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   So, apparently Robert Iger is taking the joke about Disney owning your childhood seriously

06 Nov 2012 08:57 AM   |   10972 clicks   |   MTV
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wildcardjack     
Considering one of my earliest memories involves my dad and uncle taking me to see Return of the Jedi on opening weekend, and the only toy I remember from this distance was Optimus Prime, the author has a point.

I have managed not to see any of the Transformers movies. I have better things to waste my time on, like alcohol fueled blackouts.

06 Nov 2012 09:03 AM
jgbrowning     
DIS HAS to change.

06 Nov 2012 09:08 AM
sniderman     
If Disney buys Hasbro, they will by extension own Kenner, Milton Bradley, Parker Bros., Playskool, Tiger Electronics, and Tonka. So yes, they will own your childhood.

And Hasbro also owns Wizards of the Coast, Avalon Hill, and TSR, so they'd own my junior high / high school years as well.

06 Nov 2012 09:11 AM
wippit     
No! Bad Disney!

Disney will own Hasbro. Hasbro owns Wizards of the Coast. Wizards of the Coast owns Dungeons and Dragons. Can you imagine Disney's Dungeons and Dragons?

It's Disney's fault that Blackleaf died!

06 Nov 2012 09:11 AM
justneal     
look i am very pro disney, but they need to focus on other things
fix things wrong the parks before worring about the rights to mr potato head

06 Nov 2012 09:11 AM
alechemist     
don't tell the bronies.

06 Nov 2012 09:24 AM
thatboyoverthere     

alechemist: don't tell the bronies.


Please this just means there is a chance of them being in the next Kingdom Hearts game.
/And then we make Japanese bronies.

06 Nov 2012 09:30 AM
Carousel Beast     

justneal: look i am very pro disney, but they need to focus on other things
fix things wrong the parks before worring about the rights to mr potato head


WTF am I reading?

The parks follow on from the rest of Disney, not the other way around. And the parks are undergoing massive changes in both infrastructure and procedure already.

/DVC member

06 Nov 2012 09:34 AM
Techhell     
I think I'd prefer if Disney developed its own properties rather than buying all the currently created ones. I dunno - I love Disney, but the idea of so much being owned by Disney makes me wary. Who is going to push Disney to do better if there aren't any competitors out there that can really stand up to them?

On the flip side, maybe this will mean that someone will be able to hit a goldmine with a new non-Disney property that is popular because it's great AND it's not Disney? Get the Two-For-One deal on popularity: "I'm cool and I'm NOT the popular kid!"

/... then Disney brings out its little replica of "Not Disney-Propertyland!" as part of its Magic Kingdom amusement park and buys the not-Disney property anyway...

06 Nov 2012 09:36 AM
Hand Banana     
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06 Nov 2012 09:38 AM
Strolpol     

thatboyoverthere: alechemist: don't tell the bronies.

Please this just means there is a chance of them being in the next Kingdom Hearts game.
/And then we make Japanese bronies.


They already exist, man.

I never realized the same company controls both MLP and MTG, though.

/and then both Celestia and Avacyn became Disney princesses

06 Nov 2012 09:52 AM
Skyfrog     
Disney really doesn't need to own everything. Just watch, at this rate they'll end up buying Nickelodeon.

As for MLP, what would suck about that most of all would be the end of fan videos, art, parodies, etc. Hasbro has always been fine with it, even episodes on Youtube. Disney on the other hand loves to sue the shiat out of everyone for using their property in any way.

06 Nov 2012 10:01 AM
darkvstar     
imagine if you will a future in which Disney owns everything you see on big screen and small. no, no, it makes me shudder to think.

06 Nov 2012 10:04 AM
Tom_Slick     

Skyfrog: Just watch, at this rate they'll end up buying Nickelodeon.


Fortunately Viacom is a publicly traded company and the SEC would probably not allow it.

06 Nov 2012 10:07 AM
wildcardjack     

Tom_Slick: Skyfrog: Just watch, at this rate they'll end up buying Nickelodeon.

Fortunately Viacom is a publicly traded company and the SEC would probably not allow it.


Hmm... But the production companies that made the things you watched on Nick aren't Viacom. They might be wholly owned subsidiaries, but they could be sold piece meal to Disney as Viacom needed money for more seasons of Jersey Shore.

06 Nov 2012 10:16 AM
Mager     

darkvstar: imagine if you will a future in which Disney owns everything you see on big screen and small. no, no, it makes me shudder to think.


In Cloud Atlas (the novel) all movies are called "disneys."

Is the author a wizard?

06 Nov 2012 10:19 AM
Twilight Farkle    [TotalFark]  
Dear Princess Celestia,

Today I learned about a funny-looking rat that might want to be my friend. He seems a little too friendly. He was also kinda fat, bloated up like somepony they call Jabba the Hutt. I said if he kept eating like that, he'd suffer from a serious case of indigestion, and that he should wait at least twelve months before another big meal. I also said that with Hasbro's market cap at 4.7 billion bits, and Disney's cash on hand is barely enough to pay for the cash component of their 4B acquisition of LucasArts. Sure, a takeover of 5B HAS could be done, but it'd have to be at a premium that's at least 20% cooler than today's market cap, so now we're talking 6B, which would eat up at least another year and a half of DIS's earnings, while they're still busy figuring out how to monetize the Lucas assets.

And why are we hearing about this from MTV.com and the Foal Free Prisz instead of, well, the business press, which has about the same credibility, but at least can outline a business case for it? I think the real source of the rumor was this analyst's note from last week, in which Needham Research analyst Sean McGowan reminded us that Hasbro's the licensee for the Star Wars toys through to 2020, and suggests they could benefit from selling toys associated with episodes 7, 8, and 9 of a rebooted Star Wars franchise. I haven't read the report (Spike, you can stop burping now, maybe somepony here has read it and can summarize), but I really don't think there are any synergies afforded to Disney in buying Hasbro right now.

Either way, I don't think the rat really wants to be my friend either way. But if he tries, it's going to cost him.

Your faithful student,
Twilight Farkle.

06 Nov 2012 11:07 AM
Skyred     
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All your childhood are belong to us

06 Nov 2012 11:14 AM
RoyFokker'sGhost     

Skyfrog: Disney really doesn't need to own everything. Just watch, at this rate they'll end up buying Nickelodeon.


They're not looking to buy everything. I think they're just taking a page out of the Carnegie business playbook and creating a self-sufficient entity with no need for a middleman.

-Film and animation studio to create and distribute films
-Television studio and networks to deliver content
-Marriage to Apple for on-line distribution
-Several popular intellectual properties (Disney, Marvel, Star Wars, Transformers, GI Joe, MLP, D&D)
-Toy manufacturing company for merchandising

Now, if this is true and Disney gets Hasbro, there's just one more step they need to take before they're fully self-sufficient, IMO: a software company. Before the Hasbro rumor came up, I was saying to my friend that Disney making a bid for EA would make a lot of sense. I could see Disney making a serious bid to buy out EA and gain more IP's and the capability of making video games.

-EA already has licenses for all major professional sports leagues, Disney happens to own ESPN
-Buying EA would give Disney the BioWare IP's; not just Old Republic but Mass effect and Dragon Age
-EA also owns the Origin Software catalogue, so Ultima and Wing Commander would come with a purchase

Dream scenario: Disney buys EA, cleans house there, dismisses Probst and Riccitiello, hires back The Doctors (Muzyka and Zeschuk) to run things and get everything that's not a one-time purchase sports game back on track. It would be costly, but int the long run it would be worth it for Disney if they have some kind of direct control and accountability for all aspects: production, distribution, and merchandising.

/subby

06 Nov 2012 11:17 AM
lousyskater     

thatboyoverthere: alechemist: don't tell the bronies.

Please this just means there is a chance of them being in the next Kingdom Hearts game.
/And then we make Japanese bronies.


They basically already exist over there. The only difference would be that they'd now be furries.

06 Nov 2012 11:19 AM
TheOriginalEd     

thatboyoverthere: alechemist: don't tell the bronies.

Please this just means there is a chance of them being in the next Kingdom Hearts game.
/And then we make Japanese bronies.


KH + MLP would create a tornado of awkward so powerful I dont think the world would survive.

06 Nov 2012 11:36 AM
ArkPanda     

TheOriginalEd: thatboyoverthere: alechemist: don't tell the bronies.

Please this just means there is a chance of them being in the next Kingdom Hearts game.
/And then we make Japanese bronies.

KH + MLP would create a tornado of awkward so powerful I dont think the world would survive.


When I heard about the first Kingdom Hearts I thought a FF + Disney RPG was the most retarded idea in the history of ever. I was wrong. Don't ever say something's to crazy for the Japanese to pull off.

06 Nov 2012 11:49 AM
Strolpol     

TheOriginalEd: thatboyoverthere: alechemist: don't tell the bronies.

Please this just means there is a chance of them being in the next Kingdom Hearts game.
/And then we make Japanese bronies.

KH + MLP would create a tornado of awkward so powerful I dont think the world would survive.


They'd just add an Equestria level and ponify whatever girly boy protagonist they use for KH nowadays.

/now a Final Fantasy crossover, that'd be terrifying

06 Nov 2012 12:16 PM
texdent    [TotalFark]  
I want a new Kingdom Hearts game for the PS3

06 Nov 2012 12:23 PM
Skyfrog     
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06 Nov 2012 12:23 PM
Gabrielmot     
Is this real?
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06 Nov 2012 12:33 PM
ObscureNameHere     
As long as they don't buy Bethesda....

Mickey burps "FUS RO DAH!", blasting Scrooge McDuck off a pile of gold septims.

Goofy: "Gawrsh Mickey, ah think yer da DragonBorn!"

Mickey: "The what?" *pulls ear curiously*

Goofy: "The Dovahkin! You get to fight dragons!"

Mickey: "I do? Oh boy!"

06 Nov 2012 12:36 PM
Petey4335     
So Mickey Mouse: CC: BBB
Creature - Mouse
Tap, Sac: Destroy target childhood
1/1

06 Nov 2012 12:45 PM
ZeroCorpse     
TFA made one thing clear to me: Dark Horse Comics is screwed.

They made a lot of their money on Star Wars. Now, Star Wars is owned by Disney, and Marvel is owned by Disney. It doesn't take a genius to figure out what company will be making Star Wars comics from now on.

06 Nov 2012 12:52 PM
SithLord     

ZeroCorpse: TFA made one thing clear to me: Dark Horse Comics is screwed.


And to this, I'm saddened. Anyone from the 80s remembers Jaxxon from the Marvel Star Wars series? I do. The only good thing to come from the Marvel Star Wars run was Lumiya.

06 Nov 2012 01:30 PM
dervish16108     
Dark Horse made Tales of the Jedi, which was the pioneer of the 4000+ years ago Star Wars Universe. So without Tales, you wouldn't have KOTOR (or SW:TOR for that matter).

Plus I loved their other works. This is sad. :(

06 Nov 2012 01:49 PM
Phony_Soldier     
Well if they invest in alcohol and cigarettes then, yes, they will own my childhood.

06 Nov 2012 02:20 PM
HoratioGates     
On the bright side, maybe we'll finally get game stats on Mickey Mouse. (He was a wizard apprentice in Fantasia, after all.) Of course, it will probably be 5th edition rules. :(

06 Nov 2012 03:19 PM
XMark     
I guess Princess Celestia will now be a Disney Princess along with Princess Leia?

06 Nov 2012 03:19 PM
OnlyM3     
What, you're worried Disney will turn starwars into something silly and cartoonish?
That would be a real shame.

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06 Nov 2012 04:29 PM
dervish16108     

OnlyM3: What, you're worried Disney will turn starwars into something silly and cartoonish?
That would be a real shame.


A lot of fans used to say Star Wars will get better when George Lucas passes away, and I think that implied that it would be more adult oriented than child market pandering. Fat chance of that happening now!

06 Nov 2012 04:37 PM
farkeruk     

dervish16108: A lot of fans used to say Star Wars will get better when George Lucas passes away, and I think that implied that it would be more adult oriented than child market pandering. Fat chance of that happening now!


It wasn't about it being more "adult oriented". The original Star Wars movie wasn't. It was a general family entertainment. I don't expect Star Wars to be like a PT Anderson or Darren Aronovsky film.

But family entertainment can be great. E.T, The Incredibles, Dumbo, Lord of the Rings, the first Pirates of the Carribean, Raiders of the Lost Ark. These are awesome movies.

And honestly, based on what's recently come out of Disney, I trust them to do something good with it as much as anyone else.

06 Nov 2012 05:19 PM
T.rex     
I'm pretty sure Disney already owns the Dungeons and Dragon's cartoon back when they purchased Saban/Fox Family (Power Rangers) about 10 years ago.

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06 Nov 2012 05:25 PM
yukichigai     

farkeruk: dervish16108: A lot of fans used to say Star Wars will get better when George Lucas passes away, and I think that implied that it would be more adult oriented than child market pandering. Fat chance of that happening now!

It wasn't about it being more "adult oriented". The original Star Wars movie wasn't. It was a general family entertainment. I don't expect Star Wars to be like a PT Anderson or Darren Aronovsky film.

But family entertainment can be great. E.T, The Incredibles, Dumbo, Lord of the Rings, the first Pirates of the Carribean, Raiders of the Lost Ark. These are awesome movies.

And honestly, based on what's recently come out of Disney, I trust them to do something good with it as much as anyone else.


Yeah. It's not that Star Wars fans object to their being elements that appeal to children, it's that they object to those elements being incompatible with adult enjoyment of the film.

Look, you give me good plot, proper story pacing, and pleasantly memorable characters, I could care less if the swarthy pirates suspiciously do not swear or engage in rape. That is well within my suspension of disbelief threshold. You start shiatting it up with a CG character whose entire purpose is to be a goofy-sounding clown, then try to juxtapose him with VERY SERIOUS JEDI and the two sides of my brain are going to try and kill each other.

06 Nov 2012 06:21 PM
AdrienVeidt     

Gabrielmot: Is this real?


Has been for like 3 years now.

06 Nov 2012 06:22 PM
Spam Pajamas     
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06 Nov 2012 06:25 PM
yukichigai     

Petey4335: So Mickey Mouse: CC: BBB
Creature - Mouse
Tap, Sac: Destroy target childhood
1/1


I'll post this here again from the other redlit thread:

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You thought this was bad? Wait until they change the terminology from "killed" to "taking a very very long nap".

06 Nov 2012 06:27 PM
Lochsteppe     

Techhell: I think I'd prefer if Disney developed its own properties rather than buying all the currently created ones. I dunno - I love Disney, but the idea of so much being owned by Disney makes me wary. Who is going to push Disney to do better if there aren't any competitors out there that can really stand up to them?

On the flip side, maybe this will mean that someone will be able to hit a goldmine with a new non-Disney property that is popular because it's great AND it's not Disney? Get the Two-For-One deal on popularity: "I'm cool and I'm NOT the popular kid!"

/... then Disney brings out its little replica of "Not Disney-Propertyland!" as part of its Magic Kingdom amusement park and buys the not-Disney property anyway...


I wonder how long until they partner up with Blizzard to build World of Warcraft World?

/Sadly, I think I would go.

06 Nov 2012 06:58 PM
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