate with Jobsy. Disney just says "Do this," and Pixar just does it now.
  13. macrumors member

    May 13, 2005
    Hehehe! Snow White was actually Disney's first feature-length animation (USA's first too) and came out a little before your estimate, 40 years earlier (1937 to be precise)! ;)

    That said there have been plenty of successful Disney animations since the early '80s. The Lion King (1994) is the third highest grossing full-length animation, the only Pixar flick to beat it was Finding Nemo, number one position going to Shrek 2. Aladdin (1992) beats Toy Story 2; and Tarzan and Beauty and the Beast both top A Bug's Life and Toy Story. In fact all of the '90s Disney animations were really successful (at least financially, and that is really all that counts in business decisions like this). Even Lilo and Stitch (2002) did very well. Now throw in Chicken Little!

    I think all their straight-to-video titles confuse a lot of people, they seem both numerous and unsuccessful, but I bet Disney is making a killing on them. The animation is often outsourced, therefore extremely cheap to produce and marketting is probably near non-existent. Their are probably thousands of parents buying these in supermarkets, especially when their kids spot their favourite characters on the covers.
  14. macrumors 6502a

    Dec 7, 2005
    Los Angeles
    Man, you're way off! Disney has a long history of success going back to the days of the first "talkie" films. In more recent years (the 90's) they've had huge box office success coupled with the only animated film to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar (Beauty and the Beast).

    Disney is still a huge company today, although they are in need of some creative changes. Pixar was seen as an easy way to make some of these changes.

    I do think Cringely is wrong as far as Steve Jobs is concerned. As Analog Kid said, John Lasseter is as big an asset to Disney as Steve Jobs.
  15. macrumors regular


    Dec 27, 2001

    they wanted that Luxo short.

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