MARKETING B.C.: Hit movies had to attract all ages. A.D.: Films are made for kids, especially teenage boys. Since this is also the fast-food target audience, chains like McDonald's jump at tie-in campaigns.
THE FRANCHISE B.C.: Movies were one-offs; there was no Gone With the Wind II. A.D.: Studios swing for the fences to get a mega-hit action film that can win name-brand recognition and be profitably cloned for years to come.
SPFX B.C.: Special effects were mostly mechanical toys and puppets. A.D.: Computers made movies "virtual."
TOYS B.C.: The big tie-in was Mickey Mouse watches. A.D.: Every kid has to...