The idea that the film bombed because it was "too dark" is nonsense. Pinocchio is a darker film. In fact, fans were really hoping this would be Disney's return to taking animation seriously. I went to opening night in a theater packed with families, animation geeks and Disney fans...and you could feel the disappointment in the air. Nothing worked. The audience laughed when the pig got skynapped--not a good sign. My friend said it best afterward, "It tries to do too many things, and doesn't do any of them well." Weak, forgettable characters. Really annoying, unappealing comic relief. Boring, boring, BORING villain. A plot that just seems just a collection of random "fantasy genre" events. That's why the film bombed. It just isn't a good movie. I know Katzenberg messed with the editing, but I can't see anything worth saving in what's up there on the screen. It's as if you took the human characters out of the "Fox and the Hound" and "The Rescuers" and had them pretending to be in a fantasy epic written by a committee with no clue how to tell a good fantasy story.