Having just today been reminded what Pixar can do at the top of their game, that Disney wants to make another Toy Story sequel without Lasseter & Co.
seems like a bad omen. Does anyone else remember Disney Feature Animation's first foray into the Pixarless world, Dinosaur
? I wish I didn't.
It was notable mainly as a means of synergy with the then newly-opened Animal Kingdom park at Walt Disney World; the same CG models were used in queue and in-ride visuals. The story was utter dreck, a bad knockoff of The Land Before Time
; that series became terribly tiresome from any creative standpoint halfway through the first volume, and rehashing it with stiff CG rather than mediocre cel work can't be an improvement. The characters were unlikeable and not particularly emotive; the limitations of the Disney "Secret Lab" crew compared to their counterparts at Pixar, I suppose.
I'll await the next solo-Disney CG project, Chicken Little
, before going into full doomsaying mode, but I suspect that'll only be saved - if in fact it is - by Scrubs
' Zach Braff.