Wonders never cease: After 73 years of romantic swooning, Disney is closing the door on the genre that helped make them famous -- the fairy tale.
The LA Times reports that after 'Tangled,' the Mouse House is shutting the door on fairy tales and princesses for the foreseeable future. Though they can never say never -- because the future can bring any number of surprises -- the company wants to keep up with the times, and the times aren't too keen on romantic stories of unstoppable princes saving desperate, pretty princesses ...even if they are a cornerstone of the company's business, from the castles that adorn the logos to Princess merchandise lines and spin-off Broadway musicals.
Animation heads Ed Catmull (Pixar) and John Lasseter (Disney) believe that "films and genres do run a course. They may come back later because someone has a fresh take on it ... but we don't have any other musicals or fairy tales lined up." In fact, as part of this fairy tale-free future, they've killed the other two films that have been in development -- 'The Snow Queen' and 'Jack and the Beanstalk.'