History ScrewedByTheNetwork / Film

1st Dec '16 11:09:23 AM mimitchi33
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* Here's a rare example involving a film's television broadcast: [[Creator/ABCFamily Freeform]] promised to air ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' eight times during the 25 Days of Christmas, but they cut down the airings to two without notice the day before the event started.
4th Nov '16 8:02:06 PM Mario1995
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* Paramount canceled the United States release of ''[[WesternAnimation/TheLittlePrince2015 The Little Prince]]'' just a week before its scheduled release, making it one of the most abrupt release cancellations ever. Paramount allegedly feared the film would not hold out against either ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' (which was a massive hit) or ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' (which was scheduled for release the week after ''The Little Prince''[='=]s canceled release), and would've served as another box office bomb in Paramount's history books[[note]]The film's release was planned during a turbulent time at Paramount, thanks to under-performing releases in 2015 and continued executive meltdowns at Creator/{{Viacom}}, their parent company[[/note]]. The distribution were eventually picked up by Creator/{{Netflix}} on the week of its intended release.

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* Paramount canceled the United States release of ''[[WesternAnimation/TheLittlePrince2015 The Little Prince]]'' just a week before its scheduled release, making it one of the most abrupt release cancellations ever. Paramount allegedly feared the film would not hold out against either ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' (which was a massive hit) or ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' (which was scheduled for release the week after ''The Little Prince''[='=]s canceled release), and would've served as another box office bomb in Paramount's history books[[note]]The film's release was planned during a turbulent time at Paramount, thanks to under-performing releases in 2015 and continued executive meltdowns at Creator/{{Viacom}}, their parent company[[/note]]. The distribution rights were eventually picked up by Creator/{{Netflix}} on the week of its intended release.
20th Oct '16 9:44:52 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* Speaking of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', Creator/MiramaxFilms (under Disney's watch) managed to run the franchise's theatrical series in the States to the ground. After ''Anime/{{Pokemon3}}'' failed to meet Creator/WarnerBrothers financial expectations, the contract with Warner lapsed and the rights were passed on to Miramax, then owned by Disney. Apparently, [[TheyJustDidntCare Miramax had no interest in the Pokémon series]] and sabotaged the U.S. releases of ''Anime/Pokemon4Ever'' and ''Anime/PokemonHeroes'' respectively. First they gave the films an extremely small advertising campaign, released them at less than 300 theaters (compared to Warner's films, which were released in more than or around 3,000 theaters) and pulled them from the theaters after two months. The end result was that both films failed to gross more than $10 million at the box office, with ''Heroes'' failing to reach the $1 million mark. As a result, ''Anime/PokemonJirachiWishMaker'' and ''Anime/PokemonDestinyDeoxys'' were made exclusively direct-to-video before Disney's license expired, after which Pokémon USA permanently assumed the rights to the entire anime. It would take thirteen years for The Pokémon Company to decide to give worldwide theatrical distribution another chance, partnering up with Creator/LegendaryPictures and Creator/{{Universal}} for a [[LiveActionAdaptation live-action]] ''Pokémon'' movie, but rather than expand the anime's story or start a new live-action Pokémon universe, the trio decided to go a new direction: focusing entirely on Pikachu and his escapades and base it off the spin-off ''VideoGame/DetectivePikachu'', which had not been released outside Japan at that point.

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* Speaking of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', Creator/MiramaxFilms (under Disney's watch) managed to run the franchise's theatrical series in the States to the ground. After ''Anime/{{Pokemon3}}'' failed to meet Creator/WarnerBrothers financial expectations, the contract with Warner lapsed and the rights were passed on to Miramax, then owned by Disney. Apparently, [[TheyJustDidntCare Miramax had no interest in the Pokémon series]] series and sabotaged the U.S. releases of ''Anime/Pokemon4Ever'' and ''Anime/PokemonHeroes'' respectively. First they gave the films an extremely small advertising campaign, released them at less than 300 theaters (compared to Warner's films, which were released in more than or around 3,000 theaters) and pulled them from the theaters after two months. The end result was that both films failed to gross more than $10 million at the box office, with ''Heroes'' failing to reach the $1 million mark. As a result, ''Anime/PokemonJirachiWishMaker'' and ''Anime/PokemonDestinyDeoxys'' were made exclusively direct-to-video before Disney's license expired, after which Pokémon USA permanently assumed the rights to the entire anime. It would take thirteen years for The Pokémon Company to decide to give worldwide theatrical distribution another chance, partnering up with Creator/LegendaryPictures and Creator/{{Universal}} for a [[LiveActionAdaptation live-action]] ''Pokémon'' movie, but rather than expand the anime's story or start a new live-action Pokémon universe, the trio decided to go a new direction: focusing entirely on Pikachu and his escapades and base it off the spin-off ''VideoGame/DetectivePikachu'', which had not been released outside Japan at that point.
14th Oct '16 2:45:43 PM Yeow95
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* Paramount canceled the United States release of ''[[WesternAnimation/TheLittlePrince2015 The Little Prince]]'' just a week before its scheduled release, making it one of the most abrupt release cancellations ever. Paramount allegedly feared the film would not hold out against either ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' (which was a massive hit) or ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' (which was scheduled for release the week after ''The Little Prince''[='=]s canceled release), and would've served as another box office bomb in Paramount's history books[[note]]The film's release was planned during a turbulent time at Paramount, thanks to under-performing releases in 2015 and continued executive meltdowns at Creator/{{Viacom}}, their parent comapny[[/note]]. The distribution were eventually picked up by Creator/{{Netflix}} on the week of its intended release.

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* Paramount canceled the United States release of ''[[WesternAnimation/TheLittlePrince2015 The Little Prince]]'' just a week before its scheduled release, making it one of the most abrupt release cancellations ever. Paramount allegedly feared the film would not hold out against either ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' (which was a massive hit) or ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' (which was scheduled for release the week after ''The Little Prince''[='=]s canceled release), and would've served as another box office bomb in Paramount's history books[[note]]The film's release was planned during a turbulent time at Paramount, thanks to under-performing releases in 2015 and continued executive meltdowns at Creator/{{Viacom}}, their parent comapny[[/note]].company[[/note]]. The distribution were eventually picked up by Creator/{{Netflix}} on the week of its intended release.



* Creator/{{Disney}} released ''Disney/WinnieThePooh'' in the US on the same weekend as ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows - Part II'' (the highly-anticipated GrandFinale to that respective film franchise) with [[InvisibleAdvertising virtually no marketing]] to support the film. The reason for the studio's bleak outlook on the film was actually due to its disappointing preceding international numbers (where the film was outperformed by ''WesternAnimation/{{Rio}}'' and ''Film/{{Hop}}'') and because other ''Pooh'' movies haven't fared well theatrically, but have done nicely on DVD. The box-office failure of this movie caused Disney to [[GenreKiller seriously reconsider making any future hand-drawn animated films]], prompting some to question if Disney deliberately sent it out to die so they shift focus once more exclusively towards CG animated films[[note]]this was shortly after they returned to the animation style for the first time in years with ''The Princess and the Frog'', which despite being well-received only made a modest profit and was vastly outgrossed by Disney's CG-animated ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' the following year[[/note]].

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* Creator/{{Disney}} released ''Disney/WinnieThePooh'' in the US on the same weekend as ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows - Part II'' (the highly-anticipated GrandFinale to that respective film franchise) with [[InvisibleAdvertising virtually no marketing]] to support the film. The reason for the studio's bleak outlook on the film was actually due to its disappointing preceding international numbers (where the film was outperformed by flopped against ''WesternAnimation/{{Rio}}'' and ''Film/{{Hop}}'') and because other ''Pooh'' movies haven't fared well theatrically, but have done nicely on DVD. The box-office failure of this movie caused Disney to [[GenreKiller seriously reconsider making any future hand-drawn animated films]], prompting some to question if Disney deliberately sent it out to die so they shift focus once more exclusively towards CG animated films[[note]]this was shortly after they returned to the animation style for the first time in years with ''The Princess and the Frog'', ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'', which despite being well-received only made a modest profit and was vastly outgrossed by Disney's CG-animated ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' the following year[[/note]].
14th Oct '16 2:42:11 PM Yeow95
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* Creator/{{Disney}} released ''Disney/WinnieThePooh'' in the US on the same weekend as ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows - Part II'' (the highly-anticipated GrandFinale to that respective film franchise) with [[InvisibleAdvertising virtually no marketing]] to support the film. The reason for the studio's bleak outlook on the film was actually due to its disappointing preceding international numbers (where the film was outperformed by ''WesternAnimation/{{Rio}}'' and ''Film/{{Hop}}'') and because other ''Pooh'' movies haven't fared well theatrically, but have done nicely on DVD. The box-office failure of this movie caused Disney to [[GenreKiller seriously reconsider making any future hand-drawn animated films]], prompting some to question if Disney deliberately sent it out to die so they could focus entirely on CG films[[note]]this was after [[Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog their first attempt at a traditionally-animated film in years]] only made a modest profit, while [[Disney/Tangled the CG animated film that followed it]] was a blockbuster success[[/note]].

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* Creator/{{Disney}} released ''Disney/WinnieThePooh'' in the US on the same weekend as ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows - Part II'' (the highly-anticipated GrandFinale to that respective film franchise) with [[InvisibleAdvertising virtually no marketing]] to support the film. The reason for the studio's bleak outlook on the film was actually due to its disappointing preceding international numbers (where the film was outperformed by ''WesternAnimation/{{Rio}}'' and ''Film/{{Hop}}'') and because other ''Pooh'' movies haven't fared well theatrically, but have done nicely on DVD. The box-office failure of this movie caused Disney to [[GenreKiller seriously reconsider making any future hand-drawn animated films]], prompting some to question if Disney deliberately sent it out to die so they could shift focus entirely on once more exclusively towards CG animated films[[note]]this was shortly after [[Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog their they returned to the animation style for the first attempt at a traditionally-animated film time in years]] years with ''The Princess and the Frog'', which despite being well-received only made a modest profit, while [[Disney/Tangled profit and was vastly outgrossed by Disney's CG-animated ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' the CG animated film that followed it]] was a blockbuster success[[/note]].following year[[/note]].
14th Oct '16 2:22:13 PM Yeow95
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* Disney released ''Disney/WinnieThePooh'' on the same weekend as ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows - Part II''. The reason for Creator/{{Disney}}'s bleak outlook on the film was actually due to its disappointing international numbers (where it flopped against ''WesternAnimation/{{Rio}}'' and ''Film/{{Hop}}'') and because other ''Pooh'' movies haven't fared well theatrically, but have done nicely on DVD. The box-office failure of this movie caused Disney to seriously reconsider making any future hand-drawn animated films.

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* Disney Creator/{{Disney}} released ''Disney/WinnieThePooh'' in the US on the same weekend as ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows - Part II''. II'' (the highly-anticipated GrandFinale to that respective film franchise) with [[InvisibleAdvertising virtually no marketing]] to support the film. The reason for Creator/{{Disney}}'s the studio's bleak outlook on the film was actually due to its disappointing preceding international numbers (where it flopped against the film was outperformed by ''WesternAnimation/{{Rio}}'' and ''Film/{{Hop}}'') and because other ''Pooh'' movies haven't fared well theatrically, but have done nicely on DVD. The box-office failure of this movie caused Disney to [[GenreKiller seriously reconsider making any future hand-drawn animated films.films]], prompting some to question if Disney deliberately sent it out to die so they could focus entirely on CG films[[note]]this was after [[Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog their first attempt at a traditionally-animated film in years]] only made a modest profit, while [[Disney/Tangled the CG animated film that followed it]] was a blockbuster success[[/note]].
3rd Oct '16 10:12:16 AM mimitchi33
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* The ''VideoGame/AikatsuStars'' suffered this trope due to being released during Obon, which is a very important holiday for Japanese families and opening on the same weekend as ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretLifeOfPets''. On most of the weekends following opening weekend, multiple typhoons hit the country, keeping many families in their houses for the weekend as weather conditions were unsafe.

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* The ''VideoGame/AikatsuStars'' movie suffered this trope due to being released during Obon, which is a very important holiday for Japanese families and opening on the same weekend as ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretLifeOfPets''. On most of the weekends following opening weekend, multiple typhoons hit the country, keeping many families in their houses for the weekend as weather conditions were unsafe.
3rd Oct '16 10:07:26 AM mimitchi33
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* The ''VideoGame/AikatsuStars'' suffered this trope due to being released during Obon, which is a very important holiday for Japanese families and opening on the same weekend as ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretLifeOfPets''. On it's second and third weekends, typhoons hit the country, keeping many families in their houses for the weekend as weather conditions were unsafe.

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* The ''VideoGame/AikatsuStars'' suffered this trope due to being released during Obon, which is a very important holiday for Japanese families and opening on the same weekend as ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretLifeOfPets''. On it's second and third weekends, most of the weekends following opening weekend, multiple typhoons hit the country, keeping many families in their houses for the weekend as weather conditions were unsafe.unsafe.
** The same problem plauged the movie of fellow BanDai property ''Film/HappinessChargePrettyCure!'' two years prior, but with a better outcome. It opened at number 5 and earned 100,000,000 yen due to Typhoon Vongfong, but it made enough money to become the second highest grossing non-Pretty Cure All Stars films of all time.
30th Aug '16 10:36:26 AM mimitchi33
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* The ''VideoGame/AikatsuStars'' suffered this trope due to being released during Obon, which is a very important holiday for Japanese families, and opening on the same weekend as ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretLifeOfPets''.

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* The ''VideoGame/AikatsuStars'' suffered this trope due to being released during Obon, which is a very important holiday for Japanese families, families and opening on the same weekend as ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretLifeOfPets''.''WesternAnimation/TheSecretLifeOfPets''. On it's second and third weekends, typhoons hit the country, keeping many families in their houses for the weekend as weather conditions were unsafe.
21st Aug '16 11:53:50 AM mimitchi33
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* Dino Time was supposed to be released in January of 2013, but was pulled from theaters before it's release. Two years later, it was released DirectToDVD as ''Back to the Jurrasic'', possibly to tie in with the release of JurrasicWorld.

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* Dino Time was supposed to be released in January of 2013, but was pulled from theaters before it's release. Two years later, it was released DirectToDVD as ''Back to the Jurrasic'', Jurassic'', possibly to tie in with the release of JurrasicWorld. ''Film/JurassicWorld''.
* The ''VideoGame/AikatsuStars'' suffered this trope due to being released during Obon, which is a very important holiday for Japanese families, and opening on the same weekend as ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretLifeOfPets''.
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