Worth keeping in mind - every Pixar film released in recent years, including the just-released Lightyear, began development and production under Iger's watch. Pixar's significant decline started only a few short years after the aquisition, really only once they started releasing projects Iger had a hand in. If anyone is responsible, it's the man who bought it.Something occurred to me today. Iger’s early success (and one of his proudest achievements) was the Pixar acquisition. If you look at Chapek’s moves, it seems he’s diminished (either intentionally or by poor management) the Pixar brand. I think Lasseter’s loss and some brain drain is to blame to a degree, but for a company/entity that at one point could do no wrong, it seems they’ve lost their way terribly. It’s basically another imprint now within the company. I wonder how the BOD (and Iger on the sidelines) will view the diminishment of this brand.
I don't really say that in defense of Chapek, but it should be remembered that their 4 projects released under his tenture were pretty far along by the time he showed up. We haven't really seen his touch on their movies yet.