Friday, March 18, 2016
Steven Spielberg And Disney Working Together Again
Spielberg was brought on as executive producer of Roger Rabbit, with friend Robert Zemeckis directing. It was Spielberg's influence that secured the use of Warner Brothers' characters in a Disney movie. The film was a big hit and put plans in motion for more animated features, such as The Little Mermaid. Roger Rabbit was also featured in TV spots, short cartoons, merchandise and in park expansion plans. While the exact details about the separation of Disney and Spielberg's Amblin company isn't clear, Roger Rabbit and co. took the back seat around 1993 when both companies (each owning 50% of Roger Rabbit rights) parted ways. Over the last 22 years many things have changed for both Disney and Spielberg. In 2005, Disney took on a new CEO, Bob Iger. Spielberg went on to co-create Dreamworks (Saving Private Ryan, Gladiator, Shrek) and continued directing many critically acclaimed movies as well as producing entertaining cartoons like Tiny Toon Adventures and Animaniacs.
In 2015 Disney distributed the Spielberg directed Bridge of Spies which starred Tom Hanks. If I'm correct, this was the first time Disney and Spielberg worked together since the time of the Roger Rabbit cartoon shorts in 1993. The BFG (Big Friendly Giant), which involves Spielberg and Roger Rabbit producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, is another project with Disney that is set for release in summer of 2016. The news of another Indiana Jones will see the trio working together again with the Disney company. Though this might not be Roger Rabbit news, it's great seeing that the passing of time has brought back the teaming up of Spielberg and Disney.