Anaron, on 30 October 2012 - 20:53, said:
They acquired Pixar Animation Studios in 2006. Since that acquisition, Pixar has released seven computer-animated films and all of them have done well at the box office.
Incorrect. CARS 2. And note that all Pixar movies are 5-10 YEARS in development. All of them predate the Disney deal.
Regardless, Pixar remains wholly autonomous. In fact, their creative head (Lasseter) became the head of Disney's creative for these projects. So, while Disney "owns" Pixar, the truth is that Pixar drives Disney creative in many ways now. If Steve Jobs would have lived, I suspect he'd have become the next Chairman of Disney one day. Note also that Jobs bought the ILM animation group and created Pixar so many years ago, so this is probably the personal/professional bridge between Lucas and Disney that led to this deal.
Similarly, Disney isn't executing any control over the Marvel films. They have their own internal plans for the movies and have been driving that very well. Disney is just distributing/marketing/toys, etc.
HOWEVER, with Lucas stepping back to being a Creative Consultant (not even CEO emeritus, etc.) of the new entity, there has to be another story with George behind the scenes. This is going from 100% to 0% in one turn. And that is not like the George Lucas of the past decades.
The big loser is FOX which owns distribution of all past Star Wars movies, etc. [edit: This is also why Disney is going to want to make new Star Wars films, since Fox still owns distribution of the real Star Wars movies, etc.]