Tuesday, January 28, 2014

*Disney Week* This or That: Disney vs. Pixar

Who will fold?

It's a hotly debated issue within the Disney community. What's better, Disney animation or Pixar? But Tommy! Disney OWNS Pixar. Isn't it the same thing? No shit. And no, it's not the same thing. Disney may own Pixar, but the two studios each have their own unique brand. It's a sibling rivalry of sorts, and it's the newest topic in Tommy Time's This or That series.


Pixar has long been a critical darling and box office juggernaut. Its string of hits, ranging from Toy Story to The Incredibles to Up, has yet to be duplicated, bringing in both praise and millions for the studio. Recently, however, there has been a shift. Pixar's last three releases were its first to score below a 90% on Rotten Tomatoes, with 2012's Cars 2 getting a whomping 39. Still, the film's prove to be financially successful.

Conversely, Walt Disney Animation Studios has been reborn following a string of commercial and critical flops in the early 2000s. Since 2010's Tangled, the studio has seeing the kinds of reviews and box office returns that characterized its famed renaissance period of the 1990s. More recently, Frozen has pretty much kicked everybody's ass and is a strong candidate for this year's Oscar for Best Animated Feature, a category usually dominated by Pixar.

One reason for the switch? Critics blame Pixar's new reliance on sequels rather than original stories. Three of its last four releases have been sequels, whereas the WDAS vowed to stop producing sequels several years ago.

It's hard to say who's winning, but for now, it looks like Disney is in the lead!

The Good

It's hard to compete with the 80 years of rich, classic stories WDAS has given us. From Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to Frozen, the studio has given us some of the most beloved films of all time, liiiiiiike Bambi, Cinderella, Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, and Pocahontas to name a few. These films have built franchises and theme parks. In short, they've given the world LOVE.

Pixar certainly hasn't failed in that regard. Toy Story and Up alone are enough to complete with the best Disney classics. But nothing quite compares to that traditional 2D! Disney wins this round! (I said it would be hard!)

The Bad

Disney has certainly had its hiccups along the way. Most of the films the studio released in the 1940s, 70s, and 80s are often forgotten, and for good reason. And don't even get me started on the atrocities of the early naughts, in which unspeakable films like Home on the Range and Meet the Robinsons were released.

Pixar doesn't have a perfect batting average either. It's no secret I hated Brave and I never bothered to see Cars 2. The original was disappointing enough. And while Pixar animation is amazing and revolutionary, it unfortunately led to a CGI surge in all animation, and 2D films are few and far between. Still, none of that is as bad as Chicken Little, so Pixar wins this one!

Pixar might be all the rage now, but at the end of the day, Disney feels like coming home. Deep in your heart, you know Disney should always win! After all, Walt never touched a Pixar film...

1 comment:

taylor said...

Every week should be Disney Week! Not really…but could this be like a biannual thing!