Home On The Range
|Budget: $110 million||Financed by: Disney|
|Domestic Gross: $50,030,461||Domestic Distributor: Disney|
|Overseas Gross: $53,921,000|
& John Sanford
Directed by: Will Finn
Produced by: Alice Dewey Goldstone
Disney was phasing out traditional animation while Home On The Range was in production and it accelerated after they released the massive flop Treasure Planet in 2002. The mouse house laid off 50 animators in Orlando in 2003, shuttered its Paris animation studio and closed its animation house in Tokyo, laying off more than 100 people. In addition to the layoffs, Disney had been cutting animators’ salaries by as much as 50%. In early 2004, before Home On The Range was released Disney closed down the Florida animation branch and scrapped their in-progress feature A Few Good Ghosts. Home On The Range cost Disney $110 million plus an expensive global P&A spend and it opened in the US in 3,047 theaters, where it would be competing for family auds with Scooby-Doo 2 in its second weekend. Home On The Range came in below expectations with a poor $13,880,771 — placing #4 for the weekend led by new openers Hellboy and Walking Tall and it came in slightly behind Scooby-Doo 2. The toon declined 41.6% the following weekend to $8,105,171 and adding to the mouse house’s problems that weekend was their expensive disaster The Alamo opening to miserable numbers. Home On The Range cumed a $50,030,461 domestic gross and the overseas numbers were inline with its weak domestic gross, topping out at $53,921,000. Quarterly financial reports expected Home On The Range to leave Disney with a $70 million write down. Traditional animation took a hiatus at Disney until 2009’s The Princess and the Frog.