Sabot L'ours (sabotlours) wrote,
Sabot L'ours

Media Conglomeration

We watched "Minions" last night and thought it was a really cute movie. The one thing that struck me was that the movie freely used classic songs by the Beatles, Rolling Stones, and the Who. I've been noticing this a lot lately. Perhaps it's because I grew up with movies in the 80's and 90's that there seems to be a lot more classic rock in movies nowadays. It was a big deal back then to have a classic song done by the original artist. When they used "Twist and Shout" in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" it actually sent the song back into the Top 40. Albums like "The Big Chill Soundtrack" were huge hits because they contained a whole bunch of classic songs. It just doesn't seem like a big deal any more. I'm wondering if it's because so many media companies have merged into mega corporations that catalogs have also been merged. Perhaps it was a huge deal to get a Capitol song into a Universal movie but over the years through acquisitions they are now one in the same. I have nothing to back this theory up, but it just seems that there is a lot less protection of cultural property. The other possibility is that where no one was willing to pay big bucks for royalty rights in the past it's no longer an issue. On the other paw, whitetail posted about "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" which was a hit in the 80's. Disney and Warner Brothers cooperating and having characters share the screen?!? Unthinkable! Perhaps that's why it was such a smash.
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