http://Interesting Article "Why Pixa... leave Disney"
Originally posted by Carson O'Genic
I always wondered why this wasn't discussed as an option. Since nobody talks about it, I figure that the barrier to entry as a distibutor must be very steep. Pixar certainly has name recognition, so they really don't need the Disnay name all that much.
Even with Pixar's incredible track record, Jobs has found that getting a new partner is easier said than done. Since Universal and Paramount have decided to disband their international distribution arm, UIP, Jobs has only three choices if he wants a distributor with the global clout that comes close to Disney'sSony Pictures, 20th Century Fox, and Warner Bros. But in the 20 months that have elapsed since he fired his parting shot at Eisner, Jobs has not been able to make a suitable deal with any of these studios. The reason is not that the studios lack appreciation for the creative genius of Pixar and its pioneering work in computer graphics, but that any new Pixar films would face a potentially awesome competitor: Pixar sequels. For example, a new Pixar film might find itself competing for summer play dates with The Incredibles 2, backed by a Disney juggernaut of merchandising tie-ins with fast-food restaurants, toy licenses, informational shows on the Disney Channel and overseas channels, and its proven Pied Piper effectiveness in recruiting children's audiences.
Simply put, it would be Pixar vs. Pixar. Ironically, the only studio that can release a Pixar movie without the threat of such competition is Disney. Just as second chances with happy endings are a formula for success in children's movies, Jobs may prudently decide, especially now that Eisner is gone, that breaking up with Disney is not worth the effort.