As Dreamers Do: American Magic Redux

I hope that metromedia grows into a major media conglomerate. You orignally mentioned something to me about Metromedia buying DIC Saban and the Samuel goldown commpany . Is that plan still in play for the future or has it been scapred. I too alternate ideas for gorwing metromedia. option one have metromedia boyout westinghouse shares of sbc in 1983 MTV Networks in 1985 (This would give them control of Nickelodeon, MTV, VH1 and The Movie Channel ) and grand diamond in the ealry 90's. Option 2 have metromedia buyout westingohous shares of sbc have taff sell hanbara and share of touh stone to henson and have henson sell to metormedia in the 90s.
Honestly a bigger more diverse Metromedia media conglomerate would be an interesting idea and a good way to create a Fox Network style network without the 20th Century Fox connection.
Metromedia
SBC (50%)
Harlem Globetrotters
Ice Capades
Independent
Rankin-Bass
Melendez Studios
Merv Griffin Enterprises
Heatter-Quigley
The Samuel Goldwyn Company
Hemdale Film Corporation
Filmways
New Line Cinema
Jay Ward Productions
DePatie-Freleng Enterprises
Murakami-Wolf-Swenson
Media Home Entertainment
Ruby-Spears
Krofft Entertainment
Premavision/Clokey Productions
The Cannon Group

Companies that Metromedia could buy ITTL.
 
And after that is the 80s and Wheel of Fortune, Sally Ride, Heavy metal suicide, Homeless vets, Foreign debts, AIDS, crack, Bernie Goetz.
(Apologies to Billy Joel)
 
And after that is the 80s and Wheel of Fortune, Sally Ride, Heavy metal suicide, Homeless vets, Foreign debts, AIDS, crack, Bernie Goetz.
(Apologies to Billy Joel)
Sex, Drugs and Disney Animation, or How I Escaped a Broken, Incestuous Home by Daniel Abbott
Coming May 1999 from Houghton Mifflin.
 
Sex, Drugs and Disney Animation, or How I Escaped a Broken, Incestuous Home by Daniel Abbott
Coming May 1999 from Houghton Mifflin.
On the one hand, I am amazed that you managed to turn a retro song reference into an interesting read, both literally and figuratively. On the other hand, I probably would have read that book about a hundred times if I was around ITTL.
 
The quote from @OldNavy1988 seems to imply that Disney is buying Houghton Mifflin. Another thought I had was that Grand Diamond could merge with Capital Cities. And that Namco could sign a distribution deal with Atari.
 
More likely that Houghton Mifflin stays independent or bought out by someone else.
Yeah. Even I think that Disney buying them out is quite a stretch. I took it as a respectable book publisher publishing the life story of a famous Disney animator, which you most likely intended it to be like.
 
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (1979 Film)
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

Released on October 31, 1979

Distributor
United Artists

Production Company
Danjaq/Williams

Directed by
Richard Purdum (UK)
Richard Fleischer (US)

Executive Producers
Albert R. Broccoli
Richard Williams
Leslie Alston [Ousted from D/W during production]

Story adaptation by
Ralph Wright
Leon Copeland [1]
Herb Wolfe [1]
Max Wilk
Patricia Thackray
Howard Ashman (debut)

Based on the book by
CS Lewis

Music by
Irwin Kostal

Animators
Tissa David
Cosmo Anzilotti
Emery Hawkins
Charlie Downs
Bud Luckey
Spencer Peel
Art Vitello
Corny Cole
Chrystal Russell
Michael Sporn
Gian-Franco Celestri
Tim Dillinger [1]
Daniel Abbott [1]
Eric Goldberg
Tom Sito
John Lasseter
John Kimball
Brad Bird
Andreas Deja
Steve Melendez
Karen Schultz
Lou Scarborough

[1] Fictional artists

Voice talents
Daniel Abbott as Peter Pevensie
Lena Zavaroni as Susan Pevensie
Simon Adams as Edmund Pevensie
Claire Williams as Lucy Pevensie
Michael Gough as Aslan
Julie Newmar as Jadis, the White Witch
Eric Idle as Mr. Tumnus
David Ogden Stiers as Mr. Beaver
Jeanette Nolan as Mrs. Beaver
Hans Conried as Ginarrbrik
Denholm Elliott as Professor Digory Kirke
Angela Lansbury as Ms. Macready
Paul Frees as Father Christmas
Jason Wingreen as Maugrim
Chad Stuart as Oreius
Kenneth Mars as General Otmin
Spike Milligan as the Train Guard
Julie Andrews as Helen Pevensie
Ben Wright as Mr. Fox
Freddie Starr as Philip, Edmund's talking horse

Reaction
"Will we finally have a viable competitor against Disney at the box office? UA seems to be on the right track with Wardrobe."
- The Denver Post

"UA's decision to move up Wardrobe's release date to avoid going head to head with Disney's Rapunzel is smart on paper, but I worry that it may have caused the former film's production to be rushed."
- The New York Post

"I honestly thought the story of one of the animators punching his co-worker in the face and getting dragged out of the office by Liberace's bodyguard was a much more interesting story than what ended up on the screen."
- Newsweek

"I can barely draw stick figures. Yet Daniel Abbott makes both animating AND providing the voice of Peter Pevensie look so goddamn easy!!!"
- The Rolling Stone

"It was sad to see an animation legend like Les Alston get the heave-ho, but Wardrobe could very well be his swan-song."
- Roger Ebert; The Chicago Sun-Times

Trivia
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe was UA's first film to feature a new logo designed by Sandy Dvore.

The previous UA logo prior to this film had been the classic hexagon, which Ted Turner deemed to be outdated.
 
Will we see Danjaq/Williams adapt the rest of the book series?
Sadly not. The CS Lewis estate was very uncooperative. In fact, they were very closed minded towards a lot of Richard Williams' ideas during production. Also, they absolutely despised the ideas that Howard Ashman had contributed, only for Danjaq to stand behind Howard all the way through. The stipulations that the Lewis estate demanded from Williams and UA were far less reasonable than what PL Travers wanted from Walt Disney, Sr. when he bought the film rights to Mary Poppins.

So the next project for Danjaq will likely be the finish The Thief and the Cobbler.
 
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