Charles Pillsbury III

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Disney does nature

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I think the injection of Pixar into Disney is doing good things for them (and us as consumers), so I’m optimistic about this new Disneynature venture.

the Walt Disney Company has established a new production banner to deliver two nature films a year starting in 2009. The effort, to be called Disneynature, reflects efforts by Disney to spur growth at its film unit after a retrenchment in 2006.

Disney’s chief executive, Robert A. Iger, said the success of “March of the Penguins” — a 2005 documentary from Warner Independent that cost $3 million to make and sold $127.4 million in tickets worldwide — helped spark the company’s interest in the genre. He also said that “Planet Earth,” the recent mini-series from the Discovery Channel and the British Broadcasting Company, delivered blockbuster television ratings.

“We were blown away by that TV series and we wished the Disney name was on it,” Mr. Iger said in an interview.

[From Disney Looks to Nature, and Creates a Film Division to Capture It - New York Times]

As the first thing coming out under that name is being done by the producer behind Planet Earth I’m even more optimistic than I’d otherwise be. My hope is that they bring David Attenborough on-board to narrate. I loved his work on Planet Earth, and recently picked up his Life of Mammals DVD from my library and thoroughly enjoyed it as well.


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April 24th, 2008 at 4:50 pm

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