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Shrek & Monster Inc.

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Rafael M, Oct 14, 2001.

  1. Rafael M

    Rafael M Agent

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    It's a little late but do you think Katzenberg(?) from Dreamworks SKG released Shrek/DVD on Friday to affect Walt Disney's Monster Inc.???
     
  2. Peter Kline

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    No. One's coming out on video, the other going into movie theatres. The only time there was a deliberate release pattern was when Katzenberg had Dreamworks rush out "Antz" before Disney/Pixar could release "A Bugs Life". The latter one hands down in box office and home video sales.
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  3. Edwin Pereyra

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    Yes, sorry Peter. [​IMG] This is called counterprogramming to some extent. DreamWorks knew very well the release date of Monsters, Inc. Shrek will probably do very little to the box office take of M.I, in the long run as the latter is one of the most highly anticipated films this fall season.
    But by positioning its video/DVD release on the same day M,I. goes into wide release on November 2nd, and along with its huge advertising campaign, Shrek surely stands to benefit in this campaign and may even affect M.I,'s opening weekend box office take.
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  4. Sean Moon

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    Shrek wont do much against Monsters Inc if the rumors of Monsters having the Star Wars II trailer are true...that alone almost guarantees good box office opening weekend. And also, I believe Shrek had a solid Nov 2 date before Monsters inc...as Monsters was originally Nov 15 or so before Disney took cover from Harry Potter a month or so ago.
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    quote: Star Wars II = Fox/Lucasfilm
    Monsters Inc = Disney/Pixar
    I really think that those rumors are false...[/quote]
    But remember that the Meet Joe Black trailer had the Episode 1 trailer, and Meet Joe Black was Universal while Episode 1 was Fox/Lucasfilm.
    Now for Monsters Inc., it's going to have one hell of a hard time reaching $250 million (like Shrek). Shrek opened up right before kids got on summer break and quite a few people saw the film twice. Monsters Inc. is opening three weeks prior to a major holiday and Harry Potter owns that holiday as it is. I see Monsters Inc. taking $150-200 million at most. This could be the 1st time a DreamWorks/PDI CGI film kicks a Disney/Pixar CGI film's ass.
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    Yes, but the Episode One teaser played with:
    Meet Joe Black= Universal
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    The Waterboy= Buena Vista
    Studios have little to do with it.
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    I saw the Episode I teaser before A Bug's Life, so I hope it plays in front of Monsters Inc., since I'll be seeing it as well.
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  10. Martin Fontaine

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    As far as I'm concerned, the best DVD Store around here (Metro Video) and the best movie theater (The Famous Players Paramount) are located in the same building so I'll be buying my copy of Shrek right after I buy my ticket for Monsters Inc.
     
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    But dont forget that Lucasfilm once owned Pixar, it was a subdivision of Lucasfilm and they are real buddy buddy. Lucas even mentions it on the TPM DVD.
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    Oops, maybe I'm wrong. I don't know why I was under the impression that the Episode II trailer could only precede a Fox film.
     
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    I don't see how SHREK would effect Monsters sales. These are 2 different mediums. A movie at a theater and a movie on DVD. Most people will probably buy the DVD (watch it later or whenever) and watch Monsters at the theater.
     
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    It is possible that Fox/Lucasfilm could release the SW:Episode II trailer the same weekend as Monsters Inc. and might even ask that theaters show it with that film. It is very unlikely, though, that the trailer would be shipped with the prints of Monsters Inc. or that theaters would be placed under any kind of contractual obligation to show them together.
    Studios do sometimes physically attach a trailer to the prints of one of their own films. Fox might release the Episode 2 trailer with some upcoming film in that manner. I think the chances are pretty much nil that any other studio will do so.
    If I remember right, the Episode 1 trailer was not attached to any specific movie. A lot of people associate it with "Meet Joe Black" because that was the most prominent new film the weekend the trailer was released, causing them to play together in a lot of theaters.
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    I agree with those who are saying that this is some kind of "steal the thunder" from Disney. However, I think it is done more for symbolic or ego purposes rather than for financial reasons.
    I thought Shrek was just "OK", but I'll be damned if I'm going to miss Monsters, Inc. That's just me though. I also thought Bug's Life was vastly superior to Antz; I guess I just like the Pixar stuff better.
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