Although the Disney CEO didn’t want to spend too much time discussing the topic, Bob Iger recently opened up about how Pixar has changed in the months since John Lasseter’s exit.
Disney has seen a lot of controversy over the past year. The Star Wars franchise faced backlash following the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Solo: A Star Wars Story, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 has been put on hold following the firing of writer/director James Gunn over controversial tweets and Roseanne Barr was fired from her show following a racist tweet. The studio also faced controversy when John Lasseter had to step down from his position following a sexual assault claim.
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Disney CEO Bob Iger addressed the inevitable effect that Lasseter’s exit had on the studio. Though Iger briefly discussed the state of Pixar and Lasseter’s influence on the studio, he made it clear that he didn’t want to dabble on the topic for too long.
“Any time that you change leadership there is an inevitable cultural shift. There was a cultural shift at Disney when I took over for Michael Eisner after 21 years. John Lasseter was in his role for a long time, had an enormous influence on both the culture and the creativity of Pixar, and so of course in John leaving there is inevitable and was an inevitable cultural shift. To get into the details, I’d prefer not to.”
It hasn’t been all controversy for Pixar though. This summer, the long-awaited sequel Incredible 2 had a very successful box office run that resulted in the film finishing its theatrical run with over $1.18 billion. It will be followed by up by next year’s Pixar film Toy Story 4, which will hit theaters next June despite Annie Potts recently saying that Pixar threw out most of the script. The last time fans saw Woody, Buzz and the gang was eight years ago in the 2010 smash hit Toy Story 3.
Considering how long it’s been since the films release and the emotional cord it struck in fans, it’s safe to say that Toy Story could wind up being one of the most talked about films of summer 2019. What are your thoughts on the state of Pixar’s recent releases? Have you been a fan of their recent work or is it no longer your thing? Let us know in the comments below!
Source: The Hollywood Reporter