Right now,Bob Iger's Disney is pissing me to no end. Recently they introduced even More girly-girl bullshit in the form of Mako Mermaids. Now they are giving us a full hour of Hannah Montana.
Basically Iger and Sherwood is telling the fans to go Suck It. A very very shameful way to start 2016.
So with that said,Let us take a small trip back to an era where Disney was Disney and the Bigshots didn't piss of Walt's legacy. Where Hannah Montana Mania was not even a thought (thank god). And where they rarely gave us things that we Didn't want.
Let's visit the greatest era of Disney.....The Eisner Era.
From 1985-2005 A man,a genus,ran the House of Mouse. His name was Michael Eisner.
Let's begin with the 1st big thing he did,Revitalized the Disney Channel. Back when it first launched in 1983,the Disney Channel was not very ideal...in fact,it was lame. But in 1986,Michael Eisner modernized it and it be came the #1 competitor to Viacom's Nickelodeon.
Also in 1986,he introduced the masses to Disney Television Animation. The 1st animated show (the Wuzzles) was a flop,but the 2nd one (Adventures of the Gummi Bears) proved to be a hit. However,in the fall of 1987,the world was introduced to what would be the most iconic animated series ever,Ducktales.
And after the creation of Chip 'n Dale's Rescue Rangers in 1988,The Disney Afternoon was introduced. The Disney Afternoon was one of the most iconic weekday afternoon blocks in America. It definatly needs a revival. Anyway,the block would continue to grow until 1996,where it prompltly died.
Also in 1989,Eisner Resurrected Disney at the Box Office with the Little Mermaid,kickstarting the Disney Renaissance. More successes followed and eventually,Disney became popular again.
TV wise Disney was at it's strongest,with great shows and program direction. Box Office wise,it was also doing great....well up until the early 2000's,where Box Office numbers for the company were falling. TV wise,they were still golden though.
Theme park wise things weren't too bad,though in the late 90's,they did have troubles with a revitalised Universal Studios(disney's main rivals in the theme park biz).
The 90's were awesome for Disney TV Wise. In 1997,Eisner commisioned a cool SatAM block called One Saturday Morning,which debut a hear after the end of the Disney Afternoon. Then,in 1999,he created Toon Disney,the 24/7 all Animation network. Despite the name,the Netwirk was more like Boomerang than Cartoon Network,but that isn't excactly a bad thing.
Well the 90's came and went,and inner turmoil rocked the Walt Disney Company. Eisner was ousted and Bob Iger was chosen as a sucessor. This would eventually lead to the Disney Nightmare,but I'll talk about That another time.
Now then,you probally wanna know what Michael Eisner did to get ousted? In the early 2000's,Eisner wanted to bury Pixar and have people forget it existed.Why? I have no idea. Next was the constant string of Box Office flops. The Direct-to-DVD sequels also played a part. And Finally,Eisner started to neglect the Theme parks,Roy Jr. was very miffed at this.
So there you have it,the reasons why Eisner was ousted,while he did awesome work on the TV side of things,he began slipping up in the other areas.
But despite all of this,everyone will agree that the Eisner Era was Disney's greatest era.
The Disney Afternoon and One Saturday Morning gave us a crapload of great shows,Toon Disney gave us a fun nostalgia trip,The animated movies were top notch,and the Disney Channel had some pretty good content. In fact,Did you know that Kim Possible,aka the greatest Disney Channel show ever,was a product of the Eisner Era? It's true.
Despite all of it's epicness,I do have some gripes with the Eisner Era. My first gripe is that Eisner did kinda waste money on the Direct-to-DVD sequels. Though,I will admit,some of them were pretty fun. The other gripe is that he rarely did anything to improve the theme parks. That's sad.
Well there was my salute to the Eisner Era. Michael Eisner may have been lax during his final years,but there's no denying the awesome things he gave us prior to his fall.
See Ya,Space Cowboy!