Sunday, September 9, 2007

The $400,000,000 Dollar Rat...


$400,000,000 Dollars...

Sometime early next week "Ratatouille" will pass this figure...

$400,000,000 DOLLARS!

Not that there hasn't been enough negative talk between critics on the net and Suits in the bowels of Burbank, but I'd have to say that marking such a milestone calls for a little respect, don't you? I mean, for all the negativity about how low Pixar's new film has performed... any film from any studio that makes this much money should be considered a hit.

Now it may not be the top film of the year, it may not be in the top five... but it is one of the most successful so can we just agree on that and stop trying to prove a point? Ok, I'll agree with you that it's not Pixar's best or highest grossing. How's that? Now let's congratulate Brad Bird and John Lasseter for making a good film that made hundreds of millions of dollars in three months.

How long did it take for "Sleeping Beauty" to break even? Decades? You bet... and I wonder if anyone thinks that it was a big mistake to make it cause it wasn't an immediate success? Let's take a look at the long run here friends. The present for this film is pretty bright and as time goes by the Mouse will probably see a good return for this film and its characters. That's the perspective we need to judge this from.

For now, just congratulate Remy for making the Mouse an unbelievably huge amount of Cheese...

3 comments:

t said...

The long term influence of Remy on the Walt Disney company is being greatly underestimated by far, far too many...especially Disney followers and fans. The "bigger picture" on Remy 10 to 20 to 30 years down the line will probably surprise people...but far to many critics and fans alike fail to see that on many issues besides the animated films. The various message boards are the first places to see that.

Don't worry Honor, you're one of the ones who sees the "bigger picture". ;)

Joe Shelby said...

well, one counter-thought is that many of the Pixar nay-sayers (JHM often among them) will somehow dig up some quote here or there that has Walt or any of the 9 saying that his at the time flops (Fantasia, Alice, Sleeping Beauty) WERE "big mistakes".

Of course, one can quote mine for just about anything and come up with something that supports your view regardless of the bigger picture and larger context of how things are created and looked upon over time.

davewasbaloo said...

Remember folks, this movie has not yet opened in the UK (due October Half Term school vacation time), a significant market for Disney.

This one will climb. I am looking forward to making up my own mind. Not too enthused when I saw the initial trailers, it is now more entriging with the latest blast.

So will it be an Alice in Wonderland or a Black Cauldren - only time will tell.