Saturday, May 11, 2013

Mumblings Around the Margins

Finally, some Disney TV- and comics-related information to pass along... IMHO, rather in the manner of passing a kidney stone, but that's just me...

According to Open Vault Disney, the Disney Movie Club is now taking pre-orders for two 27-episode sets of Goof Troop DVDs.  The funny thing is, I went to DMC, did a search, but couldn't find the sets listed anywhere.  Perhaps I looked in the wrong place, but maybe someone can retrace my footsteps and find them.

This is the first real "movement" on the Disney Afternoon DVD front that we've seen for some time.  With Disney apparently terminally uninterested in completing the mass-market releases of DuckTales, Chip and Dale's Rescue Rangers, Tale Spin, and Darkwing Duck, I certainly wouldn't be displeased if we could at least get limited releases of the remaining episodes through DMC.  Other studios, such as Warner Bros., have enjoyed some success with similar boutique-release policies.  The fact that DMC is only offering 54 of the 78 Goof Troop eps in these packages, however, is cause for concern.  Is this going to be another instance of Disney simply throwing a few DVD sets out there just for the sake of doing so and not bothering to complete the total series release?  If these things are going to be limited-release offerings anyway, then what is the point of only releasing a portion of the series?

We still don't have any real information about what (if any) plans Disney-Marvel has in terms of reviving an American Disney comics line, but someone at Disney Publishing has apparently suffered an attack of nostalgia for the bygone days of DISNEY ADVENTURES DIGEST.  Our favorite distaff Disneyites are teaming up in a new "activity magazine" that will feature COMICS!! well, in a manner of speaking.  If the models of the characters that are shown at the bottom of the cover of issue #1 are the models that will be used in the comics (in order to, I presume, differentiate them from the "real, live" Minnie and Daisy), then we've been pegged all the way back to those terrible late-DISNEY ADVENTURES mini-stories featuring the stick-figure versions of Mickey and Goofy.
The "friendship-focused" MINNIE AND DAISY mag seems to me to be an attempt to compete with the animated and print versions of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.  Good luck with that one.  The one saving grace that I can see here is that "disposable celebrities of the month" have not yet begun to share the cover with our gal pals.  I repeat: not yet.

8 comments:

Gregory Weagle said...

The last thing I heard about it was someone was looking at some drawings from MarvelCon and from what I heard; Darkwing Duck, TaleSpin and Lilo & Stitch have been pitched to the top brass. Other than that; I don't expect this to go anywhere unless proven otherwise.

http://micechat.com/25632-marvel-world-wondercon-part-2/

Pan MiluĊ› said...

We actually had that "Minnie/Daisy best friends forever" publish here in Poland... let's just say it sold poorly...

Jodi Davis said...

On DMC, if you log in and go to the bottom of the main page, there is a banner there. Otherwise, just look up the DVD Exclusives. They have that section under "All Movies > Live Action > DVD Exclusives" (or this is the link to the section I have). They should be at the top.

Joe Torcivia said...

Chris:

Your “kidney stone” analogy is not only true, but may be the only thing worthwhile about this entire post. Please note: I’m killing the MESSAGE, and not the messenger.

Considering DUCKTALES and its contemporary series have been in a state of “DVD-us – Incompleteus” (Sorry, Chuck Jones!) since 2007, and that it’s been almost TWO YEARS since the “final” issue of WALT DISNEY’S COMICS AND STORIES, there’s no way this can be interpreted as anything resembling “good news”.

It feels as if Disney has reverted to its “Post-Comics-Implosion-Mode” of late 1991 and beyond and is once again offering stale crumbs, while presenting it as a meal. It’s a mode you should certainly recognize.

When Greg says: “…someone was looking at some drawings from MarvelCon and from what I heard; Darkwing Duck, TaleSpin and Lilo & Stitch have been pitched to the top brass.”, I throw up my hands and say… This is exactly what I fail to understand.

Um, doesn’t DISNEY OWN MARVEL?!

If Disney wanted WALT DISNEY’S COMICS AND STORIES to return – via Marvel, or another licensee – wouldn’t they be able to “make it so”, as Captain Picard would say?! Why would anything need to be PITCHED to Marvel? Does the tail really wag the dog here?

I know there’s unpublished material “ready-to-go”, if the comics were green-lit, because some of it is mine. And, there are competent, “ready-made” persons to helm the line, like David Gerstein, John Clark, Chris Burns, Chris Meyer… or go back to Bob Foster – any or all of whom I’m certain would be able to “hit the ground running”. If the right person(s) wanted those comics to continue, it wouldn’t take TWO YEARS (and, presumably, more) to resume!

I still maintain that the classic DA series’ unfinished state on DVD might have been due to there being SO MANY changes of management and personnel in the various nooks and crannies of Disney, that the right person(s) might NOT EVEN KNOW the series are incomplete.

Warner Bros recently “woke up” in terms of completing ANIMANIACS and continuing POPEYE, after long periods of dormancy. While I have less confidence in Disney to undergo a similar awakening, it always remains possible. The “Core Four” Disney comic titles (WDC&S, U$, DD, and MM), however, I feel are gone forever – because they could easily be back by know… if it were what Disney wanted.

kenisu said...

That Open Vault Disney petition needs way more exposure if it's going to get anywhere. I signed it quite a while ago and it's only just broken a pitiful 400 signatures?

Man! There's got to be some way to make people mindful of these shows again and get them to sign that thing, or at least create a public demand for the completion of the DVDs.

Chris Barat said...

Joe,

It's not looking good at present insofar as a revived "classic" Disney comics line is concerned... for exactly the reason you gave. With Marvel as a partner, it should have been "duck soup" (heh) for Disney to bring these comics back, if they really wanted to.

Chris

Gregory Weagle said...

--- Um, doesn’t DISNEY OWN MARVEL?!

If Disney wanted WALT DISNEY’S COMICS AND STORIES to return – via Marvel, or another licensee – wouldn’t they be able to “make it so”, as Captain Picard would say?! Why would anything need to be PITCHED to Marvel?---

Yes, Disney owns Marvel. When I meant top brass; I meant pitching the idea to Disney for approval and then be deferred over to Marvel. It's standard protocol to pitch a production for entertainment to be green lighted; has been for decades now. Besides; this is the first time I have heard any one pitching the idea for a TaleSpin comic that wasn't me, Steet, or someone off the street.

Joe; you might be right about this being bad news because I have known Disney enough to realize that the chances of this going anywhere is very small. However; for Disney to just "make it so" is just not how stuff gets approved. They don't call it "sucking up to the boss" for nothing after all.

As for the Daisy/Minnie friendship stuff: I swear that if a TaleSpin comic is approved; the first issue tagline for it would probably be "Friendship is Flying". And I betcha someone is reading this and getting a light bulb on top of their head too.

Chris Barat said...

Greg,

"Yes, Disney owns Marvel. When I meant top brass; I meant pitching the idea to Disney for approval and then be deferred over to Marvel. It's standard protocol to pitch a production for entertainment to be green lighted; has been for decades now."

Of course, this wouldn't prevent someone at Marvel from gently nudging someone at Disney about the issue of comics -- to "grease the wheels of progress," as it were. There's no evidence that such a thing has occurred.

Chris