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Disney Animated Films
Topic: Wreck-it Ralph Eyeing $50m opening

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leemac
Fri 11/2/2012 4:24p
THR reckon it could open to $45-50m which would be pretty big for a family movie on a non-holiday weekend:

http://www.hollywoodreporter.c...t-386039

It has a clear run until DWA's poorly reviewed Rise of the Guardians opens November 21.

It will be interesting to see if this Pixar film under the WDAS banner will get up to Tangled territory (i.e. $200m plus).
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mawnck
Fri 11/2/2012 4:47p
>>It has a clear run until DWA's poorly reviewed Rise of the Guardians opens November 21.<<

Do you think poor reviews are going to stop RotG? They sure didn't derail Hotel Transylvania. And RotG has some way-cool trailers.

(BTW, I saw RotG in a test screening several months ago. It *was* kind of a mess - visually spectacular, but ooh, dose plot holes. I would hope they've managed to iron some of the bugs out since then.)
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Manfried
Fri 11/2/2012 7:54p
Saw the movie today. Fabulous. Has something for everyone. Go see this movie!
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leemac
Sat 11/3/2012 3:41a
<<Do you think poor reviews are going to stop RotG? They sure didn't derail Hotel Transylvania. And RotG has some way-cool trailers.>>

Sadly not. It will do business over the holiday. I'm surprised at the tone of the marketing though - DWA don't seem to be bothered by the darker elements of the story.

It is just a blatant attempt to set up a franchise for DWA - with Shrek (temporarily I'm sure) retired, Monsters Versus Aliens failed and question marks over how many Madagascars and Kung Fu Pandas they can churn out - they feel they need another brand.

<<(BTW, I saw RotG in a test screening several months ago. It *was* kind of a mess - visually spectacular, but ooh, dose plot holes. I would hope they've managed to iron some of the bugs out since then.)>>

William Joyce seems to be the kiss of death for animation - after both Robots and Meet The Robinsons - and I think he has another CGI feature set up at Blue Sky. It seems everyone loves him.

The stuff I've seen over the years was equally muddled - I would have thought the idea of bringing in a Pulitzer prize-winning playright would have been to fix the story! Katz loves David Lindsay-Abaire too - even after Shrek The Musical!
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leemac
Sat 11/3/2012 3:41a
<<Saw the movie today. Fabulous. Has something for everyone. Go see this movie!>>

As I said - it is a great Pixar movie. I'd like to know when we might see another WDAS movie from Disney though. :-)
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Malin
Sat 11/3/2012 4:23a
Lee can you further explain why Wreck it Ralph is a Pixar movie under the WDAS banner?
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leemac
Sat 11/3/2012 4:46a
Oh it is just me lamenting the passing of WDAS - I think the coffin has been firmly nailed down over that corpse.

Wreck-it Ralph is a perfectly charming feature - but it is a Pixar movie in WDAS clothes. The themes, storytelling and even animation are all reminiscent of Pixar. Ultimately the vast majority of guests won't care as they will just appreciate the movie for the fun adventure that it is. However to me it is nothing more than Toy Story in another pop culture world (the short Small Fry in particular).

I just miss the old Disney - not just the Disney that could create specific visions based on fairy tales like The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast but also the one that took huge gambles on unusual stories like Lilo & Stitch.

Lasseter and Catmull have effectively Pixarized WDAS. I appreciate that is probably the right approach from a commercial POV but I just wish they would have kept WDAS's identity.
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DlandDug
Sat 11/3/2012 5:13p
Is there really a sense of "identity" for any studio in 2012? And... should there be?
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DlandDug
Sat 11/3/2012 5:18p
>>William Joyce seems to be the kiss of death for animation...<<

So odd, that, too. It seems he is just so totally visually oriented (his story sense is not... strong), and yet, aside from Rolie Polie Olie, his work has just not translated well into successful animation.
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ni_teach
Sat 11/3/2012 9:10p
I'm not shocked at the amount of money this film is making. The showing before the one I saw was sold out and my showing was packed.

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