Written by steet :
EDIT on August 2012 : Looking back at this, I obviously overreacted, due to the disappointment. It appears we'll probably never know the "real" reason behind the cancellation and various problems of the Disney / Boom Studios comics.
Newsflash : TaleSpin is NOT A DISNEY AFTERNOON PROPERTY!!!
What could appear to be a joke, is unfortunately the horrible truth : Disney considers TaleSpin as an entirely separate licence. So yes, forget the fact that TaleSpin was the FIRST show CREATED FOR the Disney Afternoon. Disney wants to "rewrite history" (woo-hoo! or not)
What does this mean? Boom Studios will NOT be able to publish any TaleSpin comics, as they "only" own the Disney Afternoon licence. And it will most likely be the same for any company which gets the DA licence in the future.
So yes, Disney is basically KILLING TaleSpin THEMSELVES. We all thought the issue with TaleSpin was due to the lawsuit with Louie's voice, well we were wrong : the issue is from the inside.
ANY TaleSpin fan KNOWS that TaleSpin is NOT a Jungle Book spinoff. Clearly the people who decided this didn't actually watch the show. Or they want to force third parties to buy another licence just to make more money. In any case, there is no valid reason.
Why isn't CHIP'N DALE Rescue Rangers considered as a separate licence, with both characters coming from the Classics? Same question for Ducktales, which characters come from the Comics and which even got a Movie.
It seems TaleSpin is not the only series to suffer from licencing problems : no vynilmations of "Gummi Bears" will be produced, and the CEO of Boom Studios said it was a separate licence too. But the reason seems different (and more justified) : it seems the channel that used to air the show still has some rights onto it. At least it's not Disney THEMSELVES who are blocking out...
This isn't the first time a publisher encounters a problem with Disney licencing. SLG publishing published Gargoyles comics a few years ago, and had to stop when they needed to renew the licence, because Disney suddenly realized it was much more popular than they thought and raised the licence fees in a huge proportion (One has to wonder what was the benefit, since they had to STOP exploiting the licence?) I wouldn't be surprised if Gargoyles was also considered a separate licence.
I really hope the Disney folks gets to know how much all this is ultimately hurting the fans - their customers, the people who are more than ready to spend precious money on the best properties they have. What's the point of owning an amazing licence and never using it?
Ok, I'll be positive for a change: now that we've reached the far bottom, things can only get better, don't you think?
I also hope for a big misunderstanding. As much as the general opinion on Disney TV animation is bad nowadays, I think there are some great folks at Disney and I never expected them to do us such a crass. Am I over-reacting? Currently, I don't think so. Anyone from Disney, if you read this...please clarify this! Help us! I have faith in you. I know you can correct this mistake.
On a slightly brighter note, the TaleSpin vinylmation set released yesturday, completely sold out in 6 hours! (there were 1000 units total) At least this is a sign that the show is STILL very popular.
Also, all this makes me want to help on the Virtual Season project more than ever. I already stated I was practicing so that I can actually draw some of our fan comic. If you want to help us, check the forums!!! We can do it!
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