A couple of thoughts spring to mind here: One, they wanted a Kingdom Hearts that they didn’t have to share profits on. Two, the concept of getting gamers to buy collectible figurines to activate characters is one they couldn’t believe Skylanders thought of first, but they will do better because they’re Disney goddammit, and people already know all their characters.
So far the character selection leans heavily away from hand-drawn classic characters and towards Pixar movies, Wreck-It Ralph, Captain Jack Sparrow and Jack Skellington – presumably the entire Disney empire will follow as far as the market will bear.
And since Brad Bird apparently isn’t keen on sequels, this might be the only way you’ll get more Incredibles. Even if it does mean Syndrome riding on Dumbo.
Luke Y. Thompson has been writing professionally about movies and pop-culture since 1999, and has also been an actor in some extremely cheap culty and horror movies you will probably never hear much about (he is nonetheless mostly proud of them, as he met his wife on one). As editor of The Robot's Voice since 2012, he can take the blame for the majority of the site's content, all of which he creates because he loves you very, very much. (Although he loves nachos more. Sorry.)
Prior to TRV, Luke wrote for publications that include the New Times LA, Los Angeles CityBeat, E! Online, OC Weekly, Geekweek, GeekChicDaily, The L.A. Times, The Village Voice, LA Weekly, and Nerdist