Big Names, Big Flops: Apple Bandai Pippin & Disney's Mars Needs Moms

Big companies may have many successes that led to their size and wealth, but even the most titanic of corporations have stumbles—proving that even big names can have flops.

Big companies may have many successes that led to their size and wealth, but even the most titanic of corporations have stumbles—proving that even big names can have flops.

Big companies may have many successes that led to their size and wealth, but even the most titanic of corporations have stumbles—proving that even big names can have flops.

Apple has had massive success in the last few years with its “i” line of products: the iPhone, iPad, iMac and so on. However, at one point, Apple entered the highly competitive world of video games. This led to the Apple Bandai Pippin, which launched in America in 1996. The Pippin came out at a time when Sony had released its Playstation and Nintendo was launching its Nintendo 64 console. It was a CD-based video game system with a boomerang-shaped controller and even included a built in 14.4 modem. Although it had technology based on the successful Macintosh brand of computers, less than 20 games were released for the console in the US. The $600 console struggled to find a market against its much cheaper competition, which had a wider variety of games. With less than 50 thousand sold, the Pippin was pulled from the market the next year.

Recently, Disney released Frozen, which has now gone on to become the most successful animated film of all time, grossing over $1.1 billion dollars on a $150 million dollar budget. However, while fans young and old are singing “Let it Go” with fondness, another recent computer-generated Disney film was a major flop. That flop was Mars Needs Moms. Like Frozen, this movie had a $150 million budget, but would make only $38 million back, making it the second biggest box-office flop in history. The film told the story of Milo, who after an argument with his mother, finds his Mom is taken to Mars. It featured the voices of Seth Green, Dee Bradley Baker and Joan Cusack.


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