"Hi Ho! Hi Ho! It’s off to court we go!" — More Disney litigation blogging

This post is by from West Coast Stat Views (on Observational Epidemiology and more)

Though the Air Pirates case was more consequential (and arguably more egregious), it was Disney’s legal response to the 1989 Academy Awards that did the most in the industry to solidify the company’s reputation for overly aggressive litigation. As Variety put it, “Because the Academy did something kinda Dopey, Disney sure is Grumpy.” The story behind the suit is the stuff of Hollywood legends.
Carr’s reputation for hosting expensive and lavish parties and creating spectacular production numbers led AMPAS to hire him to produce the 61st Academy Awards on March 29, 1989. Carr made a promise to shift the show from its perceived dry and dull stature to something different, one that would be inspired by Beach Blanket Babylon (created by Steve Silver), the musical revue show featuring Snow White during the Golden Age of Hollywood.[7] Three time Academy Award winner Marvin Hamlisch was brought in as conductor. With the promise of being “the antithesis of tacky,” for which the ceremony would have no host, as it would rotate actors and actresses instead generally put in pairs as part of Carr’s theme of “couples, companions, costars, and compadres”, with the most notable pair being Bob Hope and Lucille Ball (in her final public appearance before her death just a few weeks later). The criticism for the ceremony stemmed mostly from the musical numbers that attempted to cross both Old and New Hollywood together. It began with a booming voice stating that the “star of all time” would arrive (Read more…)