WB, Fox & Universal To Join Disney Movies Anywhere

Disney LogoDisney Movies Anywhere, a cloud service for – What else? – Disney’s catalogue of movies, is set to partner up with UltraViolet, a similar cloud service that features the film catalogues of Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox, and Universal Pictures. However, this is not a merger, as both Disney Movies Anywhere and UltraViolet will remain separate – though still connected – services.

Bloomberg is reporting that the three Disney competitors are set to join forces on the cloud service format by means of an agreement to utilize the KeyChest format that Disney has taken advantage of. This means that both Disney Movies Anywhere and the UltraViolet platforms are still separate, but the latter is now running on the same sort of technology. Lionsgate is interested in the format, while Paramount is unable to get involved due to financial disputes; there’s also no word on what Sony Pictures thinks of the deal.

Variety also adds that WB’s CEO, Kevin Tsujihara, was one of the first rival executives to be in favor of Disney’s deal. Tsujihara previously reasoned that it would be better for businesses all around if they cooperated with this format, stating the following to investors back in 2014:

“It would be my goal to bridge [UltraViolet] with what Disney is doing, so the consumer doesn’t have to guess is that a Disney movie, or is that a Fox, Sony, Paramount, Universal or Warner Bros. movie? To be more profitable, we don’t need consumer spending [on discs] to grow.”

While there are still some roadblocks to Tsujihara’s vision of a shared movie cloud service, this is definitely a push in the right direction. It remains to be seen if this kind of synergy can counteract the success of subscription services like Netflix or Amazon, but it should provide additional incentive for audiences to check the Disney Movies Anywhere and UltraViolet services out.

Source: BloombergVariety

The Walt Disney Animation Library, Ranked From Worst To Best

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Disney Disney had made an unconventional “franchise” out of remaking its animated classics as live-action blockbusters. Combined with their Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars stables, it has ensured the company’s continued domination in the film sphere. Maleficent, Cinderella, and The Jungle Book were at the forefront of that charge the last few years. Now, with Beauty and the Beast hitting theaters (our review here), now is a great time to look back at Disney’s amazing animated catalog and how they stack up against each other.

Disney has had a lot of animated films released theatrically or direct-to-video, sometimes in collaboration with other studios. This list specifically focuses on those from the Walt Disney Animation department, so sorry Brave Little Toaster fans, of which I’m one. No Pixar flicks either, but fans of that studio are in luck, as we ranked their films last summer. You can check that list out below.

I haven’t seen Saludos Amigos, Make Music Mine, Song of the South, Melody Time, Fun and Fancy Free, & The Three Caballeros, hence their exclusionNaturally, we’ll most likely disagree about the specific ordering. Let’s think of it as a conversation starter. I’d love to hear what you guys think in the comments!

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Grant Davis

Grant Davis

A Texan freelance writer with interests in Star Wars, superhero movies, and entertainment in general.