I'd like to offer these rebuttals to NC's "Dreamworks vs. Disney"
Disney's marketing for Tangled did take a page from DreamWorks -
that's the only thing NC's right about in her video.
WB's production values for their cartoon shorts were more or less
equal to Disney's, monetarily and artistically.
Disney's shorts feature as much slapstick as WB cartoons, including
"cartoon animals hurting each other". Goofy cartoons are famous for
slapstick. Donald Duck cartoons are famous for Donald's physical and
emotional pain and suffering.
Disney's shorts feature as much, if not more, pop culture references
as WB cartoons. The most famous example: Mickey's Polo Team. Other
examples are The Autograph Hound, Mother Goose Goes Hollywood, and
Mickey's Gala Premier. The pop-culture references are not limited to
these shorts. Disney pulled these pop culture references as often, if
not more often, than WB cartoons.
WB never "eclipsed" Disney, and Disney never "eclipsed" WB. Disney is
known for its full length animated features, WB is known for its
animated theatrical shorts.
Disney's shorts are as "low brow" as WB shorts, perhaps lower.
Disney's shorts have a knack for getting their characters prodded and
poked in the butt, to a much higher extent than WB cartoons. WB
cartoons also feature some high-concept works, like What's Opera Doc,
an achievement that no Disney short can lay claim to.
"Disney was too high and mighty to do (slapstick humor and pop
culture references)": this claim is untrue in light of the above.
"(Disney and Warner Brothers) battled for supremacy until finally
Disney vanquished its foe" - this couldn't be father from the truth.
Both studios wound down their animated shorts departments at around the
same time, when shorts could no longer be bundled with feature films
when sold to theaters. There was no "vanquishing" involved.
"(Warner Bros) didn't have the foresight (to go into feature films)"
- I'm going to accept that WB didn't have "foresight" in the sense that
their cartoon department was completely directionless. WB executives
were almost completely in the dark about their animation department,
closing it, re-opening it, never really embracing it until the Golden
Age was long gone. However, this is not related to any inherent
"low-brow" versus "high ground" stance, it's simply a result of a
disconnect between WB's higher ups and the animation department.
The Disney-DreamWorks animosity - I'm not even going to touch that
one, because it's all speculation.
...and finally NC gets to the only valid point in the video, that
Disney's marketing for Tangled posed its characters in the sly,
devilish grin, cocked-eyebrow, cock-sure attitude. You do not need a
ten-minute video filled with factually-incorrect claims to make that
NC sets up an elaborate "Disney vs X" theory that doesn't exist. Disney
never took any "high ground" with its shorts. Disney didn't shy away
from pop culture references. Disney didn't shy away from slapstick and
"cartoon animals beating each other". Disney's short division didn't
vanquish WB's short division in any measurable way.
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