I think about the supervillain rise and fall of former Disney chairman and CEO Michael Eisner more than I should. If you’ve ever read anything about the history of Disney from the 80s to the 2000s, Eisner is guaranteed to be one of the main characters in the business side of things. If you’re unfamiliar with the famous executive, this quote will tell you much of what you need to know.
«We have no obligation to make art. We have no obligation to make history. We have no obligation to make a statement. But to make money, it is often important to make history, to make art, or to make some significant statement. We must always make entertaining movies, and, if we make entertaining movies, at times, we will reliably make history, art, a statement or all three.»
Spoken like a true creative executive! Love him or hate him, if it weren’t for Michael Eisner, Disney’s animation department would likely no longer exist, and you wouldn’t be on the verge of scrolling through 30 hilarious Disney memes.