The Fall of Iger Part II

I’ve been hearing some talk since Iger’s unexpected departure yesterday. Mostly, it’s about Bob Chapek and is he really the guy to take over from Bob Iger? Is he just a caretaker until the inevitable mines finish exploding and someone else takes over for him? Is Chapek going to be an improvement?

I’ll answer the last one first. No. No, he won’t. Sure he’s a graduate of MSU and he comes from the Midwest like Walt did. Plus, he’s been with the company for twenty-seven years and he’s worked in every division of it. That’s the plus side. The flip side is that every decision he’s made since taking over Disney Parks has made the experience worse for guests. There has been a barrage of price hikes across the board. And services that used to be provided gratis are now costing and arm and a leg.

The deal used to be that if you went to a Disney Park you paid BIG upfront but then you didn’t have to pay for anything else. You could go to Disney World for a week and not have to buy anything to include top of the line meals at their best restaurants (Victoria And Albert’s excluded naturally) . If you wanted a twenty dollar Mickey Mouse ears that was on you. But now you get penny pinched left and right. They even charge for overnight parking at the resorts now.

A lot of the charm is being replaced by movie tie-ins. There were always a few of those at the parks but now every new ride has to synergize with an existing Disney IP. So you won’t see anything like Expedition Everest from now on.

Is he the man to replace Iger? Well obviously, he already has, but let’s not over rate Bob Iger here. When Eisner had his dust up with Roy Disney, Iger sided (carefully) with Roy and survived the mass executions. He himself looked like a very temporary replacement until he undid Eisner’s last and biggest fuck-up by repairing the breech with Pixar. For those of my readers too young to remember there was a brief period where Pixar was not only independent but had given Disney the finger and stormed off.

Iger had come up in the world of mergers and acquisitions so he fell back on his default skill set and merged Disney with Pixar. He brought John Lasseter on board as the creative director for all of Disney.

That being the other thing that has been making me laugh. The worry that Chapek isn’t creative enough. Neither was Bob Iger! He always had to rely on somebody else to do that for him. Say what you want about Eisner he had a decent record for spotting talent. Iger never did. The only thing he could do was look at a balance sheet and guess at future income levels based on past performance. That worked brilliantly for Kevin Feige. Indifferently for John Lasseter. And disastrously for Kathleen Kennedy. I don’t think Chapek is going to be any different from Iger in this regard.

Is he a caretaker/dupe? Is he just the guy who has been hired to be the fall guy for the inevitable disasters that will come from Woke Marvel? Is he supposed to provide cover for Iger’s preferred heir? The answer is a hard NO. He is not some interim lightening rod cum scape goat. You have to remember, these people don’t think Woke Marvel is going to fail. They believe it’s going to be a multi-billion dollar money making machine just like the Tony Stark cycle of films was.

Last and biggest question, will he be an improvement over Bob Iger?

No, Bob Iger would never have let him get ahead if that was the case. Bob Chapek will be just like Bob Iger if not worse. Sorry if you were hoping to hear something better.

6 thoughts on “The Fall of Iger Part II

  1. Devil Mouse will have worse leadership? Iger’s being replaced by the guy who thought Galaxy’s Edge and $200 custom lightsabers were great ideas? Fantastic!

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    1. I will only say this about Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge.

      Chapek had to put these things in the park and had no control over the movies. So yeah, they suck and no one wants anything to do with FirstOrder era universe but that honestly wasn’t his fault.

      However the $200 lightsabers were absolutely his fault. Yeah, if you go to a Disney Park you are throwing money to the wind but that said at $200 all but the richest families are going to have to decide which child (singular) gets a lightsaber. That won’t cause tears and fighting.

      On the flip side Zoomer kids are so turned off by the adventures of Rey and Rose that they don’t seem to want lightsabers at all.

      The only people who are after them are probably adults who shouldn’t be allowed near a Disney Park. But they can drink in the Cantitna and buy overpriced toys. So good call Bob Chapek!!!

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  2. On a seemingly unrelated note, I think you’d enjoy the anime long-awaited Erased. It’s one story holdover 12 episodes so it’s not like getting into Detective Conan.. The interesting thing is that it’s a story of a young man getting out of gamma-hood, and a paean to the Delta awesomeness.

    Because the plot is driven by a series of child murders (not shown – it’s very Hitchcock-ian) I recommend previewing before sharing with young-uns.I

    https://www.anime-planet.com/anime/erased

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    1. I’d take it as a kindness if you’d delete the first comment.

      On a seemingly unrelated note, I think you’d enjoy the anime Erased. It’s one story told over 12 episodes so it’s not like getting into Detective Conan.. The interesting thing is that it’s a story of a young man getting out of gamma-hood, and a paean to Delta awesomeness.

      Because the plot is driven by a series of child murders (not shown – it’s very Hitchcock-ian) I recommend previewing before sharing with young-uns.

      https://www.anime-planet.com/anime/erased

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  3. @Overgrown Hobbit

    You learn something new everyday. I just learned that if I delete a comment it takes all the replies with it.

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    In reply to:On a seemingly unrelated note, I think you’d enjoy the anime long-awaited Erased. It’s one story holdover 12 episodes so it’s not like getting into Detective Conan.. The interesting thing is that it’s a story of a young man getting out of gamma-hood, and a paean to the Delta awesomeness. Because the plot is driven by a series of child murders (not shown – it’s very Hitchcock-ian) I recommend previewing before sharing with young-uns.I https://www.anime-planet.com/anime/erased
    I’d take it as a kindness if you’d delete the first comment.

    On a seemingly unrelated note, I think you’d enjoy the anime Erased. It’s one story told over 12 episodes so it’s not like getting into Detective Conan.. The interesting thing is that it’s a story of a young man getting out of gamma-hood, and a paean to Delta awesomeness.

    Because the plot is driven by a series of child murders (not shown – it’s very Hitchcock-ian) I recommend previewing before sharing with young-uns.

    https://www.anime-planet.com/anime/erased

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