Friday, July 5, 2013

Oswald Opines - Eisner Era Prelude

Eisner and His Kingdom

I have said this a few times, I am too young for Uncle Walt and what I remember is Uncle Mike.  One of the things that shocked me when I took my first steps into the Disney community was the strong opinions around Michael Eisner.  The often harsh things I heard about this former Disney CEO and President did not align with my memory.  And I was not paying attention during the unpleasantness that surrounded his departure.  Why I kept asking was "everyone" so mean to Michael?

Then I read Disney War!  We will talk about this book later, but what I will mention now is it made it clear to me that the Eisner Era was not all puppies and unicorns.  There were real issues, and these issues both lead to Eisner's departure and the negative feelings directed at him.  I will not say that I agree with those opinions.  But I will say I understand better now what happened to make fans so polarized around him. 

Betweenland over the next few weeks is going to experience an Eisner takeover.  Here we will explore a number of books that chronicle the Eisner era.  And at the conclusion I will share my opinions that have been formed with spending months within these books. 

I hope you enjoy this journey with me and will share your opinions or changing opinions on this important Disney figure.


  1. I love this! I am kind of fascinated by Eisner and also read DISNEY WAR and was totally enthralled by it. Made me think so differently about things. I still think Eisner did a lot of positive things for all the dirty things that were happening too.

    Looking forward to this!

  2. Sneak Peek: Disney Wars is part of this adventure.