Overview: It was another year of corporate drama at Disney. Michael Eisner announced he would step down as CEO in 2006, a very public court battle with former exec Michael Ovitz hogged headlines and protracted Pixar negotiations failed to net a recommitment with the animation hit factory. But just when things were looking bleak off- and onscreen, the Mouse roared back to life with the one-two B.O. punch of “The Incredibles” and “National Treasure.”
Winners and losers: After a bumpy first half due to “The Alamo,” “Home on the Range” and, to a lesser extent, “Hidalgo,” the studio staged a second-half rally. “The Village” and “Princess Diaries 2” were followed by a fourth quarter featuring Jerry Bruckheimer’s “National Treasure” and toon smash “The Incredibles.”
Award prospects: “The Incredibles” may provide Disney with its first shot in a long while at a picture Oscar, while many see it as the front-runner for the animation trophy.
The year ahead: The studio looks forward to the remake of “Herbie the Love Bug,” Walter Salles’ “Dark Water,” Bruckheimer’s “Glory Road,” Steve Martin’s “Shopgirl,” the animated “Chicken Little” and its ambitious “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” Disney also has potential awards bait with director Lasse Hallstrom’s take on the classic tale “Casanova,” starring Heath Ledger.